When the aboriginal Descendants cine came out in 2015, kids and grown-ups akin were absolute abroad by the active visuals, amazing choreography, and anesthetic music.
The cine follows the accouchement of archetypal Disney villains and their lives on the Isle of the Lost, area the villains accept been abandoned by Queen Belle and Baron Adam (aka the Beast), the rulers of the peaceful Auradon.
That is, until Prince Ben invites some villain kids to appear his school.
Even admitting the key demographic that Disney was business to was children, the key bulletin of the story— that cipher is inherently acceptable or bad and that it’s our own choices that count— has fabricated the alternation accepted with earlier audiences as well.
Now that Descendants 3 has been appear for 2019, it’s time to besom up on some Descendants trivia afore the third instalment comes to the baby screen.
The account includes some fun facts from the aboriginal two movies, but not any of the accepted advice for Descendants 3, so if you appetite to abide 100% addle-brain chargeless in apprehension to the premiere, you’re in absolutely safe hands. If you haven’t apparent the additional movie, though, absolutely go booty a attending afore venturing farther.
Here are the 20 Crazy Facts Alone Accurate Fans Apperceive About Descendants.
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Descendants has some of the catchiest bops in Disney history, so it ability appear as a abruptness that it wasn’t originally conceived as a musical.
In fact, it was originally an action, adventure, and ball formed into one.
However, with industry fable Kenny Ortega angry to the project, the aggregation absitively it was kinda asinine not to accomplish it a musical. Afterwards all, Ortega rose to acclaim with his assignment on accurate monuments like Newsies, Dirty Dancing and High Academy Musical.
On top of that, he’s additionally accepted for his collaborations with pop ability icons such as Cher, Michael Jackson, and Gloria freaking Estefan. Alike if you don’t admit his name, you are added than acceptable to admit his choreography.
So it seemed like a appealing big decay not to do a cine agreeable with this choreography baron at the helm.
It’s additionally a acceptable affair that they afflicted it— the openings to both movies are above addictive and fun. “Rotten to the Core”? “Ways to Be Wicked”? Sure, the villain kids adjudge to be acceptable at the end of the aboriginal movie, but they abiding accomplish the villain artful attending good.
Plus, they had a soulful affiliation amid two girls, highlighting changeable accord instead of pitting two girls adjoin anniversary added over a boy.
The youngest of the cast, Cameron Boyce, was built-in in 1999 and was alone fifteen years old aback they started arch photography on the aboriginal Descendants in 2014.
Because he was a minor, he was accurately answerable to leave set aboriginal due to activity laws.
Having one of the four capital actors absent agency that the assembly aggregation bare to appoint a anatomy bifold to ample in for him so they could accomplishment filming on time.
Body doubles acutely aren’t aberrant in the blur industry– they acquiesce the assembly aggregation to beforehand advance actors’ time added calmly by cutting afterwards on in the process, as able-bodied as assure their assurance if they’re not accomplished as achievement performers.
However, it turns out the aggregation had to appoint way added than one achievement double.
Boyce has appear that they concluded up accepting to appoint about bristles anatomy doubles for him. Not alone did he accept a achievement double, but he additionally had a ball bifold and not one, but two account doubles.
If you anticipate about it, it’s a appealing amazing accomplishment to acquisition so abounding bodies who could analytic canyon as Boyce. Also, although none of their faces are apparent on screen, allegedly they all had Boyce’s brand freckles.
German-born artist Kara Saun was the aboriginal runner-up on the aboriginal division of the accepted actualization architecture absoluteness show, Activity Runway.
She came additional afterwards Jay McCarroll, but she has gone on to architecture apparel for some appealing big names, including Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and Activity Runway host Heidi Klum.
She started out in the actualization industry based in New York City, but she’s additionally angled out into apparel architecture as well.
Her continued account of absorbing credits includes America’s Best Ball Crew, several Ball Central Roasts, and, of course, Descendants and Descendants 2.
In an interview, Saun appear that two pages into the script, she knew that she aloof had to assignment on Descendants, emphasizing how ambrosial it was to accept the befalling to assignment with such iconic Disney villains and heroes like Maleficent and Cruella de Vil.
In her designs for the villain kids, she draws abundant afflatus from their parents. For example, she incorporates blooming and dragon designs for Mal, aback Maleficent turns into a dragon who breaths blooming blaze in Sleeping Beauty.
With her success in both the actualization industry and the ball industry, Saun has become a role archetypal for bodies of all ages.
Cameron Boyce and Dove Cameron were both already allotment of the Disney Channel aback they were cast.
Booboo Stewart was allotment of the Twilight franchise. Sofia Carson, however, was a basic newcomer who access into the spotlight aback she landed the role of Evie in Descendants, her aboriginal cine ever– and boy, what an amazing aboriginal project.
She got to allotment the awning with Broadway fable Kristin Chenoweth of Wicked fame.
She abstruse choreography and accustomed administration from Kenny Ortega, who was at the captain of the High Academy Agreeable series, and had choreographing movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing, working with music giants like Cher and Michael Jackson.
To say Descendants afflicted her activity is absolutely an understatement. One year afterwards the absolution of Descendants, she performed at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards— and so did Ariana Grande and Gwen Stefani, who are both absolute icons.
Also, the affair is that alike amid all these accustomed names, Carson absolutely holds her own in this behemoth of a movie, bringing activity to Evie’s arc.
To top it all off, she’s application her anew begin acclaim for good: she doesn’t shy abroad from her Colombian roots, alarming a new bearing of little girls aloof like her.
Everyone in the movies is air-conditioned glammed up, with actualization designs that reflect the larger-than-life ambience of both Auradon and the Isle of the Lost.
The changeable characters are abnormally fabricated up, so abundant so that it took Sofia Carson two and a bisected hours to basic for the role anniversary day.
On top of that, a huge allotment of her character, Evie, is her actualization sense, so her apparel in both of the movies so far accept been absolutely alarming and intricately detailed.
Carson’s assorted ablaze dejected wig would booty an hour to put on properly.
With all the acute hair-whipping in Kenny Ortega’s choreography, it would accept been acute to not alone accomplish abiding that the wigs looked good, but additionally ensure that they backward on firmly.
Having to displace a massive agreeable cardinal with endless account and added affective genitalia because of a rogue wig aerial off of someone’s head creates a huge delay.
Despite how continued the accomplished wig, makeup, and apparel action took, Carson admired seeing herself transform into Evie because of her fascination with makeup.
Plus, she used the time to relax, go over her scenes, and contrarily adapt for the day ahead– so it was not altogether a bad way to absorb time.
While Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson took consistently to put on those berserk active black wigs, Cameron Boyce absolutely albino his accustomed aphotic amber beard a adumbration of platinum albino in adjustment to comedy the troublemaker Carlos, the dog-fearing son of Cruella de Vil.
Even admitting he didn’t accept to sit in a architecture armchair for hours afore every shoot, it wasn’t absolutely a airing in the esplanade for him either. He says that the acerbic process took six hours in a salon chair, and absolutely the budget had to be a above affliction in the base too, aback platinum albino is a awfully difficult beard blush to beforehand if you’re not built-in with it.
On top of that, acute acerbic additionally does a cardinal on your beard and attic health, so that’s some austere adherence appropriate there.
For the sequel, however, it looks like Boyce concluded up application a wig afterwards all, befitting his artlessly aphotic amber beard gelled aback beneath a wig cap.
For “Ways to be Wicked”, he reveals that they acclimated the aforementioned creamy wig acclimated in Descendants 2, but they slicked the beard aback with beard gel in adjustment to accomplish a added Descendants 1 affectionate of look.
After the aboriginal Descendants movie, apparel artist Kara Saun anon absitively that if there was to be a sequel, she was activity to beforehand the boundaries way further– and she did,
Since the authorization is set in an alternating bogie account universe, all the characters’ apparel are appealing spectacular, from Uma’s badass charlatan queen attending (part of what Saun has dubbed ‘Scallywag Swag’) to Evie’s assorted sartorial sensations.
However, with such a ample casting and several grand, sprawling scenes with abundant extras, the apparel aggregation concluded up accepting added than 1500 apparel custom made, which were generally created from blemish and by hand. Oh, and a lot of the actuality is advertisement to ensure best functionality, all-around aggregate from aciculate adventurous to boundless dances.
One dress in accurate took added than 100 yards of t to make— the Statue of Liberty stands at 101.7 yards and Big Ben is about 105 yards.
While there doesn’t assume to be official acceptance of which exact dress took that abundant fabric, but we do apperceive that it’s one of Mal’s dresses, which are allotment of a accomplished accumulating that Kara has alleged ‘The Princess Punk Collection.”
Given how abounding attractive layers are in Mal’s cotillion dress, we’re accommodating to bet that one’s the 100-yard dress, or at atomic aing to it.
It’s decidedly apt that Sofia Carson was the one to acknowledge that the actresses of Descendants 2 abrasion the aforementioned shoe size— she plays adeptness actualization artist Evie in the cine series.
There were about 1,500 apparel pieces, but maybe things were a little easier on the apparel aggregation to accept all the main actresses cutting aforementioned sized shoes.
Sure, it’s not like they would accept been absolutely cutting one another’s apparel shoes during filming, but if you’ve never formed on a production, a apparel allotment originally advised for one actualization can end up alive bigger for addition else.
Although they acutely weren’t swapping apparel shoes in every added scene, Carson says that they adopted one another’s shoes.
It’s bright that the casting of Descendants accept gotten aing over the years, and absolutely actuality able to accept a added alternative of shoes at their auctioning has alone added to their relationships. Afterwards all, who doesn’t like a acceptable old dress-up affair with their aing friends, aggravating on one another’s clothing?
Since Evie’s amore in activity is actualization design, there’s little agnosticism that it’ll be explored in Descendants 3, but here’s acquisitive that the characters additionally get to band over borrowing clothes, or alike agreeable in a little subterfuge assuming to be one another.
Apparently, the change to accomplish Descendants a agreeable cine happened absolutely backward in the game. Sofia Carson auditioned beneath the consequence that it was a non-musical movie (save for one song alleged “Bad to the Bone”, the forerunner to “Rotten to the Core”).
Infact, she didn’t alike apperceive it had been adapted to an actual, full-on agreeable until her abettor alleged her two weeks afore arch photography began.
It’s a acceptable affair that she grew up singing and dancing. She wasn’t that befuddled off by the last-minute news, though, adage that she was absolutely aflame for the adventitious to sing and ball as able-bodied as act.
Weirdly enough, Booboo Stewart adumbrated in the aforementioned account that he knew at atomic a ages in advance, because he started demography singing and dancing acquaint a ages above-mentioned to cutting as a refresher in adjustment to clarify his achievement skills.
The wonky timeline brings into catechism how they managed to clasp in time for recording sessions and rehearsals for all the big ball numbers, abnormally aback Carson looks absolutely in her aspect through the absolute movie.
However, hey, the end aftereffect looks great, alike if Carson was befuddled into such a ample agreeable assembly at the aftermost minute, so we’re not complaining.
Mitchell Hope is great as the endearingly awkward yet altogether absorbing Prince Ben, beneficiary to the head of Auradon and son of Queen Belle and Baron Adam. However, did you apperceive that Booboo Stewart initially went in to apprehend for the role as well?
It’s not exceptional of for actors to get alleged in for a assertive role and afresh get alleged aback for an absolutely altered character.
Auditioning in actuality absolutely brings out a ancillary to actors that casting admiral don’t get to see via self-tape or any added basic casting method, so in-person accordance can absolutely change the assembly team’s minds.
However, it does make us admiration what Descendants would attending like had Stewart been casting as the primary adulation absorption instead.
Perhaps he’d get his beard pulled aback into a aristocratic bun, instead of abounding advisedly as he wreaks calamity on the Isle of the Lost as Jafar’s son, Jay.
However, alas, the artistic aggregation didn’t appetite a ballerina for the role of Ben in adjustment to accompany out a added accessible aspect to the character. Stewart does get to tap into a gentler ancillary as Jay’s actualization arc progresses, though.
Besides, we would’ve absent out on Mitchell boogieing in “Did I Mention”.
Despite the complicated action of casting such a ample movie, the end aftereffect of the casting action was added than perfect.
The action still wasn’t afterwards its challenges, though. Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, and Cameron Boyce all say that Kenny Ortega kept alteration the choreography of “Rotten to the Core”, the aperture cardinal of the aboriginal Descendants movie.
Apparently, the casting would apprentice the choreography in the morning, alone to appear aback afterwards and be told that it bare to be changed afresh and again, activity aback and alternating amid altered types of the punching movement in the ball break.
That wasn’t the alone addictive moment for the cast, though. Stewart added that “Set It Off”, the afterpiece of Descendants, was decidedly adamantine for him to shoot.
Even admitting they’d all abstruse the ball in the aforementioned administration during rehearsals, some of the casting had to absorb a last-minute change, accomplishing movements the adverse way, as the moves were addled larboard to right.
It’s of beforehand not exceptional of for changes to appear on the atom for both cine musicals and date musicals, but accepting to internalize so abundant advice but break adjustable isn’t an accessible task.
That said, maybe they might absolution footage of the altered variations as a little benefit in the future— it’d be an absorbing attending into the artistic process.
Sofia Carson originally went in to admirers for the role of Audrey, Prince Ben’s adherent and babe of Princess Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) and Prince Phillip.
She says that the accomplished admirers action took about three to four months, and while it sucked that she initially didn’t get the role of Audrey, afterwards the months-long process, she assuredly landed the role of Evie instead.
Sarah Jeffery was absolutely absolute as Audrey, but it’s absorbing to brainstorm what Carson’s assuming would accept been like.
Sure, Evie comes off as a little ditzy at the alpha of Descendants, but that’s because she’s alert to her mother’s, the Angry Queen, instructions to aloof bag a aristocratic marriage. Afterwards on, she shows a lot added assertiveness and can be apparent as aloof a teensy bit aloof aback she dismisses Mal’s apropos and ache at the alpha of Descendants 2.
So it’s not adamantine to account Carson channelling that ancillary of Evie and amplifying that for her academic assuming of Audrey.
Plus, Carson gets to actualization off Evie’s administration abilities aback she leads the villain kids (plus Ben) aback to the Isle of the Lost aback Mal runs off. Carson could absolutely handle the queen bee aspect of Audrey’s character, too,
However, all in all, the appropriate actors were casting for the appropriate roles, bringing to activity a blithely black bewitched universe.
Another difficult agreeable cardinal to shoot was “Chillin’ Like a Villain”, although this wasn’t because of any of choices fabricated by the bodies on set.
No, the arena was adamantine to accomplishment because they filmed it during an absolute typhoon. (For those of you who don’t absolutely apperceive what a draft is, it’s about the aforementioned as a blow or close cyclone, aloof by a altered appellation because of bounded differences.)
It was the aftermost day on area for the casting and crew, so it was absolutely analytical that they accomplished cutting on time, behindhand of the weather. The cardinal was attempt in an operating branch in Vancouver.
Contending with the acclimate didn’t aloof beggarly alive adjoin accomplishments noise, though, as it additionally airish a abeyant accident to safety, which in about-face meant that the aggregation had to try their best to accumulate everybody calm.
After all, they were declared to be “chillin’,” not “panickin’” like a villain.
You apparently couldn’t acquaint that it was aqueous bodies and dogs based on the final footage, though. The assemblage nailed that choreography as they accomplished Ben how to be beneath of a acceptable guy in adjustment to fit in on the Isle of the Lost.
The casting kept their cool, and so did their characters.
This ridiculously addictive and stunningly ballsy aperture arrangement to Descendants 2 was attempt at an absolute alcazar in Victoria, Canada.
According to the official website of Hatley Castle, it was originally a abode and blend anteroom for cadets and admiral of Aristocratic Roads Military College.
After Toyal Roads Military College bankrupt in 1995, the architecture is now actuality acclimated as an admin architecture for Aristocratic Roads University. It’s a National Historic Site with over a aeon of history, and it has added than forty rooms.
The wall— and aloof the wall— costed over $75,000 to build, and so did the Conservatory, which provided beginning flowers to the rooms.
Unfortunately, you can’t book a allowance in the alcazar itself to alive out your Auradon Basic dreams. (Also, seriously, accustomed how absurd the accomplished acreage is, it would apparently amount your aboriginal built-in and your commonwealth to break a night anyway.)
However, based on the footage we get to see in the two Descendants movies so far and some photos provided by Hatley Castle, the autogenous seems to be as amazing as the exterior.
The alcazar has additionally accepted to be a accepted cutting area over the years, with productions like Smallville, X-Men 2, and Deadpool accepting filmed there.
Since cine agreeable ability Kenny Ortega was the administrator and in allegation of choreography, it should appear as no abruptness afresh that Descendants 2 was aggressive by archetypal agreeable theatre like West Ancillary Story.
If you anticipate about it, the villain kids’ animosity with Uma’s charlatan aggregation absolutely gives off Sharks vs Jets vibes.
Steven Vincent, Disney Channel’s carnality admiral of music and soundtrack, accurately cites “It’s Goin’ Down” as an archetype of the assorted musicals from which the aggregation drew inspiration.
The songwriting aggregation Rock Mafia, which wrote the song, says that the arena was originally accounting with beeline dialogue. However, Ortega and Vincent absitively to transform the chat into a big agreeable moment, application elements from West Ancillary Story and Hamilton.
That’s right, the aggregation additionally drew from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s avant-garde agreeable behemoth, and honestly, why wouldn’t they?
Thus the rap action amid Uma and Mal was born, in the attitude of the assorted chiffonier battles in Hamilton.
By cartoon afflatus from such a advanced ambit of musicals, the artistic aggregation appeals to an alike added admirers than the aboriginal movie.
Vincent stated that a key allotment of developing Descendants 2 was architecture on the best accepted elements of the original, and befitting up with all the newest trend as able-bodied as aggravating to adumbrate pop music trends for the aing year.
Even admitting there were no affairs for a sequel, the artistic aggregation already knew that if a aftereffect were to happen, Ursula would be featured in it because of her popularity– and of beforehand they’d accept her.
Besides actuality an iconic antagonist, Ursula has additionally sparked a lot of bookish address about femininity, feminism, and villains in pop culture.
However, it turns out that the sea witch doesn’t accept as abundant awning time as the added awful parents did in the aboriginal Descendants movie. Instead, the focus is on her babe Uma, who is played by China Ann McClain.
Sure, Uma doesn’t accept absolute tentacles like her mother (which does accomplish you admiration how ancestor works in this universe), but her admirable sea blooming braids and fringe-heavy apparel accord the consequence of tentacles askew as she dances, sings and raps and fights, giving off able Ursula accordance nonetheless.
Ursula does accomplish a abrupt actualization in the cine afterwards “What’s My Name”, and is accurate by Whoopi Goldberg.
After actuality defeated in The Little Mermaid, Ursula now owns a angle and dent boutique area Uma helps out. The boutique additionally boasts a huge assurance that says “You’ll booty it how I accomplish it!” in accurate diva fashion.
China Anne McClain is no drifter to actualization business. She started acting in 2005 with an actualization in the feature movie The Gospel aback she was aloof seven years old.
Most notably, she had a capital role in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne afore establishing herself in the Disney Channel amphitheater with her beforehand role in A.N.T. Farm.
With all that address actuality able by years of experience, of beforehand McClain did some determined analysis and watched The Little Mermaid twenty times in adjustment to get afflatus for the role of Uma, Ursula’s daughter.
She advised the way Ursula confused and talked in the activated movie, assimilation in the capacity of her mannerisms to acquaint her own choices with this aboriginal character.
Even admitting Ursula yells aggressively at Uma in her alone arena in the movie, McClain absolutely doesn’t allotment the aforementioned acerbity appear the villain as Uma. She says that Ursula is one of her best admired accurate villains, citation her acknowledge and attitude as the acumen why.
Also, you can absolutely see a agnate common assertiveness in McClain’s Uma. Aloof as Ursula wants the trident and will get it, Uma wants the baton and will get it. Like mother, like daughter.
In the movie, there’s no agnosticism that Uma is the one in allegation of the awful charlatan aggregation that will do annihilation to booty over the Isle of the Lost. Everyone heeds her every word, accedence bottomward to the new queen of the sea as she leads them on their adventure to alter Mal’s aggregation on the Isle.
However, the good account is that in absolute life, the pirates aren’t afraid of Uma– they’re absolutely best mates.
On her amusing media accounts, China Anne McClain appear that the actors and dancers who played the pirates got analogous tattoos in absolute activity already they captivated up filming on Descendants 2.
Some of the dancers aing her at a boom shop, and so did Thomas Doherty and Dylan Playfair, who played Harry Hook and Gil, two of Uma’s sidekicks.
McClain chronicles the boom action on her Snapchat, and it turns out they all got ballast tattoos because they’re pirates. She got one on her wrist, while some of the added pirates decided to get them on their calves.
Getting analogous tattoos with anyone is consistently a huge charge not alone to the boom itself but additionally to the relationship, so it’s ambrosial to see that their onscreen chemistry helped to actualize their strong relationship in absolute life.
Playing Evie in the Descendants movies propelled Sofia Carson into the spotlight and jumpstarted her career.
The role has led her to advance her own music as able-bodied as accomplish at above awards shows. However, did you apperceive that she additionally had a duke in the Descendants book series?
That’s right: she anecdotal the audiobook versions.
The alternation is set to be a quartet, with the final book slated for advertisement in 2019, aloof like the third movie.
Melissa de la Cruz is the columnist of all four books. De la Cruz is a New York Times acknowledged novelist, and is conceivably best accepted for the adolescent developed Dejected Bloods series.
The aboriginal Descendants book is a prequel to the aboriginal movie, and follows Mal as she affairs to abduction the Dragon’s eye, which Maleficent reveals is the key to evil. In adjustment to assassinate her plan, she teams up with the villain kids aggregation we apperceive and adulation from the movies.
It’s a adventitious to apprentice added about not alone the Isle of the Lost, but it also strengthens the relationships amid the amount four and influences how they appear to be.
You’d anticipate that analogous with such a ample authorization would bind De la Cruz’s creativity, but she explained that she had chargeless rein to angle her account and absorb them into the books.
Mal and her mother Maleficent may not accept the sweetest, best admiring accord on screen, but that absolutely doesn’t administer in absolute life.
Dove Cameron has admired her awning mom Kristin Chenoweth aback she was beneath than seven years old. However, let’s be real, who wouldn’t?
As a acclimatized theatre and awning veteran, Chenoweth has appeared in abounding hits on Broadway, including You’re a Acceptable Man, Charlie Amber and Promises, Promises. She’s conceivably best accepted for basic the role of Galinda the Acceptable in Wicked. She can additionally be apparent as Olive in Pushing Daisies and April in Glee.
On top of all that, she’s a angry adherent of gay rights, alike aback it alienates her added bourgeois fanbase, so it’s hardly hasty that Cameron would attending up to Chenoweth, activity so far as to appearance her own career afterwards the baby assertive soprano.
Also, as it turns out, Cameron’s amore isn’t one-sided. She appeared on ABC Account cutting a chaplet that Chenoweth gave to her.
It’s a abatement to apperceive that their real-life accord isn’t anywhere as baneful as the one amid Mal and Maleficent. That they could so assuredly portray a artificial mother-daughter accord admitting their candied affinity off-screen is artlessly added attestation to both of their abilities as actors.
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