Disney Descendants: Royal Wedding Review
Mal and Ben get married, but Mal’s father, Hades, destroys the wedding venue, causing him to flee, and the descendants must return to retrieve Hades for the wedding in “Disney’s Descendants: Royal Wedding”. This is a different take on the “Descendants” franchise as it is an animated short rather than an original Disney Channel feature film. But, he still does a great job of wrapping up Mal and Ben’s story while also setting up a new storyline for the next movie.
I really enjoyed the plot of this animated special. Although I had never seen any of the three “Descendants” movies, I was still able to follow and fully understand everything that was going on. Granted, he didn’t take too many risks, he is addressing the Disney Channel audience, so he didn’t have to take any risks. Hades doesn’t really act like a bad guy, but accidentally destroys the place due to a misunderstanding. Ultimately, Ben recognizes that it is more important that they marry the people they love and love them rather than in a fancy place and with the help of the fairy godmother, the perfect marriage for Ben and Evil happens; surrounded by their family and friends.
There was a big cloud hanging over this production as it is the first new special in the “Descendants” franchise filmed without Cameron Boyce, tragically deceased at the age of 20. It is a difficult choice. You don’t have her character at the wedding? Or are you recasting the role? And, if you don’t have the character there, do you explain why he’s not there? I think it was handled as well as possible. His character shouldn’t be there. This is not the place to recast his character. But, you must make up for its absence. It doesn’t have to be something dark, just a mention to let the audience know about her character. I think that was the right way to handle it.
While the plot is good and the handling of Cameron Boyce’s absence is perfect, in my opinion the animation choices don’t work for me. They were a bit jarring and uninspired. Also, sometimes the voices did not line up with the movements of the mouths. It reminded me of the old Hasbro cartoons “GI Joe” and “Transformers”. A kid isn’t going to care, but it struck me as a sore thumb.
Overall, I think any fan of the “Descendants” franchise will be very happy with this special. He ends the story of Ben and Mal. It gives them one last time with the characters they love. He’s also setting up a potential new movie. While an official “Descendants 4” hasn’t been announced, given the market value of this franchise, I’d bet one is on the way. The entertainment is a bit sloppy, but if that’s my only complaint then it did its job well. I know I am not the target audience, but I would recommend it to anyone who is in the target audience.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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