Descendants 3
Descendants 3, poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre
Written by
Directed byKenny Ortega
Starring
ComposerDavid Lawrence
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
  • Kenny Ortega
  • Josann McGibbon
  • Sara Parriott
  • Wendy Japhet
ProducerWendy Japhet
CinematographyAdam Santelli
EditorDon Brochu
Running time108 minutes
Production companyDisney Channel Original Productions
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Original releaseAugust 2, 2019 (2019-08-02)
Chronology
Preceded byDescendants 2

Descendants 3 is an American musical fantasy[1][2] television film, and the third installment in the Descendants series, following Descendants and Descendants 2. It is written by Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, and is directed by Kenny Ortega. The film premiered on Disney Channel on August 2, 2019, and in other parts of the world on October 12, 2019.

Plot

Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos visit the Isle of the Lost to choose four new villain kids (VKs) to take to Auradon. They pick Dizzy, granddaughter of Lady Tremaine, Celia, daughter of Dr. Facilier, and Squeaky and Squirmy, the twin sons of Mr. Smee. The day the kids are to be picked up, Ben, Mal's boyfriend and the king of Auradon, proposes to her, and she accepts. Ben's ex-girlfriend Audrey seethes with jealousy, and her grandmother Queen Leah admonishes her for failing to secure the family legacy by marrying Ben. Unable to contain her jealousy, Audrey steals the Queen's crown and Maleficent's scepter from the museum. Following the theft and Hades' escape attempt has Mal, as future Queen, decide that the best way to protect the subjects and restore peace is to close the barrier between the islands permanently.

Audrey curses Mal with Maleficent's scepter, and she and the other VKs go to the Isle to get Hades' ember, the only artifact powerful enough to break the scepter's curse. Upon entering the Isle, Mal is freed of the curse and Celia gets her into Hades' lair, but Hades thwarts their effort to steal the ember. He is revealed to be Mal's absentee father and reluctantly gives her the ember, warning her to avoid it getting wet as it will not exhibit its full powers for her. While leaving the Isle, Mal and the others are intercepted by Uma, Gil, and Harry, who agree to help after Mal agrees to release all the children from the Isle.

Meanwhile, in Auradon, Audrey attacks Jane's birthday party with a sleeping curse; Chad aligns himself with her, while Jane escapes into the enchanted lake. As the entire kingdom falls under Audrey's spell, she offers to reverse it if Ben will marry her. However, he refuses, prompting Audrey to turn him into a beast and begins turning people to stone. Mal and Uma, vying for the leadership of the VKs, return to Auradon with their friends. Despite their conflict, they eventually work together to find and defeat Audrey. After finding Ben in beast form, Carlos calms him while Jane restores him to human form with the enchanted lake water. As Mal and Uma make amends, Audrey traps them in Evie's house, but they are able to reverse Audrey's spell by combining their magic, and they and their friends reunite.

At the Fairy Cottage, they find only a shell-shocked Chad. When Mal admits her plan to seal off the Isle permanently, the group implodes and Celia, learning she can never see her father again, throws the ember in a birdbath. After Evie confronts Mal for lying to her and their friends, they are all suddenly turned to stone, save for Mal. Audrey takes Celia hostage and attacks Mal, who turns into her dragon form. Realizing she is Mal's only hope, Uma combines their magic to reignite the ember; Mal defeats Audrey, who falls comatose, and the curses are lifted. Mal and her friends reconcile while Ben agrees to allow Hades to use the ember to revive Audrey, but decries the double standard by which Audrey is immediately forgiven as she is not considered a villain, and Mal, Ben and Audrey make amends.

Mal declares her refusal of becoming queen of Auradon due to her responsibilities as queen of the Isle. With Ben and Fairy Godmother's approval, Mal replaces the barrier with a bridge, and the people of the newly merged society celebrate. Jane and Carlos enter a relationship, Mal and Ben are engaged, and Audrey becomes romantically attached to Harry after Uma rejects him.

In a mid-credits scene, Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos race across the bridge to the Isle to reunite with their parents.

Cast

Additionally, Judith Maxie reprises her role as Queen Leah, Princess Audrey's grandmother, from the first Descendants film.[10] Christian Convery and Luke Roessler play Squeaky and Squirmy, respectively, the twin sons of Mr. Smee.[6][10] Also appearing are Jamal Sims as Celia's father Dr. Facilier,[7][8] Linda Ko as Dizzy's grandmother Lady Tremaine, and Faustino Di Bauda as Squeaky's and Squirmy's father Mr. Smee.

Production

On February 16, 2018, Disney Channel announced the production of Descendants 3, which Disney scheduled to air in mid-2019.[11] Descendants 3 is written and produced by Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, and is directed and executive produced by Kenny Ortega.[3] Wendy Japhet is a producer on the film,[5] with Ortega, Sara Parriott, Josann McGibbon, and Japhet also serving as executive producers.[6] Mark Hofeling and Kara Saun return as production designer and costume designer on the sequel, respectively.[5] In addition to playing Dr. Facilier, Jamal Sims also serves as the film's choreographer,[7][8] along with Ortega who has served as choreographer for all three Descendants films.[3]

Rehearsals and pre-recording on the film began on April 23, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[5] Production began on May 25, 2018.[12] On July 18, 2018, it was reported on social media that production on the film had "officially wrapped".[13] Teen Vogue reported that Descendants 3 will be the last film in the series.[14]

Release

Promotional footage for the film was released on the film series' official YouTube channel in February 2018.[15] In late May 2019, it was announced that the film would premiere on August 2, 2019.[16][3][17]

A related short film, Under the Sea: A Descendants Short Story, which features Mal and Uma facing off in "an epic underwater showdown", was released on September 28, 2018.[18][19]

On July 11, 2019, Disney announced it was canceling a red carpet premiere originally planned for July 22, 2019, in the wake of Cameron Boyce's death. The film's television premiere went on as scheduled, dedicated to Boyce's memory.[20]

Reception

Descendants 3 was watched by 4.59 million viewers on its August 2, 2019 premiere,[21] with viewership increasing to 8.43 million viewers after three days of delayed viewing.[22] On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 78% based on nine reviews.[23]

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipients Results Ref.
2020 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Dove Cameron Won [24]
2020 Billboard Music Awards Top Soundtrack Descendants 3 Nominated [25]

Soundtrack

Descendants 3
(Original TV Movie Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedAugust 2, 2019
RecordedApril—May 2018
GenrePop
LabelWalt Disney
Descendants soundtracks chronology
Descendants 2
(2017)
Descendants 3
(Original TV Movie Soundtrack)

(2019)
Singles from Descendants 3
  1. "Good to Be Bad"
    Released: May 31, 2019
  2. "VK Mashup"
    Released: July 19, 2019
  3. "Queen of Mean"
    Released: August 2, 2019

Descendants 3 (Original TV Movie Soundtrack) is the soundtrack accompanying the film of the same name. The soundtrack and lead single, "Good to Be Bad", was released on May 31, 2019, along with the pre-order of the soundtrack. The soundtrack was released on August 2, 2019. It reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart,[26] and number 1 on the Billboard Kid Albums chart.[27]

Track listing

Descendants 3 (Original TV Movie Soundtrack) – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Good to Be Bad"
3:09
2."Queen of Mean"
  • James
  • Armato
  • Sturges
  • Schmalholz
Sarah Jeffery3:09
3."Do What You Gotta Do"
  • Matt Wong
  • Jamie Jones
  • Jack Kugell
2:57
4."Night Falls"
  • James
  • Armato
  • Sturges
  • Schmalholz
3:08
5."One Kiss"
  • Carson
  • Cameron
  • McClain
2:29
6."My Once Upon a Time"Cameron3:48
7."Break This Down"
  • Jodie Shihadeh
  • James K. Petrie
  • Doug Davis
  • Ben Hostetler
  • Nikki Sorrentino
  • Susan Paroff
  • Anthony Mirabella
  • Pipo Fernandez
  • Ali Dee Theodore
  • Cameron
  • Boyce
  • Carson
  • Stewart
  • McClain
  • Jeffery
  • Doherty
  • Playfair
  • Cathcart
  • Marie
  • Mitchell Hope
  • Brenna D'Amico
  • Zachary Gibson
3:29
8."Dig a Little Deeper"Randy NewmanMcClain2:57
9."Did I Mention"Adam SchlesingerHope0:29
10."Rotten to the Core" (D3 Remix)
  • Cameron
  • Boyce
  • Carson
  • Stewart
  • McClain
  • Jeffery
  • Doherty
  • Marie
2:47
11."Happy Birthday"TraditionalJeffery0:36
12."VK Mashup"
  • James
  • Armato
  • Sturges
  • Schmalholz
  • Pieken
  • Alkenas
  • Persson
  • Grant P Michaels
  • Charity Daw
  • Cameron
  • Boyce
  • Carson
  • Stewart
1:59
13."Descendants 3 Score Suite"David LawrenceDavid Lawrence5:01

Notes

Chart performance

The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200,[28] and in its second week the album dropped to number 14.[29]

The single "Queen of Mean" reached number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100,[30] number 57 on the Canadian Hot 100,[31] and number 89 on the UK Singles Chart.[32]

Charts

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[33] 36
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[34] 109
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[35] 36
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[36] 74
French Albums (SNEP)[37] 166
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[38] 82
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)[39] 10
US Billboard 200[26] 7
US Kid Albums (Billboard)[40] 1
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[41] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2019) Position
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[42] 15
Chart (2020) Position
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[43] 21

Home media

Descendants 3 was released on DVD on August 6, 2019.[44]

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