‘Descendants’ comes alive; Disney’s cooking show turns up the heat

There have been three movies and one short series in the Disney Channel franchise of “Descendants” since its launch in 2015. All of these projects have told the story of the offspring of some of Disney’s heroes and villains of fame.

Booboo Stewart played Jay – Jafar’s son – in all three films. After the third installment, the California native was certain that the trilogy had fully told the stories. Next, he was featured with “Descendants: The Royal Wedding” which was set to debut on the Disney Channel at 9:40 p.m. on August 13.

He was intrigued by how the franchise’s latest offering was to be framed as an animated project – making a full turn around the animated characters at the heart of “Descendants” live-action projects.

“I was surprised, but I feel like it makes sense,” Stewart says. “I feel like we can have everyone in the movie, especially in this time of COVID.

“It’s going to be presented in a new way.”

“Descendants: The Royal Wedding” is set at the wedding of Maleficent’s daughter Mal (Dove Cameron) and Beauty and the Beast’s offspring, King Ben (Mitchell Hope) in Auradon. This is their chance to be happily ever after. But no one was counting on Hades (Cheyenne Jackson) showing up and making a hell of a mess.

Jackson’s portrayal of Hades didn’t begin until the third “Descendants” movie, but he’s been on the show long enough to hear what fans are saying about the movies.

“I get recognized all the time by young kids and I’ve never had that before. I’ve never been in anything kids could even see,” Jackson says. “What people love about ‘Descendants’ is these larger-than-life – yet relatable – characters who overcome all the difficulties in their own lives.

” It’s positive. It’s brilliant. And, it is uplifting.

The characters may be animated rather than real, but when it comes to Stewart, one important thing remains the same. Just like the previous three films, he sees “The Royal Wedding” as a project that will inspire and motivate people.

The cast of ‘Descendants: The Royal Wedding’ also includes Sofia Carson as Evie, Sarah Jeffery as Audrey, Melanie Paxson as Fairy Godmother, China Anne McClain as Uma, Jedidiah Goodacre as Chad, Anna Cathcart as Dizzy, Dan Payne as Beast and Bobby . Moynihan as Dude the dog.

A magic recipe

The new “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off” contest series is also set to premiere on August 13. It will debut after ‘Descendants: The Royal Wedding’, with new episodes airing Friday nights.

The new hour-long competitive series, aimed at ages 6-14, combines the wonder of baking with the ingenuity of young bakers creating cakes inspired by the magic of Disney.

Co-hosts Dara Reneé (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”) and Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home”), along with Disneyland Resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, guide the child bakers through challenges and unexpected twists, all designed to elevate participants’ cooking abilities, techniques and creativity to new culinary heights.

Not only do the hosts keep the film from the competition, but they both serve as awesome cheerleaders for the bakers. Brown explains that their upbeat nature is nothing more than the natural high energy they both have and their chemistry.

“We play so well against each other,” Brown says. “I will say that Dara comes every day – no matter when we have a call – with great energy.”

Both hosts worked on the “black-ish” television series and were involved in voice-over work. But, they didn’t meet until they were reunited for the show.

Reneé calls her co-host a “comic genius” who can work quickly on her feet. It makes the whole process feel like they’re having fun and not worrying about every moment being perfect. The main purpose of the show is to make sure everyone is relaxed, having a good time, and the contestants are just being themselves.

Brown sees their primary duty as animators as keeping the show going.

“We have to make sure the show gets from point A to point B. It’s putting the kids at ease, telling a joke, or inserting a magic baking break,” Brown says.

They have a lot to say as imagination reigns and teamwork triumphs as three teams of two race against time to design a Disney-inspired cake. Their challenges are to take inspiration from the company’s projects such as “Star Wars”, “The Lion King”, “Toy Story”, “Descendants” and “Zombies”.

A team’s performance will earn them the title of Disney Baking Champion. Their winning recipe will become a featured video available on the Disney Channel.