Disney Sets 'Descendants' Animated Series

Disney will look to capitalize on the success of its original movie Descendants with the Sept. 18 launch of an animated short-form series Descendants Wicked World on the network and its digital platforms, the network said Wednesday.

The short-form series will pick up after the final scene of the movie and will feature the voices of the movie’s stars including Dove Cameron as Mal, Sofia Carson as Evie, Cameron Boyce as Carlos, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Mitchell Hope as Ben, Brenna D'Amico as Jane, Sarah Jeffery as Audrey and Dianne Doan as Lonnie, said network officials.

The short-form series will feature four original songs that were released as bonus tracks on the Descendants soundtrack, inlcuding tunes performed by Sofia Carson, China Anne McClain and Felicia Barton.

Descendants Wicked World follows the ratings success of Descendants, which averaged 10.5 million total viewers (L+3) for its July 31 telecast, making it the most watched original movie on cable in 2015. 

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