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List of Descendants prequels is a list of the films that occurred before Descendants, along with their respective characters that appear in the franchise.

The story within the Descendants universe takes place after those films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, also often referred to as the "Disney Animated Canon", while a film produced by Pixar Animation Studios is also referenced as part of this universe. The franchise is focused on those productions prior to 2015, when the Descendants franchise began.

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Three Little PigsSnow White and the Seven DwarfsPinocchioFantasiaDumboThe Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. ToadCinderellaAlice in WonderlandPeter PanLady and the TrampSleeping Beauty101 DalmatiansThe Sword in the StoneMary PoppinsThe Jungle BookThe AristocatsRobin HoodThe RescuersThe Fox and the HoundThe Black CauldronThe Great Mouse DetectiveThe Little MermaidBeauty and the BeastAladdinThe Lion KingPocahontasThe Hunchback of Notre DameHerculesMulanTarzanThe Emperor's New GrooveThe Princess and the FrogTangledBraveFrozen

Three Little Pigs

(1933)
Three little pigs build their houses, but they are destroyed by the Big Bad Wolf when he tries to catch them.
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  • This is the only animated short film referenced in the Descendants franchise.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

(1937)
After the Evil Queen tries to kill her stepdaughter, the princess Snow White, for being more beautiful than her, the princess flees into the forest where she is rescued by seven dwarf miners who give her shelter in their home.
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Pinocchio

(1940)
When the woodworker Geppetto sees a falling star, he wishes that the puppet he just finished, Pinocchio, could become a real boy. In the night, the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto's wish and asks Jiminy Cricket to serve as the wooden boy's conscience. But the naive and trusting Pinocchio falls into the clutches of bad influences.
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Fantasia

(1940)
Film that includes several segments, among them: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", where Mickey Mouse is the apprentice of the sorcerer Yen Sid, and after obtaining his master's hat, Mickey creates chaos after giving life to a broom; "Night on Bald Mountain", where the devil Chernabog awakes and summons evil spirits in the night.
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Dumbo

(1941)
A young circus elephant is born with comically large ears and given the cruel nickname Dumbo. One day at a show, he is taunted by a group of kids, inciting his mother into a rage that gets her locked up. After Dumbo's ears cause an accident that injures many of the other elephants, he is made to dress like a clown and perform dangerous stunts. Everything changes when Dumbo discovers that his enormous ears actually allow him to fly, and he astounds everyone at the circus with his new talent.
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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

(1949)
Film made up of two segments: "The Wind in the Willows", where Mr. Toad is tricked by a group of weasels into exchanging the Toad Hall estate for a car, without knowing that it was stolen; and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", where Ichabod Crane rivals Brom Bones for the attention of Katrina van Tassel, and after Brom Bones tells the legend about the Headless Horseman to scare his superstitious rival, Ichabod fears an encounter with said character.
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Cinderella

(1950)
Cinderella lives working as a maid for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. When a ball is held at the palace, the Fairy Godmother appears before to give Cinderella a dresses after her stepsisters ripped the one that her mouse friends made for her. Once at the ball, Cinderella meets the prince, and they both end up falling in love.
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Alice in Wonderland

(1951)
While following the White Rabbit, Alice as she falls into the madcap world of Wonderland and meets extraordinary characters such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, or the perverse Queen of Hearts.
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Peter Pan

(1953)
When one night Peter Pan visits the house of Wendy and her younger brothers, he takes them with the help of the fairy Tinker Bell to Never Land, where kids never grow up. Once there, they find themselves in trouble with Peter's archenemy, Captain Hook, and his pirate crew.
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Lady and the Tramp

(1955)
Lady is a refined cocker spaniel, who after her owners have a baby fears that they will forget about her because of the warnings that Tramp, a stray dog, gives her. After Aunt Sarah is left to take care of the baby and Lady, she tries to put a muzzle on her, which forces Lady to run away, encountering Tramp again. And after several experiences while touring the city, they both end up falling in love with each other.
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  • Both Lady and Tramp are also referenced in the School of Secrets episode "Day 9: Play", where the play "My Fair Lady and the Tramp" is mentioned.
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Sleeping Beauty

(1959)
During the baptism of the newborn Princess Aurora, the evil fairy Maleficent casts a spell on her so that when she turns sixteen she will die after being pricked by the spindle of a spinning wheel. Although the fairy Merryweather manages to change the spell so that the princess only falls into a deep sleep from which she will awaken with true love's kiss, as a precaution she and her fellow fairies Flora and Fauna raise Aurora in the forest until the appointed day arrives.
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101 Dalmatians

(1961)
Pongo and Perdita are two Dalmatians who just had 15 puppies. When their children are kidnapped by Cruella De Vil, who intends to make a coat with the puppies' skin, they both embark on a journey to save their 15 puppies, along with 84 others also held captive by Cruella.
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The Sword in the Stone

(1963)
England is in the midst of a dark age and without a proper king. Young "Wart", an orphan and squire-in-training, is content with kitchen duties in his foster home, until he drops in on the extraordinary wizard Merlin and his articulate owl, Archimedes. Through life lessons, Merlin offers to educate Wart so that he can be a successful person.
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  • In addition to characters from the 1963 animated film, other characters based on the Arthurian legends, from which the characters in the animated film were also inspired, also appear in the Descendants universe.
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Mary Poppins

(1964)
When the Banks family is looking for a nanny to take care of their two children, Jane and Michael, Mary Poppins arrives to fill the position, with whom the children live all kinds of magical adventures that are hard for their strict father to believe.
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  • This is the only Disney live-action film referenced in the Descendants franchise. Although including animation scenes considered part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios canon, being produced during the studio's time as Walt Disney Productions, before being restructured into two divisions (Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Feature Animation).
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The Jungle Book

(1967)
Mowgli is a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves. His friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him to leave the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives.
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The Aristocats

(1971)
Duchess is an upper-class cat from Paris who lives with her three kittens in Adelaide Bonfamille's mansion. When Adelaide's butler, Edgar, discovers that the cats will get her inheritance, he plans to get rid of them so that he can be her sole heir. Duchess and her children end up abandoned far from Paris, and with the help of a stray cat, Thomas O'Malley, they travel a long journey to return home.
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Robin Hood

(1973)
Robin Hood is a bandit who during the time of Prince John's tyranny steals from the rich to give to the poor, while avoiding being caught for his actions.
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The Rescuers

(1977)
Bernard and Bianca are two mice who embark on a journey to rescue Penny, a little girl who was kidnapped by the greedy Madame Medusa so that she can get a valuable diamond for her.
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The Fox and the Hound

(1981)
A fox named Tod befriends a hound named Copper. Although his friends tell him that foxes and hounds are enemies by nature, Tod hopes that the two will be friends forever. However, when they both grow up and Copper becomes a hunting dog, their old friendship is shaken.
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The Black Cauldron

(1985)
Taran is a pig keeper who must prevent the Horned King from taking his pig, Hen Wen, and using her powers to find the Black Cauldron. After meeting allies who were also prisoners of the Horned King, together they set out on a quest to find the Black Cauldron before their enemy does.
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The Great Mouse Detective

(1986)
Olivia Flaversham is a little mouse who goes in search of the detective Basil of Baker Street to help her fing her father after he has been kidnapped. When Basil discovers that the culprit behind it is his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan, he begins to investigate with Olivia and his new friend, Dr. Dawson, to discover what Ratigan's plans are and stop him.
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The Little Mermaid

(1989)
The young mermaid Ariel is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father's order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues the prince of her dreams. Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious sea witch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend, the young fish Flounder, and the crab Sebastian, Ariel must win the prince's love and save her father's kingdom in a race against time.
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Beauty and the Beast

(1991)
Belle is a bright and beautiful young woman who's taken prisoner by a hideous beast in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle's enchanted staff ― a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others ― and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast's exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince.
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Aladdin

(1992)
In the city of Agrabah, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Abu, battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine. Aladdin's whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery.
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The Lion King

(1994)
Simba is a young lion who will one day succeed his father, Mufasa, as the new king of the Pride Lands. Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.
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Pocahontas

(1995)
Pocahontas is a native of the New World, where English settlers arrive, including John Smith, who wins her friendship. However, Governor Ratcliffe intends to invade the territory in search of gold.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

(1996)
Quasimodo, a disfigured young man, lives in the Notre Dame Cathedral, where his master Judge Claude Frollo intends to keep him separated from the rest of the world. In addition, Frollo tries to arrest the gypsy Esmeralda, whom Quasimodo tries to protect.
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Hercules

(1997)
Zeus came to power and prevented the monstrous Titans from ruling the world. This leads to the day Hercules is born to Zeus and Hera, much to the pleasure of the other gods except Hades, who receives word from the Fates that Hercules will one day rise to power and prevent him from taking control of the world.
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Mulan

(1998)
Clever Mulan proves her worth outside of her tradition-bound society when, disguised as a male soldier, "Ping," she bravely takes her father's place in the Imperial Army. Helped by her outrageously funny guardian dragon Mushu and a lucky cricket named Cri-Kee, Mulan strives to earn the respect of her fellow warriors and their courageous Captain Shang.
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Tarzan

(1999)
Tarzan is a man who was raised by gorillas. He never saw another human until he met Jane, a young woman who arrives in the jungle accompanying her father to study the gorillas' way of life.
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The Emperor's New Groove

(2000)
Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his devious adviser, Yzma, and her hunky henchman, Kronk. Now the ruler who once had it all must form an unlikely alliance with a pleasant peasant named Pacha. Together, they must overcome their differences as they embark on a 'groovy' adventure.
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The Princess and the Frog

(2009)
In the city of New Orleans a girl named Tiana meets a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that turns her into a frog too, leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
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Tangled

(2010)
When the bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken prisoner by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief, and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon, and a gruff gang of pub thugs.
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Brave

(2012)
Merida is a princess who, fed up with the rules of her mother, Queen Elinor, to turn her into a "perfect princess", asks a witch for help to leave those problems behind. However, the witch's solution turns out to be to turn her mother into a bear. After that, Merida and Elinor try to find a solution to undo the spell and return the queen to her normal state.
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Frozen

(2013)
When Queen Elsa accidentally unleashes her ice powers, freezing the kingdom of Arendelle, her sister Anna sets out on a journey to find her and undo the eternal winter she has created.
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