Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Part of the new Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure, Villainous! promises a captivating story featuring all your favorite villains with the trademark World of Color fountains, lights and music. Though billed as the highlight of the party, Villainous! fails to meet many expectations, though not completely without merit.
Atmosphere: 3 Stars
Entertainment Quality: 1 Star
If that sounds a bit frail, that's because it is. They put so much effort into designing Shelly Marie that they failed to create a story you can actually follow. There's also a distinct lack of segments where you can simply enjoy music and dancing fountains (you know, the MAIN DRAW of World of Color) although there are a couple of scenes that leave you wondering who thought this was a good idea. Why do Ursula's "garden plants" have a segment where they sing like the Chipmunks? I have no idea.
Are there bright colors? Yes. Are there lots of light effects? Yes. Is there fire? Lots of it. Are there modern takes on classic villain songs? Of course. All the ingredients for a hit are there but their attempt to tell a very ill-conceived story get in the way. The "qualities of a villain" each character describes make no sense and I couldn't for the life of me understand what this had to do with a little girl choosing a Halloween costume. While we're at it, why is selecting a costume such a life-altering decision? A simple celebrations of these Disney villains would have gone over much better.