Trailer and Poster for Still Creepy-Looking Disney Film THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

     August 9, 2011


We posted this trailer yesterday but Disney asked us to take it down because it was “incorrect”.  Today it’s up on Yahoo! Movies and it’s almost exactly the same so here’s what I wrote yesterday:  The trailer for The Odd Life of Timothy Green stars out innocently enough.  Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple who are unable to conceive a child.  They write down their hopes and dreams for the child they’ll never have, put the writing in a box, and bury the box in their backyard.  In the middle of the night, they awaken to find a dirt-covered young boy in their house and he’s calling them “mom and dad.”  If that actually happened, you would not be uplifted.  You would be freaked out beyond all reason.  Furthermore, we’re now going to have scores of child molesters burying their wish lists and hoping for a case of sprouted boy.  Is that what you want The Odd Life of Timothy Green?  IS IT?

If you missed the trailer yesterday you can check it out after the jump along with the poster.  Watch the trailer and be horrified with me.  The Odd Life of Timothy Green is set to open August 15, 2012 and believe me, I question the wisdom of running a trailer for a movie that’s over a year away.

Click over to Yahoo! Movies to see the trailer in HD.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Odd Life of Timothy Green:

Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

When young Timothy suddenly comes into the lives of Cindy and Jim Green, they learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.


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  • Mike

    I love Jennifer Garner and will see anything she stars in.

  • Lele

    This looks like one of those Disney movies that we will cry

  • RAR

    Are they going to explain what happened to the kid she got from Juno?

    • RAR

      Also, you’re dead-on about the creepy vibe, Mr. Goldberg.

  • luka

    the boy dies at the end

  • Odd

    In the middle of the night, Batman stands in the middle of your room. If that actually happened, would you be uplifted?

  • PatLang

    Matt Goldberg,

    How dare you, saying that it looks creepy. It looks magical, as most Disney films are. The fact that you find a magical drama like this disturbing is insane! You obviously have issues with yourself and you take those issues out on innocent filmmakers. Get a life.

  • Drew

    Yea I don’t think it looks that bad. It’s kind of like Pinocchio, and you don’t see everybody crying weird over that one.

  • Lily

    It looks like the fairy tale Snegourka, you know the Snow Maiden. The parents can’t have kids, make a snow-child, and it comes to life. She melts when summer comes, but it is suggested that she returned to her parents every winter with the snow. I don’t think it’s that creepy, just overused. It’s in Pinocchio and in Thumbelina, so really it’s just a matter of finding out what the catch is to this magical kid.

    • Elitist Prick

      Yeah, the concept of a spontaneously generated child to childless parents is a definite fairy tale type. I don’t get why this particular version is any creepier than those created over the past 5,000 of storytelling. It doesn’t mean the movie will be good, just that the desire to read molestation into this kind of story might be a symptom of 21st century cynicism and inability to take sincere emotion at face value.

    • Sully

      I agree. My initial theory upon seeing the poster and watching the trailer is that the box they planted is a “seed” and that seed grows into this child. I’m also thinking, since this is Disney, and Disney loves to make us cry, this kid won’t be there long, maybe he lasts the spring, and then he’s gone.
      If the movie is anything like the trailer, it should be a pretty profound journey, and quite spiritual too.

  • Elitist Prick

    Oh, but I still love the opening line of the trailer, with the doctor saying “you couldn’t have tried harder” to the childless couple. Translated: “You couldn’t have had more unprotected sex.” I know that also implies lots of doctors visits and whatnot, but I can’t help but get some immature giggles out of it.

  • sloane

    if an alien named E.T. showed up in your barn you’d probably be freaked to death too… its a kids film

  • Scotty

    Awwwww I am going to cry during this movie, the piano almost got me in the trailer. It looks so cute!

  • Ed jor-el Elkin

    Matt Goldberg’s assessment is what seems creepy!
    Although I’ve only seen the trailer ,my impression is one of beauty caring and sensitivity to the life of a child. On this basis alone I have recommended it to my niece and her two wonderful sons my grand nephews , Noah and Eli Elkin.
    Thanks Disney for keeping the magic in our lives.

    Ed Jor-El Elkin PhD
    Evolutionary agent.