Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is already vying for the Best Movie Title of 2020. The upcoming Disney+ movie is an adaptation of Stephan Pastis‘s children’s book series, which started with a title by the same name, first published back in 2013. Timmy Failure sees Oscar-winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) in the director’s chair and penning the story alongside Pastis. It centers on the title character (Winslow Fegley), a one-kid (and one polar bear) detective agency set in the very quirky and very fitting setting of Portland, Oregon.
The first trailer for the streaming feature is now here and it offers a great tease of what’s to come. Whether it’s Timmy’s run-in with a school counselor (Craig Robinson) or his disdain for working with local law enforcement, this first look is brimming with a certain sort of style. It’s part Diary of a Wimpy Kid by design, but it’s also got shades of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and a dash of The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Am I dating myself with those nods? Absolutely. But Timmy Failure looks like the heir apparent to those contemporary classics, now for a new generation.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, will screen in the “Kids” section of the Sundance Film Festival later this month. Created especially for the younger independent film fans, the “Kids” section is programmed in cooperation with Utah Film Center, which presents the annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Utah’s premiere film festival for children and youth.
Check out the first trailer for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made below, and be sure to add the movie to your watch-list (as soon as Disney+ makes it available) before it arrives on February 7th:
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made – streaming Feb. 7 on Disney+
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Tom McCarthy, Disney+’s “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” based on the best-selling book of the same name, follows the hilarious exploits of our quirky, deadpan hero, Timmy Failure, who, along with his 1,500-pound polar bear partner Total, operates Total Failure Inc., a Portland detective agency. An elementary school oddball, the clueless but confident Timmy (Winslow Fegley) must navigate the world of adults around him, including his overburdened mother (Ophelia Lovibond), her well-meaning boyfriend (Kyle Bornheimer), his teacher/nemesis (Wallace Shawn) and a school-mandated guidance counselor (Craig Robinson), all in his quest to become the best detective in the world.
Directed by Tom McCarthy, who won an Oscar® for his “Spotlight” screenplay, “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” is written by McCarthy & Stephan Pastis based on the book by Pastis. The producers are Jim Whitaker, p.g.a., and Tom McCarthy, p.g.a., with Michael Bederman and Kate Churchill serving as executive producers. The film stars Winslow Fegley, Ophelia Lovibond, Kyle Bornheimer, Wallace Shawn and Craig Robinson.