“Your life is big, original, weird.” An apt description of 11-year-old detective Timmy Failure, an ace private eye in his mind who roams the streets of Portland, Oregon, solving mysteries, along with his partner, a 1,500-pound polar bear. Such is the set up for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, which debuts on Disney+ on February 7, and promises an entertaining story that celebrates the joy of being different.
Based on the best-selling books by Stephan Pastis, Timmy Failure is a heartwarming adventure and likely to charm adults and kids alike with its quirky, precocious, and deadpan hero. Timmy is the president, founder, and CEO of Total Failure, Inc., a detective agency, named for himself and his polar-bear partner, Total. After his mother’s Segway goes missing (which Timmy uses as his “Failure Mobile” despite it being off-limits), the team is on the case; however, unexpected adventure and misadventure lie in store for our dauntless heroes.
How to Watch Timmy Failure
The new family film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25 before landing on Disney+ on February 7. Not yet a subscriber? Disney+ is available for a 7-day free trial, after which it costs just $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. As shown in our review of Disney+, the service offers the following content and features:
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Why watch Timmy Failure
Kids’ movies aren’t a big part of Sundance, but as a few slip in each year, its worth noting them. The film festival is known for creative, intelligent, and artistically focused films, and from the trailer, Timmy Failureseems to have solid footing. It also comes with artistic cred, being directed by award-winning filmmaker Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, The Station Agent, Up), who co-wrote the screenplay with the book’s author, Stephan Pastis. The book launched a total series of seven volumes, becoming bestsellers, and debuting on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children’s Middle Grade Books.
Starring as the oddball hero, Timmy is Winslow Fegley (The Good Doctor, Fast Layne). The cast also includes Kei (Fresh Off the Boat) as Timmy’s best friend and sidekick Rollo Tookus; Ophelia Lovibond (Elementary, Guardians of the Galaxy) as our hero’s mom; as well as beloved stars Craig Robinson and Wallace Shawn as Timmy’s guidance counselor and teacher (and nemesis) respectively.
Join Timmy on his quest to solve unsolvable mysteries and become the best detective in the world when Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made arrives on Disney+ on February 7. In the meantime, you check out the trailer to get a taste of the adventure:
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