timmy failure mistakes were made trailer

Just when you think you have Oscar-winner Tom McCarthy figured out, he goes and follows Spotlight with a film for Disney+ about a kid who thinks of himself as a hard-boiled detective whose best friend is a polar bear.

It may surprise you to know that McCarthy’s latest film, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is delightful. The main character takes himself very seriously and the film has a lot of fun playing around with that while building an entertaining mystery for him to solve. The Result: a detective noir movie from the ‘40s, but for kids.

Ahead of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, we talked to McCarthy and the film’s star Winslow Fegley about working on movies for kids, working with CGI bears, and how Fegley found out what Sundance is.

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Timmy Failure Mistakes Were Made Review

The best part about an indie movie becoming a critical or commercial hit is watching what the filmmaker does next. Do they take that success and use it to helm a big-budget blockbuster? Do they follow up with another personal film? If you’re Academy Award-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, you take the success of the hard-hitting Spotlight and make a detective noir movie for kids co-starring a 1500-pound “pet” polar bear. The result, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a delightful new addition to Disney+ that somehow still makes sense as McCarthy’s next project, and it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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timmy failure mistakes were made trailer

Dozens of directors are making the jump to streaming, with more options for auteurs to push the envelope or get an unlimited budget for a passion project. Tom McCarthy, the director of the powerful Oscar-winning film Spotlight, is joining that group to direct…a Disney+ movie. McCarthy directs the family film Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, based on the book series of the same name by Stephan Pastis. While the title may raise some eyebrows, the fantasy movie is actually set to make its Sundance premiere. Watch the Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made trailer.

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