Portland, OR. Disney Plus held the premiere of “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” at the 10-day Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The festival wraps on February 2nd. Directed by Tom McCarthy, a filmmaker known for “Spotlight,” the best picture winner at the 2016 Academy Awards, “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” was included as part of the festival’s children’s slate and was filmed in Portland. (Photo credit, Susan Young.)
From naked cyclists to an imaginary 1,500-pound polar bear roaming the streets, Portland’s quirks are getting more screen time in a new original Disney+ movie. Here’s a trailer for the new film which will be available February 7th on the Disney Plus paid streaming service which costs about $7-per month.
The first trailer for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made shows various parts of Portland like the Fremont Bridge, and downtown’s twin ornamental street lights.
Reviewers note: “Portland also fits with the story setting. Timmy’s mother has a hipster vibe. Some characters, who conceivably could have been extras in a show such as Portlandia, appear in the film as incidental cheerleaders to the young boy’s efforts.”
The film is based on the first book in a popular series by Stephan Pastis, who also created the comic strip Pearls Before Swine. The plot focuses on a self-confident boy detective who tools around town on his mother’s Segway.
Stephan Pastis is the creator of Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than six hundred newspapers and boasts a devoted following.
In 2013, Pastis was inspired to break out of the comic-strip box, penning his first children’s book, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Mistakes Were Made was quickly followed by three other installments in the popular middle-grade series starring a brilliantly bad detective with a sidekick polar bear. Critics have praised the author for appealing to young readers with his knack for comic timing and the interplay between cartoons, text, and elements of the absurd in his storytelling.
About Timmy Failure, Stephan says, “For me as a kid, I liked to laugh. And I’m hoping these books do that for both kids and their parents. I just really want to give them stories that have something humorous in every chapter.”“Timmy is a detective who can take any mystery and make it more mysterious.”– Stephan Pastis
Here’s a blurb about the film, it’s recommended for ages 8 and up: