Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is an upcoming American fantasy film based on the book series of the same name by Stephan Pastis that is set to debut on Disney+. The film was directed by Tom McCarthy, produced by Jim Whitaker from a screenplay written by McCarthy and Pastis and stars Winslow Fegley, Ophelia Lovibond and Craig Robinson.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
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Directed byTom McCarthy
Produced byJim Whitaker
Screenplay by
Based onTimmy Failure
by Stephan Pastis
Music byRolfe Kent
CinematographyMasanobu Takayanagi
Distributed byDisney+
Release date
CountryUnited States
Budget$42 million


An 11-year-old boy believes he is the best detective in town and runs the agency Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,500-pound, polar bear, and his sidekick Rollo Tookus.[1]


  • Winslow Fegley as Timmy Failure
  • Ophelia Lovibond as Patty Failure, Timmy‚Äôs single mother
  • Craig Robinson
  • Kei as Rollo Tookus
  • Ai-chan Carrier as Corrina Corrina, antagonist of Timmy
  • Chloe Coleman as Molly Moskins
  • Wallace Shawn as Mr. Crocus



On April 25, 2017, it was reported that director Tom McCarthy was in talks to direct an adaptation of Stephan Pastis's novel Timmy Failure for Walt Disney Pictures. McCarthy was expected to write the film's screenplay with Pastis and Jim Whitaker was set to serve as a producer.[1][2] On February 8, 2018, it was announced that the film would premiere on Disney+, Disney's streaming service that launched in late 2019.[3]


On July 31, 2018, it was announced that Ophelia Lovibond had been cast in the role of Patty Failure.[4] On January 24, 2019, it was reported that Craig Robinson had been cast in the film.[5]


On June 9, 2017, it was initially reported that the film would go through pre-production from June 26 through September 15, 2017 with sixty days of filming following in Louisiana. The film was set with a budget of $42 million, with $32 million of that being spent in-state. That included an estimated $10 million on Louisiana payroll.[6]

Filming took place during the week of June 27, 2018, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, where a set was constructed made to look like a border crossing between the United States and Canada.[7] Production continued in Surrey on July 5, 2018, at the local Cloverdale Fairgrounds, where a scene was shot where a vehicle travels through a house.[8] Principal photography and additional filming took place from July 27 through September 8, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.[9]


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  2. Kit, Borys (April 25, 2017). "Tom McCarthy in Talks to Direct 'Timmy Failure' for Disney (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. Fleming Jr, Mike (February 8, 2018). "Disney Unveils Inaugural Streaming Service Launch Slate To Town; No R-Rated Fare". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  4. N'Duka, Amanda (July 31, 2018). "Ophelia Lovibond Joins Director Tom McCarthy's 'Timmy Failure' Film At Disney". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  5. Bart, Peter (January 24, 2019). "Peter Bart: Streamer Mania Means Greenlights Galore, But Slate Strategies Still Baffle Creatives". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  6. Scott, Mike (June 9, 2017). "Disney's 'Timmy Failure' movie planning to shoot in Louisiana". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  7. Judd, Amy (June 27, 2018). "Mysterious new 'border crossing' pops up in Surrey". Global News. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  8. Anderson, Samantha (July 5, 2018). "Disney's live-action Timmy Failure adaptation filming at Cloverdale Fairgrounds - Surrey Now-Leader". The Surrey Now News-Leader. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  9. Turnquist, Kristi (June 26, 2018). "Disney movie shooting in Portland to hold casting call for extras". OregonLive.com. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
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