Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is an American film based on the book series of the same name by Stephan Pastis that premiered on Disney+ on February 7, 2020. The film was directed by Tom McCarthy from a screenplay by McCarthy and Stephan Pastis and it stars Winslow Fegley, Ophelia Lovibond, and Craig Robinson.


Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made follows "an 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and runs the agency Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound, imaginary polar bear, and his sidekick Rollo Tookus."[1]


  • Winslow Fegley as Timmy Failure
  • Ophelia Lovibond as Patty Failure, Timmy’s single mother
  • Wallace Shawn as Frederick Crocus, Timmy's teacher
  • Craig Robinson as Mr. Jenkins, Timmy's therapist
  • Kyle Bornheimer as Crispin, Patty's boyfriend
  • Ai-Chan Carrier as Corrina Corrina, Timmy's rival
  • Chloe Coleman as Molly Moskins
  • Kei as Charles "Rollo" Tookus
  • Caitlin Weierhauser as Flo
  • Ruby Matenko as Maxine Shellenberger



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’s then-unnamed upcoming streaming service that was set to launch in the fall of 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 was expected to take place from July 27 through September 8, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.[9]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 21 reviews, and an average rating of 7.44/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A fun, fast paced film for all, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made celebrates the power of imagination with a delightful sense of humor and just the right amount of bears."


  • This marks the last time the 1967 MPAA logo would appear in the end credits for any Disney film.



  1. 1.0 1.1 "‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy Eyeing ‘Timmy Failure’ at Disney". Variety. (April 25, 2017) Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  2. "Tom McCarthy in Talks to Direct 'Timmy Failure' for Disney (Exclusive)". (en) The Hollywood Reporter. (April 25, 2017) Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  3. "Disney Unveils Inaugural Streaming Service Launch Slate To Town; No R-Rated Fare". Deadline Hollywood. (February 8, 2018) Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  4. "Ophelia Lovibond Joins Director Tom McCarthy’s ‘Timmy Failure’ Film At Disney". Deadline Hollywood. (July 31, 2018) Retrieved on July 31, 2018.
  5. "Peter Bart: Streamer Mania Means Greenlights Galore, But Slate Strategies Still Baffle Creatives". Deadline Hollywood. (January 24, 2019) Retrieved on January 24, 2019.
  6. "Disney's 'Timmy Failure' movie planning to shoot in Louisiana". The Times-Picayune. (June 9, 2017) Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  7. "Mysterious new ‘border crossing’ pops up in Surrey". (en) Global News. (June 27, 2018) Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  8. "Disney’s live-action Timmy Failure adaptation filming at Cloverdale Fairgrounds - Surrey Now-Leader". The Surrey Now News-Leader. (July 5, 2018) Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  9. "Disney movie shooting in Portland to hold casting call for extras". (June 26, 2018) Retrieved on July 22, 2018.

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