Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a Disney+ Original movie and is based on the popular children’s book of the same name by Stephan Pastis. It tells the story of a boy called Timmy Failure, who operates Total Failure Inc., a Portland detective agency with his imaginary polar bear called “Total”.
Timmy is a strange oddball of a character, who is struggling at school, doesn’t have any friends and generally is always in his own little world. Throughout the movie, we get to know Timmy and what he is thinking, due to a constant monologue that keeps the viewer in his world.
His world is interesting, however, this film went a little too far into making him an outsider, making me feel that Timmy just isn’t a great role model for children. He was completely caught up in his own world and this resulted in him often coming across as an unlikeable character. He used his school friends and he had no respect for his elders such as his teachers and mother. This really showed in the scenes in the damn and at the bank, which showed him in a terrible light. Though he did have some redemption by the end of the film, it felt a little forced, when it all comes together with a speech to his school friends and family.
The use of “Total” the Polar Bear was a great help, it provided plenty of humour to the scenes it was in. The CGI within the movie worked well. There was only a single scene with Timmy falling over a waterfall that looked a bit ropey.
This is an odd movie, which I think kids may enjoy, but it’s not something I imagine older viewers are going to enjoy. While I thought it was ok, my kids who watched it with me, thought the film was terrible and didn’t like Timmy at all. And this might be one of the issues for this movie to overcome.
Timmy Failure isn’t your usual Disney kids movie, it’s not super fluffy or sugary sweet, it’s odd and different. And that’s not a bad thing, Disney+ subscribers should certainly make their own minds up by watching it. It’s a solid and enjoyable kids movie but it’s not going to be for everyone.
Rating: 3/5 Stars