The Disney+ original movie Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a delightful trip through the wondrous imagination of an 11-year old-detective. Timmy Failure (Winslow Fegley) or as he would like to be known Timmy Greatness. Timmy doesn’t trust easily, which is why his only partner at his agency, is a polar bear named Total. His red scarf is his declaration to the world that he is different. “Normal is for normal people” as he often says.
The film explores the imagination of an outsider trying to process his anxieties regarding his ever-changing world. When his father takes off, leaving Timmy and his mother the backdoor of his home flies open and in walks, a polar bear (Total) or as Timmy refers to him over walkie talkie “Papa Bear”.
Timmy and Total take on small crimes like missing backpacks, however, after the Failure Mobile (his moms Segway, her most prized possession) is stolen Timmy imagines a much larger conspiracy at play on the mean streets of Portland. This lands our new favorite gum-shoe in hot water. When confronted he only responds with one of his two mantra’s “Mistakes Were Made”.
When Timmy’s “agency” is shut down he must face the reality of his life. Now alone and without Total, we meet a new Timmy, one that seems to fit into the normal world, the world that adults expect. But with encouragement from the school guidance counselor (Craig Robinson) Timmy learns that it isn’t all or nothing and that actions have consequences, one has to look at the mistakes that were made, own them and then adapt.
The balance of fantasy adventures and the real-world is a refreshing take on the coming of age stories we are used to seeing. Releasing on Disney+ February 7th this movie is perfect for families to enjoy together or anyone who has ever been the outsider, the Timmy of their world.