Timmy Failure is the president, founder, and CEO of Total Failure, Inc., detective agency. With his partner, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear, Timmy strives to keep the streets of Portland safe by solving seemingly unsolvable mysteries like finding missing backpacks and thwarting the plans of a nefarious criminal gang. Though he is focused on finding a new global headquarters, he endures school, where he must contend with his fellow students and his teacher and nemesis, Mr. Crocus. While he is on a case, the “Failure Mobile,” his mother’s off-limits Segway scooter and his main source of transportation, disappears. Interpreting the theft as part of a secret plan devised by his adversaries, he begins a search that leads him through a series of misadventures that ultimately threaten the existence of his agency. Based on the best-selling books by Stephan Pastis, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and directed by award-winning Sundance Film Festival alumnus Tom McCarthy, this heartwarming and entertaining film celebrates the idea that being different isn’t a bad thing.
Tom McCarthy co-wrote and directed the 2016 Academy Award Best Picture winner Spotlight and recently wrapped production on Stillwater. McCarthy co-wrote the animated feature Up as well as the pilot of Showtime’s miniseries The Loudest Voice and executive produced and directed select episodes of Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. McCarthy’s Timmy Failure will be released on Disney+ in 2020. Tom’s acting credits include Good Night, and Good Luck.; Meet the Parents; Syriana; and The Wire.