Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Coming October 2014

Walt Disney Studios announced beginning of production of Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, coming to theaters October 10, 2014.  The film is based on the popular children’s story of the same name.  Although, I certainly don’t remember much “meat” when reading this to my daughters.  It will be interesting to see how  the book is adapted for a feature length film.  Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is directed by Miguel Arteta, and will star Steve Carrell (Despicable Me, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), and 12 year old Ed Oxenbould as Alexander.  Continue reading for the official synopsis from Walt Disney Studios.

Update September 30, 2014

New batch of clips released for Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

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(L-R) Jennifer Garner (Kelly Cooper) and Dick Van Dyke. Photo by: Dale Robinette. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Baby Trevor (Zoey/Elise Vargas) seeks solace in a green marker after losing his favorite pacifier. With Steve Carell. Photo by: Dale Robinette. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update September 25, 2014

In this clip released for Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, Anthony (Dylan Minnette) tries to make up with girlfriend Celia (Bella Thorne), but ends up going all “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Celia (Bella Thorne) Photo by: Dale Robinette. ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update September 21, 2014

New clip released for ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, plus tips for how to avoid a VERY BAD Party.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

Update September 5, 2014

You know what makes any bad day better?  Hawaii!!  That’s right, and Disney has just announced a sweepstakes to win an Adventures by Disney trip for four to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.  To enter the ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY sweepstakes, all you need to do is share a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad throwback family photo using #VeryBadDaySweeps on Twitter or Instagram.

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No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.  See official rules: http://on.fb.me/1tatOdF  

Also, in case the prospect of NOT winning a trip to Disney’s Aulani gives you a bad day, here are more printable, activity sheets Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY including: memory game, maze, spot the difference, and a tangle.  Just click on the links after the image to open up the pdf file in a new tab.  Remember, some of the files may take a while to load.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

Memory Game

Maze

Spot the Difference

Untangle the Lines

Update August 22, 2014

Are you having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day just thinking about the beginning of the new school year?  Well don’t worry, these activity sheets (and even a quiche recipe) from Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY will help turn your day around in a hurry.  Just click on the links after the image to open up a pdf file in another tab, but be patient, some of the files are large and may take some time to download.

Disney's ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

Ben Cooper’s Crustless Quiche Recipe

Baby’s Bad Day Coloring Sheet

Horrible Birthday Cake Coloring Sheet

Hopping Hide and Seek

Bad Day Door Hanger

Update May 11, 2014

Disney released a poster, stills, and trailer for ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY coming to theaters October 10, 2014.

Disney's ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAYDisney's ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

 

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ALEXANDER COOPER (Ed Oxenbould). Photo by: Dale Robinette. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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(L-R) MS. SUGGS (Jennifer Coolidge) and ANTHONY COOPER (Dylan Minnette). Photo by: Dale Robinette. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

(L-R) BEN COOPER (Steve Carell), KELLY COOPER (Jennifer Garner), BABY TREVOR (Elise/Zoey Vargas), EMILY COOPER (Kerris Dorsey) and ALEXANDER COOPER (Ed Oxenbould). Photo by: Dale Robinette. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Original post from August 30, 2013 follows below…

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Zoey/Elise Vargas, Kerris Dorsey, Dylan Minnette and Ed Oxenbould in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Photo by: Dale Robinette. ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Walt Disney Studios

From Walt Disney Studios Press Release

Disney has kicked off production on “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic.

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life — a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another.  But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him.  He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Jennifer Garner "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green"

Actress Jennifer Garner at the Premiere of “The Odd Life Of Timothy Green” at the El Capitan Theatre. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez

 

Steve Carell (“The Way, Way Back,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” the forthcoming “Foxcatcher”) and Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “Juno”) star as Alexander’s upbeat parents.  The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talents that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (“Lost,” the upcoming “Prisoners”) as Alexander’s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (TV’s “Ray Donovan,” “Moneyball”) as sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould (Oz TV’s “Puberty Blues”), who makes his big-screen feature debut as the film’s title character, Alexander.

Emmy winner (and Golden Globe nominee) Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) also joins the cast, along with Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie,” “Legally Blonde,” TV’s “2 Broke Girls”) and Bella Thorne (“Shake It Up!”).

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne at the World Premiere Of “Disney’s Planes” Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage

 

The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.  Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.

The film is produced by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Date Night,” “Real Steel”), Emmy nominee and CEO of the Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson, and 21 Laps Entertainment President Dan Levine (“The Internship,” “Along Came Polly,” “Freedom Writers”).  It’s executive produced by industry veteran Philip Steuer (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Oz The Great and Powerful,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy) and Jason Lust (“Whip It,” “The Waiting Game”).

Director Arteta’s key filmmaking team includes cinematographer Terry Stacey (“50/50,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”), two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“The Blind Side,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” HBO’s “Game Change”), and two artists with whom he has previously collaborated: Oscar-nominated film editor Pam Martin (“The Fighter,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Youth in Revolt”) and veteran costume designer Nancy Steiner (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Lost in Translation,” “The Good Girl,” “Youth in Revolt”).

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” published in 1972, was written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz.  The endearing, enduring classic (with more than 2 million copies in print) became an ALA Notable Children’s Book while also winning a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award, and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book.  Viorst followed this book (inspired by her own three sons’ childhoods—Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas) with two sequels: “Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday” (1978) and “Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” (1995).  The 1972 original was first adapted to the small screen as a half-hour HBO animated musical in 1990 before Viorst collaborated with composers Charles Strouse (music) and Shelley Markham (musical score) for a 1998 stage musical at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.