The Odd Life of Timothy Green

August 15th 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG,
  • 100 min,
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Cast: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Ron Livingston, Dianne Wiest, Odeya Rush, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, M. Emmet Walsh, Lois Smith, Common, Michael Arden, David Morse, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rhoda Griffis, Sharon Morris, Jason Davis, Steve Coulter, Kendall Ryan Sanders, Tim Ware, William J. Harrison, Dorothy Macdonald, Chan Creswell, Darryl Booker, Lucy Gebhardt, Patrick Brouder, Shaun O'Banion, Jay Freer
  • Director: Peter Hedges
  • Writers: Peter Hedges, Ahmet Zappa
  • Producers: Scott Sanders, James Whitaker, Ahmet Zappa
  • Executive Producers: John Cameron, Mara Jacobs
  • Art Direction: James Hegedus
  • Castings: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey
  • Costume Design: Susie DeSanto
  • D.O.P.: John Toll
  • Editor: Andrew Mondshein
  • Makeup: Deborah La Mia Denaver
  • Music: Geoff Zanelli
  • Production Design: Wynn Thomas
  • Set Decoration: Brana Rosenfeld


Cindy Green and Jim Green, a childless couple, become frustrated with their inability to conceive, so one night they dream up their ideal offspring and write the child's characteristics and life events on pieces of paper, including "scoring the winning goal." The couple places the notes in a box and buries them in their backyard. After a stormy night in Stanleyville, a 10-year-old arrives at their doorstep, claiming the Greens as his own. Soon they realize that the child, named Timothy, is far more special than they originally thought.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Georgia, USA; Los Angeles, USA; North Carolina, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Mild thematic elements and brief language
  • Production Companies: Monsterfoot Productions, Scott Sanders Productions, Walt Disney Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 20 January 2011 - April 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "A strange looking family fantasy drama from Disney that novelist & musician Ahmet Zappa originated as an idea, this first came to many's attention with the release of a very early teaser trailer back in August - a full year out from release.

The story follows a childless and infertile couple who bury all their wishes and hopes for a baby in a box in their backyard. The next day they awaken to find a ten-year-old child on their doorstep, one who isn't all he appears to be and claims to be theirs.

Considering the pain and anguish some couples have to go through to have a child, a film with a trivial and "'Benjamin Button' but younger-skewing" approach like this almost comes off as vaguely insulting. Yet there's obviously something here, something strong enough to attract a good cast and for Disney to schedule this far ahead and push forward this prominently. Could be pleasant enough if you can buy the central premise."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 12 September 2012: France
  • 13 September 2012: Argentina, Denmark
  • 14 September 2012: Norway
  • 27 September 2012: Singapore
  • 28 September 2012: Brazil, Sweden
  • 4 October 2012: Chile, Malaysia
  • 1 November 2012: Czech Republic
  • 8 November 2012: Germany
  • 15 November 2012: Australia, New Zealand
  • 16 November 2012: Spain
  • 30 November 2012: Turkey
  • 6 December 2012: Hungary