First Image & Synopsis for ‘Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad Day’ Movie

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Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Day Movie First Image First Image & Synopsis for Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad Day Movie

Between heart-warming drama Saving Mr. Banks and animated delight Frozen, Walt Disney Pictures ended their already excellent 2013 on a high, with both films warmly received by critics and audiences alike.

To begin 2014, Disney has revealed a few more details of their upcoming slate, from Guardians of the Galaxy tidbits to new Muppets Most Wanted promos. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day isn’t as highly anticipated as those movies, but as it’s based on Judith Viorst’s celebrated children’s book of the same name, there’s an immediate audience to which it will appeal.

Directed by Miguel Arteta – who replaced The Kids are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko at the helm – Disney has unveiled the first image as well as the synopsis for the adaptation. Check out the synopsis below:

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.

And here’s the image:


Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Day Movie 570x378 First Image & Synopsis for Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad Day Movie

Other than some amusing ‘shocked’ faces, the new still illustrates the film’s impressive cast, with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner the obvious standouts. Carell in particular is no stranger to films aimed at younger cinemagoers – Despicable Me 2 proved to be one of the box office hits of 2013 – and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will doubtlessly profit from his lovable comedic talents.

Very Bad Day will be the Arteta’s first truly mainstream directorial effort on the big screen, having previously made The Good Girl, Youth in Revolt, and Cedar Rapids. On the small screen, Arteta has directed Carell once already The Office, so there’s likely already a shorthand between actor and filmmaker that will contribute to the film’s success.

With two more similarly long-winded titles in the book series, there is potential for a new franchise should the first installment prove successful. What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you want to see more Alexander films?


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be released in theaters on October 10th, 2014.

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  1. Wow…this brings back some memories. One of my favorite childhood books!

  2. This was, and is, one of my favorite children’s books. The cast looks great, but the synopsis is…irritating at best. I will wait to learn more details, but the very significant change from just Alexander’s suffering to that of his whole family both dilutes the impact AND defeats the point of the related entertainment factor. The story is truly funny because of the mishaps that befall the one while “mysteriously” avoiding the others…unless they are, in fact, referencing the headaches Alexander’s “misery” brings to those around him, albeit unintentionally…

    I hold tightly to my hope…

  3. I hated that kid.

  4. I have a feeling this will be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad movie.

    I had to.

  5. Well, as usual, this is yet another children’s story we’ve never heard of in the UK that’s being turned into a movie. Doesn’t sound very interesting but I’m not really the target audience, young children are.

  6. It works both ways. Not every thing from the UK is Harry Potter kind of poular either. And look at how Tintin is well known everywhere but the US.

    • *Oops, that was a reply to Dazz* (^-^)

      …and *everything*

  7. as an artist, illustrator, animator, movie lover, and children’s book lover i am completely turned off by the need that studios feel to turn very short, very simple stories with unique visual styles into an hour and a half of cookie cutter crap.

    how many films have we seen that have taken a story that kids love and changed the style into whatever the basic style formula for that particular studio is? how many stories have lost their quaint lovability by being stretched out into some wacky adventure equation?

    taking just for example cloudy with a chance of meatballs. that movie was simple and beautifully illustrated and and of that was ignored for the movie so that it can be shoehorned into theatrical release.

    there are so many ways to get media to the public these days that it doesn’t need to be this way. especially with disney’s tendency to intro it’s full length movies with short films, this could have been done in the same artistic style as the books illustrations, and kept the story simple, sweet, and thought provoking for kids, and saved a lot of money in the process.

    but you know me, can’t complain.

    • excuse me, i said that the movie cloudy with a chance of meatballs was simple and beautifully illustrated, when i meant to say that the book was so.