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Disney's live action 'Alexander' releases first trailer

The trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was released earlier today, courtesy of Yahoo Movies. Based on Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book of the same name, Disney’s latest live action comedy hopes to cash in on nostalgia embedded in new parents that grew up with the book. And who knows, if the film is a hit, there are several other books in Viorst’s series that could become potential sequels.

A poster for the film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The cast of the upcoming Disney film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Eleven-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) believes that everyday is a bad day for him. Bullied by his older siblings and ignored by his successful, suburbanite parents who are watching out for his baby brother, Alex is suffering deeply from middle-child syndrome. From his perspective, everyone else in the family just seems to have a much easier time at life, whereas his day-to-day is marred by one awkward mishap after the other. However, through a series of events, Alexander watches in awe as the pristine lives of his family members crash down around them.

If you watch the trailer, a plot explanation isn’t necessary. In fact, watching the film might not even be necessary as the entire story is parsed down into the trailer’s two and a quarter minute runtime. Only the finer points are excluded. Trailers that do this are simply the worst. Usually only low-brow comedies can get away with this treatment, but if anyone else can pull it off, Disney can. With any luck, Alexander could be a new children’s classic.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will open theaters for a wide release on October 10. For more information on the film, check out Disney’s official website for the film here. The film stars Oxenbould, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne, Megan Mullally and Jennifer Coolidge. The film has been rated PG.