'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' trailer: That title really says it all

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Judith Viorst’s classic picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day tells the tale of a five-year-old ginger who endures 24 hours of nonstop catastrophe. He goes to sleep with gum in his mouth and wakes up with gum in his hair; he fails to snag an awesome cereal box prize; at school, he’s chastised for forgetting about the number 16. (These things all count as disasters when you’re five.)

Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of the book retains Alexander and the book’s bad-day premise — but it also ages up Viorst’s protagonist, shifts the story’s focus to the kid’s entire nuclear family (including parents Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner), and, as all contemporary adaptations of beloved books must, adds a few unfortunate modern touches. Always wanted to hear Alexander lisp, “I can’t believe Elliot texted photoshopped pictures of me to the whole school”? Wish granted, whoever you are. Watch the trailer below:













Alexander hits theaters October 10. Before that day comes, though, may I recommend that you watch HBO’s charming animated musical adaptation of Viorst’s story, which first aired in 1990? Like, right now? “So much to do, so little time in the moooooorning!”

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