Diary of a Wimpy Kid (film series)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid films
Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series.jpg
The logo for the films
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onDiary of a Wimpy Kid series
by Jeff Kinney
Starring
Narrated byZachary Gordon (1–3)
Jason Drucker (4)
Music by
Cinematography
Edited by
  • Wendy Greene Bricmont (1)
  • Troy Takaki (2–4)
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Studios
(1–4)
Disney+
(5)
Release date
  • 1: March 19, 2010
  • 2: March 25, 2011
  • 3: August 3, 2012
  • 4: May 19, 2017
  • 5: 2021 (Disney+)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetTotal (4 films)
$80 million
Box officeTotal (4 films)
$265,330,423

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a film series based on the series of books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. The series consists of four films: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017), as well as Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021 Disney+ reboot) as well as a short film entitled, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown (2012)

Films[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid was released March 19, 2010,[2] as it moved up from a previously scheduled April 2 release date.[3] Principal production began on September 21, 2009, and was completed on October 16, 2009. The film was directed by Thor Freudenthal and starred Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley, Robert Capron as Rowley Jefferson, Rachael Harris as Susan Heffley, Steve Zahn as Frank Heffley, Devon Bostick as Rodrick Heffley, Connor and Owen Fielding as Manny Heffley, Chloë Grace Moretz as Angie Steadman, Grayson Russell as Fregley, Laine MacNeil as Patty Farrell, and Karan Brar as Chirag Gupta. It is the only film in the series to be directed by Freudenthal. The musical score was composed by Theodore Shapiro. The film received mixed reviews from critics.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)[edit]

Rodrick Rules is the second film in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series. It was released on March 25, 2011, and is based on the second book, Rodrick Rules with scenes from The Last Straw. Principal photography began on August 23, 2010, and was completed on October 27, 2010, with filming taking place in Vancouver and New Westminster. Rodrick Rules was directed by David Bowers, with Zachary Gordon reprising his role as Greg Heffley. New main characters include Holly Hills (Peyton List), Grandpa (Terence Kelly), and Bill Walter (Fran Kranz). Edward Shearmur composes the original score for the film. The film also received mixed reviews from critics.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the third film in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series. It was released on August 3, 2012, and is based on the third book The Last Straw and the fourth book Dog Days. The film was directed by David Bowers and features the same familiar cast of characters, introducing a few new ones, and also focusing on lesser characters not elaborated on in previous films, including Frank Heffley (Steve Zahn), Mr. Jefferson (Alf Humphreys) and Holly Hills (Peyton List). Dog Days is the last film to feature the original cast, as they had outgrown their roles after filming wrapped. The film also received mixed reviews from critics.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul was released on May 19, 2017, and is the first film to feature an entirely new cast. Jason Drucker and Charlie Wright portray Greg and Rodrick Heffley, and Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone as their parents, Frank and Susan.[4] The film follows Greg and his brother Rodrick being dragged into a family road trip to their great grandmother's house for her 90th birthday. Greg however, sees this as an opportunity to meet his internet idol Mac Digby and get people to forget about him being dubbed as a meme known as "Diaper Hands". The film was panned by critics and audiences.

Short film[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown (2012)[edit]

An animated short film set after the events of Dog Days, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown, was released on the home media release of Dog Days in 2012. The short is told through Greg's point of view as he explains his experience with humor and comedy. Zachary Gordon reprises his role as Greg Heffley along other cast members voicing their characters from the films in minor roles.

Future[edit]

Animated film[edit]

On December 10, 2020, it was announced on Disney Investors Day that an animated film based on the books would premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2021.[5]

Cast members[edit]

Character Main films Short film
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Class Clown
Principal characters
Gregory "Greg" Heffley Zachary Gordon Zachary Gordon Jason Drucker Zachary Gordon
Nathaniel Marten
(adult)
Dylan Bell
(young)
L.J. Benet
(uncredited singing voice)
Rowley Jefferson Robert Capron Owen Asztalos Robert Capron
Rodrick Heffley Devon Bostick Devon Bostick Devon Bostick Charlie Wright Devon Bostick
Conner Ingram
(young)
Susan Heffley Rachael Harris Alicia Silverstone Appeared
Frank Heffley Steve Zahn Tom Everett Scott Steve Zahn
Manny Heffley Connor and Owen Fielding Wyatt and Dylan Walters Appeared
Sweetie Oliver
Westmore Middle School Students & Staff
Chirag Gupta Karan Brar
Fregley Grayson Russell
Patty Farrell Laine MacNeil Laine MacNeil
Madison Bell
(young)
Coach Malone Andrew McNee
Mrs. Norton Belita Moreno
Bryce Anderson Owen Best
Shelly Samantha Page
Marley Ava Hughes
Archie Kelly Jake D. Smith
Angie Steadman Chloë Grace Moretz
Mr. Winsky Rob Labelle
Vice Principal Roy Raugi Yu
Colin Lee Alex Ferris
Preston Mudd Rylee Stiles Appeared
Holly Hills Peyton List
Mr. Draybick John Shaw
Heffley family relatives
Grandpa Heffley Terence Kelly Photograph
Meemaw Mimi Gould
Gammie Heffley June Foray
Other characters
Mr. Jefferson Alfred E. Humphreys Alfred E. Humphreys
Pete Hosey Nicholas Carey
Carter Samuel Patrick Chu
Wade Donnie MacNeil
Mrs. Jefferson Kaye Capron Bronwen Smith
Ben Segal Bryce Hodgson
Chris Christopher Thorgard-De Schuster
Bill Walter Appeared Fran Kranz
Scotty Douglas Jakob Davies
Taylor Pringle Dalila Bela
Mrs. Kohan Teryl Rothery
Mr. Salz Serge Houde
Mr. Hills Jeff Kinney
Heather Hills Melissa Roxburgh
Stan Warren Philip Maurice Hayes
Troop Master Barret Frank C. Turner
Lenwood Heath Tom Stevens
Mr. Beardo Christopher A. Coppola
Mac Digby Joshua Hoover

Crew[edit]

Role Film
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
The Long Haul
Director Thor Freudenthal David Bowers
Producer Nina Jacobson
Brad Simpson
Writer Jackie Filgo
Jeff Filgo
Gabe Sachs
Jeff Judah
Gabe Sachs
Jeff Judah
Maya Forbes
Wally Wolodarsky
Jeff Kinney
David Bowers
Composer Theodore Shapiro Edward Shearmur
Cinematographer Jack N. Green Anthony B. Richmond
Editor Wendy Greene Bricmont Troy Takaki Troy Takaki

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Budget Box office gross
North America Other
territories
Worldwide
Diary of a Wimpy Kid[6] March 19, 2010 $15 million $64,003,625 $11,696,873 $75,700,498
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules[7] March 25, 2011 $21 million $52,698,535 $19,718,859 $72,417,394
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days[8] August 3, 2012 $22 million $49,008,662 $28,103,514 $77,112,176
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul[9] May 19, 2017 $22 million $20,738,724 $19,361,631 $40,100,355
Total $80 million $186,449,546 $78,880,877 $265,330,423

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 52% (105 reviews)[10] 56 (27 reviews)[11] A–[12]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 47% (99 reviews)[13] 51 (23 reviews)[14] A–[12]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 51% (72 reviews)[15] 54 (22 reviews)[16] A–[12]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul 18% (71 reviews)[17] 39 (16 reviews)[18] B[12]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Brew, Simon (July 28, 2016). "Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Franchise Rebooting With New Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
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  8. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
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  12. ^ a b c d "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
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  14. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Reviews". Metacritic.
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  16. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Reviews". Metacritic.
  17. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  18. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Reviews". Metacritic.