Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on Jeff Kinney's globally successful series of novels, has premiered on Disney Plus. It follows Greg Heffley, the eponymous “Wimpy Kid,” as he struggles to get through middle school and all of its problems. In Disney Plus' “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” the constant problems of a prepubescent protagonist are playfully placed at the centre.
After a successful run of four live-action films based on Jeff Kinney's popular book series, director Swinton Scott reboots the franchise as an animated film, and while the wholesome-minded product feels a little redundant at times, it establishes its own identity, occasionally outperforming its cinematic predecessor enough to make it a worthwhile watch.
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What's There in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid ?
Greg Heffley and his best buddy Rowley Jefferson are set to start middle school. Rodrick, his elder brother, gives him advise on how to “survive,” emphasising the need of avoiding the Cheese Touch, which is said to make one extremely disliked. Greg attempts to persuade Rowley to grow up, almost telling him about The Cheese, but decides against it since he doesn't want to terrify him too much.
Greg tries to assist Rowley acclimate on the first day, but both of them are rejected by the bulk of the kids, owing to Rowley's juvenile antics and his preference for the phrase “Play” over “Hang Out.” Despite this, they escape falling to the bottom of the school's hierarchy.
Greg and Rowley are compelled to take Greg's younger brother Manny with them on Halloween night. Greg is first irritated, but soon sees that Manny's attractive pirate outfit allows them to obtain a big amount of sweets. Manny and Rowley eventually wear out, but Greg insists on continuing on and taking a shortcut along Snake Road, against his mother Susan's objections. They come upon a trio of youngsters who proceed to ridicule them and pursue them down the road with water balloons.
The youngsters elude them by duping them into driving their vehicle into a ditch, making it home on time, only for Greg's father Frank to ruin their sweets by mistaking them for teens and dumping water on them. Manny then tells Susan about the Snake Road incident, and Greg is banned for a week from playing video games.
Later, while playing “tumble trike,” Greg fractures Rowley's arm by mistake. Susan notices this but decides not to chastise Greg more. Instead, she demands that he do the right thing and treat Rowley with respect. Instead, Greg tries to profit from Rowley's injured arm, only to be rejected even more by the other pupils, who adore Rowley and blame Greg for breaking it in the first place.
Greg tries a fresh method by becoming a cartoonist for the school paper; Rowley is interested in a discarded concept of his, in which every strip's punchline is “Zoo-Wee Mama!”; however, Greg insists on a new one he created, asking Rowley to develop his own comic instead of working together.
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Let's See the Making of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The chances of a fourth live-action picture following the release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days were small. Jeff Kinney, the creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels, revealed in 2012 that the next part, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, will be adapted into an animated feature.
Kinney said that he was working with Fox on a half-hour special based on Cabin Fever in an interview for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, which was set to debut in late 2014. The special was supposed to be an animated production created by 20th Century Fox Animation, and it was in the works while Kinney was working on live-action movies. During production, however, the idea was changed from a special to an animated series.
The project was revealed to be continuing in development exclusively for streaming on Disney+ in August 2019, following Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox. At the 2020 Disney Investor Day event, the project was reported to have been revamped as an animated reboot feature picture simply named Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Along with this statement, it was confirmed that filming had begun, with a potential release date of mid-2020. The film was set to be released on December 3, 2021, and it was confirmed in September 2021 that it would be an adaptation of the first novel in the series.
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On December 3, 2021, the film was launched on Disney+. In addition, a reissue of the original book was released with a new Disney+ cover variant as a movie tie-in. Amulet Books published the sequel to the first novel, but this time in collaboration with Disney Enterprises, Inc. and 20th Century Studios. On November 23, 2021, it was released. Jeff Kinney announced that sequels are already in the works ahead of the premiere of the first picture on October 23, 2021.
Kinney said that the sequel, based on Rodrick Rules, will be published in 2022 for Disney+ Day. Kinney indicated that he plans to convert all of his books into Disney+ animated films. It is presently uncertain if the film will include 20th Century Animation.