Diary of a Wimpy Kid films

(Top): Logo as seen on one of the live-action films' trailers
(Bottom): Logo for the animated film
Based onDiary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
Distributed by
Release dates
2010–2017 (live-action films)
2021-present (animated films)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$80,000,000
(Cumulative of 4 films)
Box office$265,330,423
(Cumulative of 4 films)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of family comedy films based on the book series of the same name by Jeff Kinney. The series currently consists of four theatrical films and an animated film.

Films

Film U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s) Status
Live-action films
Diary of a Wimpy Kid March 19, 2010 (2010-03-19) Thor Freudenthal Jackie Filgo & Jeff Filgo
and Jeff Judah & Gabe Sachs
Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson Released
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules March 25, 2011 (2011-03-25) David Bowers Jeff Judah & Gabe Sachs
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days August 3, 2012 (2012-08-03) Wallace Wolodarsky & Maya Forbes
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19) Jeff Kinney & David Bowers
Animated films
Diary of a Wimpy Kid December 3, 2021 (2021-12-03) Swinton Scott Jeff Kinney Released
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 2022 TBA In Production

Live-action films

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Main article: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010 film)

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 was 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 was released March 19, 2010,[1] as it moved up from a previously scheduled April 2 release date.[2]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)

Main article: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (film)

Based on the second book, Rodrick Rules with elements 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: Rodrick Rules was released on March 25, 2011.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

Main article: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (film)

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: Dog Days was released on August 3, 2012.

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

Main article: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (film)

Featuring an entirely new cast, the plot follows Greg and his brother Rodrick unwillingly being taken on a family road trip to their great-grandmother's house for her 90th birthday. Greg sees this as an opportunity to meet his internet idol named 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, with most of the criticism aimed at the casting change. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul was released on May 19, 2017.

Animated reboot film

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021)

Main article: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021 film)

Kinney has announced the possibility for an animated film to be based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever as the next installment. In an interview for the latest book Hard Luck, Jeff Kinney stated he was working with Fox on a half-hour special of Cabin Fever, which was to be aired in late 2014,[3][4] but as of 2019 no updates on the special have been announced. In August 2018, 20th Century Fox CEO Stacey Snider announced that a fully animated television series based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid was in development.[5] On August 6, 2019, after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, the project was confirmed to be still in development for their streaming service, Disney+.[6]

In December 2020, the project was confirmed to have been redeveloped as an animated film.[7] On September 2, 2021, Disney officially confirmed that the new movie would be simply titled Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and would be released on December 3, 2021.[8] The movie is a re-adaptation of the first book and the characters appear similar in design to their appearances in the book series.[9] The first trailer was officially released in October 2021.[10] Unlike the previous films, which were produced by 20th Century Fox, this film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, although it was originally in production at 20th Century Animation.

Future

On October 23, 2021, ahead of the first film's release, Jeff Kinney revealed that sequels are already in development.[11][12] For Disney+ Day, Kinney revealed that the sequel, based on Rodrick Rules, is set to be released in 2022.[13] Kinney stated that he intends to adapt all his books into animated features for Disney+.[14]

Short film

An animated short film set after the events of the third film, titled 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 humorous experience. Zachary Gordon reprises his role as Greg Heffley along with other cast members voicing their characters from the films in minor roles.

Cancelled TV special

In 2012, Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books announced the possibility for an animated film to be based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever as the next installment. In an interview for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Kinney stated he was working with Fox on a half-hour special based on Cabin Fever, which was scheduled to air in late-2014.[15][16] The special was meant to be an animated production developed at 20th Century Fox Animation, and had begun development while Kinney worked on the live-action films. Nothing regarding the special ever materialized.

Principal cast and characters

See also: List of Diary of a Wimpy Kid characters

Character Live-action films Short film Animated film
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
(2010)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Rodrick Rules

(2011)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Class Clown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
(2021)
Primary cast
Gregory "Greg" Heffley Zachary Gordon Zachary Gordon Jason Drucker Zachary GordonV Brady NoonV
Nathaniel MartenO
Dylan BellY
L.J. BenetUS
Rowley Jefferson Robert Capron Owen Asztalos Robert CapronV Ethan William ChildressV
Rodrick Heffley Devon Bostick Devon Bostick Devon Bostick Charlie Wright Devon BostickV Hunter DillonV
Conner IngramY
Susan Heffley Rachael Harris Alicia Silverstone Appeared Erica CerraV
Frank Heffley Steve Zahn Tom Everett Scott Steve ZahnV Chris DiamantopoulosV
Manny Heffley Connor and Owen Fielding Wyatt and Dylan Walters Appeared Grace NewtonV
Sweetie Oliver
Supporting cast
Chirag Gupta Karan Brar Veda MaharajV
Fregley Grayson Russell Christian ConveryV
Patty Farrell Laine MacNeil Laine MacNeil
Madison BellY
Coach[a] Andrew McNee Billy LopezV
Mr. Jefferson Alfred E. Humphreys Alfred E. HumphreysV Appeared
Mrs. Norton Belita Moreno
Bryce Anderson Owen Best
Shelly Samantha Page
Marley Ava Hughes
Archie Kelly Jake D. Smith
Pete Hosey[b] Nicholas Carey Cyrus ArnoldV
Carter[c] Samuel Patrick Chu Zeno RobinsonV
Wade[d] Donnie MacNeil Braxton BakerV
Angie Steadman Chloë Grace Moretz
Mr. Winsky Rob Labelle
Vice Principal Roy[e] Raugi Yu Donny LucasV
Colin Lee Alex Ferris
Mrs. Jefferson Kaye Capron Bronwen Smith Photograph
Preston Mudd Rylee Stiles Photograph
Fregley's mom Gabrielle RoseD Brenda CrichlowV
Bill Walter Appears in end credits Fran Kranz
Holly Hills Peyton List
Grandpa Heffley Terence Kelly Photograph
Mr. Draybick John Shaw
Ben Segal Bryce Hodgson
Chris Christopher Thorgard-De Schuster
Scotty Douglas Jakob Davies
Mrs. Kohan Teryl Rothery
Mr. Salz Serge Houde
Taylor Pringle Dalila Bela
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
Meemaw Mimi Gould
Gammie Heffley June ForayV

Crew

Role Film
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Rodrick Rules
(2011)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021) Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Rodrick Rules
(2022)
Composer Theodore Shapiro Edward Shearmur John Paesano TBA
Cinematographer Jack N. Green Anthony B. Richmond N/A
Editor Wendy Greene Bricmont Troy Takaki Sylvain Blais
Production companies Fox 2000 Pictures
Dune Entertainment
Color Force
Fox 2000 Pictures
TSG Entertainment
Color Force
Walt Disney Pictures
20th Century Animation[f]
Bardel Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
Bardel Entertainment
Distributor 20th Century Fox Disney+

Reception

Box office performance

Film Budget Box office gross
North America Other
territories
Worldwide
Diary of a Wimpy Kid[17] $15 million $64,003,625 $11,696,873 $75,700,498
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules[18] $21 million $52,698,535 $19,718,859 $72,417,394
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days[19] $22 million $49,008,662 $28,103,514 $77,112,176
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul[20] $22 million $20,738,724 $19,402,248 $40,140,972
Totals $80 million $186,449,546 $78,921,494 $265,371,040

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) 54% (105 reviews)[21] 56 (27 reviews)[22] A–[23]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 47% (100 reviews)[24] 51 (23 reviews)[25] A–[23]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 52% (75 reviews)[26] 54 (22 reviews)[27] A–[23]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul 18% (72 reviews)[28] 39 (16 reviews)[29] B[23]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021) 69% (13 reviews)[30] 50 (4 reviews)[31] TBA

Notes

  1. ^ In the live-action films, the coach who manages Westmore Middle Schools Gym activities and saves Greg and Rowley from Pete Hosey's gang is credited as Coach Malone. In the animated film, he is credited as Mr. Underwood, his name in the books.
  2. ^ Credited as Teen Driver in the animated film.
  3. ^ Credited as Teen with Baseball Cap in the animated film.
  4. ^ Credited as Teen with Mullet in the animated film.
  5. ^ Credited as Vice Principal Roy in the first live-action film as in the original books and Mr. Humphreys in the animated film.
  6. ^ The film was originally in-development at 20th Century Animation, but was changed to a Walt Disney Pictures release before completion.

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