DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books by Jeff Kinney, opens in theaters this Friday, March 25th.
My son Jojo LOVES the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books so much that he carries them around in a tiny suitcase and has a place of honor for them so that they don’t touch ANY of his brother DEEDS’ books. Because you know. If an awesome book touches a preschool book, the “cool” might leak out. I guess.
In Rodrick Rules, Greg Heffley (the “Wimpy Kid”) is starting seventh grade. His older brother Rodrick picks on him in jerky older brother fashion, but their parents try to make them BOND! DUN DUN DUNNNN!
I had the opportunity to sit in on a conference call interview with author Jeff Kinney, and I even got to ask him a burning Wimpy Kid question:
MMT: Have you thought about an animated series for Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
Mr. Jeff Kinney: I definitely have. I’d love to bring these characters to life on the small screen especially.
I think that that feels like the next logical step to me. I’ve been really blessed to have success with this series. And this last year, they made a Thanksgiving Day balloon out of Greg Heffley, which was a huge milestone and a lot of fun.
I would just love to create something that’s really in lockstep with the series. What’s really great about the movies is that the human actors bring a lot of humanity to the characters and you feel and care for them in a way that you don’t for the drawings in the books. But, I’d really like to do something to complement the movie effort and to make something that feels very organic to the printed page.
Your Wimpy Kid fan can visit http://www.CartoonNetwork.com/wimpy to access key movie artwork, famous hand-drawn illustrations from the book series, a behind-the-scenes video from the new movie, interactive elements, “Greg and Rowley’s Secret Webpage,” Rodrick’s band’s webpage, the “Löded Diper’s Webspace”.
And, tune in to Cartoon Network TONIGHT (Thursday, March 24) for MORE exclusive behind-the-scenes content, a musical look at Löded Diper and other Rodrick Rules excitement.
Check out the Wimpy Kid Movie Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/wimpykidmovie.
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one Zoo Wee Mama Card Game
a Wimpy Kid Action Figure Set
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