The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" — Greg's Journals Continues on the Big Screen

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The one thing I love about serialized movies is that you grow with the character and you can see the actual growth of the artist/s who played the role of the protagonist. Much like of its predecessor serialized movies such as the Harry Potter franchise series, the Twilight Saga, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Star Wars Trilogy, among others, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a no exception.

I have watched both part 1 and part 2 of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I was never a fan of the illustrated novels, but I love how 20th Century Fox has transformed the novels into a live film, of course, with real actors. Over the years, I have seen how the main characters Greg and Rowley transformed from a then loser seven year olds in part 1 of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, to their middle schooling years where Rodrick Rules the game — The Diary of a Wimpy Kid never failed to entertain the child in me.

Returning Characters


Since the movie's release in 2010, millions of fans all over the world experienced the live adaptation of one of the best-selling books in Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series. Two years later, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie franchise is now it's third installment with storylines coming from Jeff Kinney's third (The Last Straw) and fourth (Dog Days) books, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the latest big screen installment from the popular series of illustrated novels about the wise-cracking but hapless middle school student Greg Heffley. Zachary Gordon reprises his role as Greg, the middle schooler kid who confides everything to his diary (though, as he likes to point out, "It's NOT a diary, it's a journal!").

Returning also in the big screen with Zachary Gordon are Devon Bostick who plays Rodrick, the older but not wiser brother of Greg and Robert Capron who plays Greg's best friend Rowley whose wholesome outlook in life makes him the coolest kid around. Greg and Rowley will not be complete without the presence of Fregley (Grayson Russell), Holly (Peyton List), Patty (Laine MacNeil), and Chirag (Karan Brar).

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Production Information


Jeff Kinney, who worked closely with the screenwriters, producers and director, says, “We have an obligation to our readers, to make sure we’re protecting their expectations and don’t stray too far from the books.

Simpson notes, “Some fans will ask, what happened to the third book, The Last Straw? We incorporated elements of it into “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”, and we brought other elements into “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”. For the latter, this enabled us to get outside of the school and do a summer-themed movie. This was a great opportunity to expand Greg’s world. People usually look at summer vacation as a golden time, but for Greg it’s just as tough as the school year. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a really fun book that turns summer on its head, and I think we’ve done that in the movie. We also have some new elements that feel like they’re part of Jeff Kinney’s world.

Indeed, the filmmakers are quick to praise Zachary Gordon’s achievements in bringing Greg Heffley to life on screen. “I can’t imagine anyone else playing this role,” says Simpson. “We started out, three years ago, with a stick figure in Jeff’s book, and had many discussions about what that stick figure would look like if it came to life. We decided that it was really about attitude – a little bit of a hustler, a little bit of salesman, and of course, a wimp. Greg is a good kid, but still trying to get ahead the way that kids do. Zach has really nailed this role and I think it’s hard for kids, when they read the books, to imagine anyone but Zach as Greg.

Zachary’s Greg still plays off his friends, including Rowley, and troublemaker older brother Rodrick, but “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” also sees Greg spending more time with his dad, Frank. Jacobson notes: “This movie is about Greg and his father, and we get a much fuller sense of who Frank is as a character and more of an opportunity to enjoy Steve Zahn, who’s played the role in all three pictures. And, while we’ve had the amazing comedic weapon that is Steve in our arsenal all along, it’s great to finally let it loose.” Kinney says, “In the books, the parents are kind of background characters; Greg doesn’t even know what his father does for a living. But Steve has done wonders with the Frank character, and adds humor to everything he does.” Rachael Harris adds, “There are some very laugh-out-loud slapsticky things Steve does that nobody can do better.

The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” opens August 15 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Below is the full movie trailer of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days! Zoo wee mama!

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