Kids movies are in high demand, and audiences can’t get enough of clever adaptations of popular books and TV shows that incorporate storylines that will please kids and adults.  Many children’s movies these days use a lot of jokes and references for parents as well as using storylines that appeal to kids. This year in addition to several movies based on popular TV shows a movie featuring the characters in the very popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series will be released. The movie version of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid is expected to be released early in the spring of 2010.  We expect to see many kids wanting to dress according to the movie.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie is based on the bestselling children’s book of the same name. In the book the author takes readers through a year in the life of Greg Heffley, an average middle school kid, and his best friend. Greg chronicles his life through a series of diary like entries and cartoons that he draws illustrating what life is like for an average middle school boy. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, is a big part of the story. Also involved in the day to day adventures of Greg and Rowley are their parents, teachers, and other kids from school.  During the course of the year the comics document normal kid adventures like trick or treating, not getting the presents that they want for Christmas, and dealing with the intricacies of middle school social politics. The movie is based on the first book in the series of Wimpy Kid books but incorporates characters from the other books, although that doesn’t  mean that there won’t be future Wimpy Kid movies.  If the first movie does well the studio will consider making sequels based on audience demand. In the movie experienced child actor Zachary Gordon will be Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron will play his best friend Rowley Jefferson.

Special editions of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are already being planned that will have illustrations, photos, and other features that tie in with the movie.  Merchandizing for the movie is already in full swing, and Halloween costumes based on the characters in the movie are predicted to be very popular for Halloween 2010.  Even though the stories that are told by Greg aren’t new and have been experienced by children throughout history Greg is able to give typical pre-adolescent problems a new and modern viewpoint by presenting them in the cartoon format.  Kids everywhere embraced the book because they could relate to the character of Greg and to the stories about his life that mirror the things they experience everyday like watching your best friend drift away and start to have other friends or getting something you wrote or drew in the school newspaper.  Parents and kids will enjoy watching the Diary of a Wimpy Kid together and can go on to read more of the Diary  of a Wimpy Kid books together as well.


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