Disney is bringing their own original movie adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to their Disney+ streaming service in December. A trailer was released that showcases all the mischief, embarrassment, and typical dreaded middle school life of Greg Heffley. It will be an animated feature in the original art style of the book it is based on.
Here’s the official synopsis: Greg Heffley is a scrawny but ambitious kid with an active imagination and big plans to be rich and famous – he just has to survive middle school first. To make matters worse, Greg’s lovable best friend Rowley seems to coast through life and succeed at everything without even trying! As details of his hilarious – and often disastrous – attempts to fit in fill the pages of his journal, Greg learns to appreciate true friends and the satisfaction that comes from standing up for what is right.
Disney’s movie will be based on the first book of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series by author and cartoonist, Jeff Kinney. The series has been a hit since its first release of an online version back in 2004, garnering the series a live film adaptation in 2010 and three subsequent sequels and a short film thereafter.
The trailer showcases fresh, animated visuals that look ripped straight from the original books. It gives audiences a glimpse of the animation, which is based entirely on the famous illustrative style of Kinney’s books. From the meeting of Greg and Rowley to the famous “cheese touch” sequence, moments, characters, and scenarios from the school-based book are translated directly from page to screen.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is helmed by Swinton Scott and written and produced by Kinney. The voice talents include: Brady Noon (The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers) as Greg Heffley, Ethan William Childress (mixed-ish) as Rowley Jefferson, and Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley) as Frank Heffley.
Disney’s animated movie adaptation has the charm of the best-selling book series. The coming-of-age flick will be released on Disney+ on 3 December.