Trivia / Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  • Adored by the Network:
    • It seems Cartoon Network can't go a month without showing one of the films at some point.
    • Even within the series, Rodrick Rules is played much more often than the other movies.
  • Box Office Bomb: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul: Budget, $22 million. Box office, $20,541,739 (domestic), $33,561,079 (worldwide). The negative backlash over this adaptation replacing all of the cast from the previous three films (spawning the #NotMyRodrick meme), combined with the hiatus between the movies (as even creator Jeff Kinney stated there wouldn't be more films starring said cast due to the child actors growing older), critics panning it far more severely than the original trilogy and competition from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, dealt quite the damage to this film's overall performance.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Jeff Kinney plays Holly Hills' father.
    • And the director of the last two movies appears in a newscast in the third.
  • Dawson Casting: Lots of high schoolers playing preteens in the movie, which makes the idea of them being in middle school very unrealistic.
    • This got to the point the third movie was rushed into production so the original actors could be used one last time before they officially got too old to pass as early teens.
  • Development Hell: In late 2012, it was announced that an animated 30-minute TV special of "Cabin Fever" was in production, and set to be released in late 2014. It's been well over a year since it was supposed to be released, and nothing has been heard from it since.
  • Follow the Leader: There's no denying that the amount of book series that starting popping up after Wimpy Kid came out and blew up based on middle schoolers' journal entries combining words and drawings were definitely not a coincidence.
  • Name's the Same: Dr. Salazar Kagan, Greg's dentist, while depraved, was not responsible for founding Hogwarts or opening the Chamber of Secrets.
  • The Other Darrin: The entire cast was replaced for the movie adaptation of The Long Haul.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • In the webcomic, Manny breaks Greg's Walkman by stuffing a cookie in the cassette slot. The novel changed it to a nameless video game system.
    • Game Boys with link cables appeared in the webcomic, which were about 7 years outdated by the time the first print book was published.
    • In the webcomic, Rowley owns a Playstation. In the film, he owns a Wii.

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