The "Wimpy Kid" mini-empire continues to expand as Jeff Kinney's best-selling illustrated novels get a movie threequel that will be the subject of much discussion in every middle school lunchroom, if the new trailer from Yahoo! Movies is any indication.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" is essentially a dweeby "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" with enough juvenile potty humor to make tweens giggle and hopefully some smart laughs as well, especially with a screenplay co-written by former "Simpsons" scribe/Wes Anderson regular Wallace Wolodarsky.
Zachary Gordon is back as the titular wimp, Greg Heffley, as he pretends to have a job at a country club to avoid potentially embarrassing situations, including a Boy Scout camping trip. The great Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris return as Greg's folks, as do the cool animations taken directly from Kinney's charming drawings.
We should expect some strong laughs from an accidental pantsing at a public swimming pool and a not-so-cool use of a pal's toothbrush.
Take a quick flip through Greg's "Diary" below before it brightens the dog days of summer on August 3rd, 2012!