Wimpy Kid Sequel: Ready for “Rodrick Rules”?

March 24th, 2011 by

Zoo-Wee Mama! Know what tomorrow is? Well, yes, it is indeed Friday Friday Friday (and now I have that song in my head — get it out get it out get it out!)… But it’s ALSO the release date for the second Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, Rodrick Rules!

We shared the first trailer with you guys as soon as it went public, but we had very limited intel about the film at that time. Happily, now there’s TONS of sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes awesomeness available on the magical interwebs. And if you’re as lazy as Rodrick Heffley, then you’re in luck — because we’ve rounded up some of our favorite goodies right here:

Factoid! Did you know that Rowley’s mom in the movie is played by his real-life mother? (Er, I mean Robert Capron’s real-life mother…) Read the Scholastic’s interview with the cast to get the lowdown. [Full disclosure: I work at Scholastic on the very site where this interview appears. But sadly, I did not have anything to do with this interview. Cry.]

Straight from the source! Also from Scholastic, an interview with author Jeff Kinney reveals that he’s got at least two more Wimpy Kid books in the works, and probably another movie. Keep ’em coming! 
Just in time for April Fool’s! Apparently, Zachary Gordon (who plays Greg) and Devon Bostick (who plays Rodrick) are huge pranksters, and kept things lively on set. Zach dumped a whole mess of salt into one of Devon’s water bottles, and Devon tricked Zach into eating an Oreo filled with toothpaste instead of frosting! Author Jeff Kinney also got into the act when he pulled one over on Zach — watch the video of his prank on Cartoon Network (click “Behind the Scenes” on the left side, and then choose “Inflatable Extras” down below).

Trailer #2! Turns out there’s a new trailer for the movie, and it’s full of funny stuff from the books — Mom Bucks! Rodrick caught on camera! — plus, some scenes I don’t recall and assume are brand new for the film (roller rink party?). Check it out for yourself:

Between the official site and Cartoon Network, there are about a bazillion more video clips for you to watch… or you could just wait until tomorrow and see the whole movie — that’s what Nancy and I are going to do! So check back next week for our review.

For now, I’ll leave you with this hilarious video. I started this post by referring to a big YouTube sensation, so it’s only fitting to end with what very well may be the next big Internet hit. At least, I think it should be!

And leave a comment if you’re planning to see the film! How do you think it will compare to the book?

— Karen

Unlike Rodrick, Karen never threw any parties when her parents were away. That they know of! Just kidding, she never did. She was a good kid. Really.

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Breaking Book News: How to Train Your Dragon 2

March 10th, 2011 by

Nancy and I are huge fans of How to Train Your Dragon — both the movie and the book by Cressida Cowell. (If you missed it, check out our review — it’s as glowing as a village that’s been breathed on by a dragon!) So we’re extremely pleased that yesterday, Dreamworks announced the release date for the movie sequel: June 20, 2014.

Yeah, I know that’s really far away. But the way I like to think about it, that just gives them more time to make an awesome movie. Right?

Just like the first film, How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be in 3D, and the cast will all be pretty much the same. But what will happen in the movie? I have no idea! Unfortunately, no one’s spilling much about the story. I’ve been doing furious research on the Interwebs, and all I could find was this little teaser from the writer/director, Dean DeBlois:

“What I presented to them was the second act of a much larger story. So the film takes on much more breadth, it’s really quite epic. We leave the first film with these Vikings on the backs of dragons, so the world just opens up and expands exponentially.”

Hello, talk about vague! Can we have some actual details, please?!

Normally, I’d say that since there’s actually a whole series of How to Train Your Dragon books, we should all just read the second book about Hiccup, and that would reveal all. But in this case, the movie was actually quite different from the book. So somehow, I have a feeling that How to Train Your Dragon 2 ISN’T going to be all about Hiccup’s search for Grimbeard the Ghastly’s treasure — which is the focus in How to be a Pirate (Book 2 in the series).

Oh well. I guess we have plenty of time to speculate: over three years! [wail of agony] Thank goodness there are so many Hiccup books to keep us entertained:

  • How to Be a Pirate
  • How to Speak Dragonese
  • How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse
  • How To Twist a Dragon’s Tale
  • A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons
  • How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm
  • How to Break a Dragon’s Heart

You can find out more about them all at Cressida Cowell’s official site.

So… if you had your choice, what would you want to see in Hiccup’s next onscreen adventure? More romance? More adventure? More Viking helmets? Share your ideas in the Comments — the sky is the limit! (Just like how the sky is the limit when Hiccup and Toothless are flying! Get it? Har har har.)

— Karen

Karen imagines she would not be very good at training a dragon. Once she killed a cactus in two weeks. A cactus

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Harry Potter Mania: The Next 7 Days

November 11th, 2010 by

As you might have noticed from our theme announcement earlier this week, Karen and I are gaga over all things Harry Potter — so much so that we’re devoting an entire month to it! And so has the rest of the world.


So here are some suggestions on how YOU can celebrate the awesome, magical, magnificent wonder of Harry Potter(ness):

Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14:
The ABC Family channel will be playing the previous Harry Potter movies and airing two exclusive clips from Harry Potter 7 Part 1. The first clip will debut during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on November 11 (that’s tonight!). The second clip will debut on November 12 during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The two scenes will then air throughout the rest of the weekend. (But if you can’t be glued to your TV, you can always wait for the clips to show up online. 😉 I sense some upcoming book-to-movie comparisons and dissection of the clips….)

Saturday, November 13 to Sunday, November 14:
The Quidditch World Cup in New York City! Now an equal-opportunity sport available to Muggles like ourselves.

Monday, November 15 (4 days left):
Prepare for the upcoming premiere by heading to the store Hot Topic, where they’ll carry HP-themed items. Or, make your own costume (here are my tips for Luna Lovegood).

Tuesday, November 16 (3 days left):
Construct a fort of your Harry Potter books and other Harry-Potter-like series. Hide inside fort and literally surround yourself with Harry Potter.

Wednesday, November 17 (2 days left):
Quick, take down that fort! What were you thinking, making a fort?! You need to re-read the series! It’s only about 4,224 pages, no big deal.

Thursday, November 18 (1 days left):
Start the day with 10 jumping jacks, a balanced breakfast, and a big smile. Try to subtly incorporate as much Harry Potter into your day-to-day life as possible. For instance:

Teacher: [Your Name], what is the answer to math question 6?
You: Psh, that’s easy. As my personal hero, Hermione Granger would say, 310.

Mom: Honey, could you set the table, please?
You: Sure, Mom! Ha ha, can you imagine if we were the Weasleys? There’d be an awful lot more dishes!

Your Friend: Hey, what are your plans for tonight?
[crickets chirp, awkward silence…]

(Maybe this last one wasn’t so subtle.)

12 AM Midnight, Friday, November 19:
Make sure your eyes don’t blink for the next 150 minutes.

— Nancy

Nancy is pretty bummed that she and Karen won’t be watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 together. Despite putting it on their calendars literally one year ago, it just wasn’t meant to be. Like Neville and Luna. Give it up, Neville + Luna shippers.

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Movie Review

October 10th, 2010 by

The new movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole really SOARED opening weekend, coming in at #2 at the box office. But did the story — adapted from Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole book series — really FLY on the big screen? Was it a HOOT? Or is it FOR THE BIRDS? And just how many owl puns can we fit into this paragraph?

Lucky for you, that paragraph is over — so we’re done with the bad jokes and now you can watch our video review of Legend of the Guardians. (Be sure to stay tuned until the end for a rousing game of Owl or Cheese!)

(PS – If you want to listen to our review ON THE FLY, you can download the audio. Sorry, couldn’t resist one more bird pun…)

Have you seen the movie? Leave a comment with YOUR review! How do you think it compared to the books?

Flipped Movie Review

September 5th, 2010 by

Bryce and Juli, sittin' in a tree... (Yeah, we're immature. What of it?)

Juli hearts Bryce. But Bryce hates Juli. OR DOES HE? If you’ve read the book Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen, then you know how their story goes — and you also know how awesome it is! Seriously, Nancy and Karen want to marry this book; we doodle hearts in the page margins while dreaming of romantic moonlit walks with this book; we call this book and then hang up when it answers. For reals.

So, of course, we could barely contain our excitement over the movie adaptation. (You may recall Karen’s giddy post announcing the upcoming film.)

And did the movie live up to our expectations? Is Flipped a hit? Or did Flipped flop? You’ll just have to watch our video review to find out:

(PS – If you’re on the go — say, climbing a sycamore tree or running away from a neighbor who wants to kiss you — don’t worry, you can still listen to our review. Just download the audio.)

Have you seen the movie? Leave a comment with YOUR review! How do you think it compared to the book?

PS – Here are links to the awesome fansite and Wendelin van Draanen’s blog, which we mention in our review. Check ’em out!

Ramona and Beezus Movie Review

August 1st, 2010 by

“Who could love a girl named Beezus?” Selena Gomez poses this question in the movie Ramona and Beezus, which opened last weekend. And here’s our answer: WE could — and we do!

Both Karen and Nancy left the theater with huge grins on their faces, and much love for both Quimby sisters — but especially Joey King as the irrepressible Ramona. Why? Well, you’ll have to tune into our video review to find out:

(PS – If you’re like Ramona and would rather use your imagination, feel free to skip the visuals and download the audio.)

Have you seen the movie? Leave a comment with YOUR review! How do you think it compared to the books?

How to Train Your Dragon Movie Review

April 4th, 2010 by

Up, up, and away!

If only we had wings, then both of us here at Kidsmomo would be soaring sky-high and doing crazy loop-de-loops right now.

Why? Because we LOVED the new movie How to Train Your Dragon, based on the book by Cressida Cowell.

Check out our video review of the film:

(Some of those dragons sure are ghastly. If you’d prefer not to lay eyes on the beasts, just download the audio of our review!)

Have you seen the movie or read the book? Leave a comment with YOUR review of How to Train Your Dragon!

Fun with a Fantastic Fox

December 1st, 2009 by

Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean.
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were nonetheless equally mean.

The new movie version of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox starts with these song lyrics — and so does our video review of the film.

So tune in to hear our rendition of this ditty and, of course, our opinions of the movie:

Where the Wild Things Are Movie Review

October 24th, 2009 by

yawn! or, rawr! (take your pick)

yawn! or, rawr! (take your pick)

Do you have a Wild Thing inside of you?

Check out our review of the Where the Wild Things Are movie, which was adapted from Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book. The gist of our review: very pretty, but :|. Yeah, you know you want MO Kidsmomo! Check out the video:

On the go but need your Kidsmomo? Download the audio! (But make sure to come back to check out our Wild Things drawings!)

Have you seen the movie? Leave YOUR review of Where The Wild Things Are in the comments!

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