17 July 2023
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022)
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile centres on a young boy named Josh (Winslow Fegley from Timmy Failure), who struggles to adjust and make friends after his family moves to New York City. All of that changes when he discovers Lyle – a singing crocodile (voiced by Grammy-nominated pop star Shawn Mendes) who loves baths, caviar and great music, and his charismatic owner, Hector P. Valenti, played by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (Dune’s Stilgar and the voice of The Little Mermaid’s King Triton).
Based on the best-selling children’s story by Bernard Waber, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is written by Annie Award winner Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon, Puss in Boots), with original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the Oscar-winning duo behind The Greatest Showman, La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen), and performed by Shawn Mendes, Javier Bardem, and Critics Choice nominee Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians).
Recommending the film for ages 6+, Common Sense Media sums up the movie as, “a story about found family and finding your joy, even when things seem overwhelming,” while RogerEbert.com calls it, “A warm-hearted family film with great musical numbers that will make another generation of kids hopefully search the attic on the chance that they might find a singing crocodile.”
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