‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ follows a crocodile named Lyle and his family. Lyle loves helping the Primm family with everyday chores and playing with the neighbourhood kids, but one neighbour, Mr Grumps, believes he belongs in a zoo.
Lyle attempts to prove that he is not as bad as Mr Grumps makes him out to be. He tries everything to win him and his cat, Loretta, over, but nothing works. It becomes clear to Lyle that in order to reveal the hero and friend behind his crocodile smile, he will need to pull all the stops.
Javier Bardem and Winslow Fegley were cast in July, followed by Constance Wu. The Guardian praises the film as ‘lip-smackingly good fun with the CGI singing croc.’ Cath Clarke singles out Bardem in particular, playing a wacky entertainer called Hector P Valenti. Hector discovers cute baby crocodile Lyle singing in a pet shop. Spotting the showbiz potential of a musical croc, Hector sees the possibility of a novel musical crocodile, and trains him to become a performer, singing specially written songs for the film by Benj Pasek and Justin Pau, the songwriting team behind ‘La La Land’.
“The film’s good-natured warmth wins the day,” Clarke concludes. Little White Lies says that the film is a harmless movie which will cheer up young people. “Unlike Lyle, this film will likely not change lives, but it’s a charming diversion and a perfect play-date filler for young’uns during the holidays,” Little White Lies’ David Jenkins writes.
The Times agrees that Javier Bardem is a highlight of the film, but dismisses the musical as ‘saccharine.’ ”He seems to have escaped from a quirky Coen brothers comedy and certainly boasts a haircut as ridiculous as the bob from No Country for Old Men,” Kevin Maher writes. “He appears to be having lots of fun. Good that someone was.”
‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ is out in cinemas now.