Among the latest fall movies to hit theaters is Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, a sweet family-friendly musical about a crocodile who finds an unexpected home in New York City. Canadian singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes is the voice behind Lyle, but as you’ll find when you see the movie, Lyle communicates only through song. This begs the question: why doesn’t he talk?
When CinemaBlend spoke to Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon, the filmmakers shared their reasoning behind the decision. In Speck’s words:
Early in the adaptation of the beloved children’s book, Lyle has a gift of song and is noticed by Javier Bardem’s Hector P. Valenti in the back of a pet shop. Upon recognizing his talent, Hector brings Lyle home and puts together a show they’ll play together. The movie shows that Lyle’s upbringing is full of song, and as the directors pointed out, Lyle being given a music player plays into him expressing himself mainly through song.
Lyle is a rather shy character in the movie, or as the directors also have called him, a “gentle genius.” Thus, the CGI croc was given a lot of melody and no words to say. It’s certainly a unique choice that sets Lyle apart from other family-friendly characters. And as Speck told us, the fact that Lyle is a great listener was a big part of their justification for Lyle being nearly mute.
Will Speck and Josh Gordon have been longtime collaborators that previously made Blades of Glory, The Switch and Office Christmas Party together. As Gordon also told CinemaBlend, when they were first getting started, they made a short film together where the characters didn’t talk either, and audiences had to fill in the words.
In Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Lyle’s gift for song and ability to pay attention and observe the Primm family allows him to become a valuable part of the family. Do audiences like this decision, though? Ahead of Lyle’s release, the movie has received mixed to reviews from critics overall, with CinemaBlend’s Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile review awarding the film a 2 out of 5.
The movie also stars Constance Wu, Winslow Fegley and Brett Gelman. It's now open in theaters alongside David O. Russell’s Amsterdam.
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