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It’s okay to smile at new movie Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Friendships can come from the most unexpected places is the theme of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, a live-action/CGI family comedy adventure landing in cinemas on Boxing Day in Australia.

The movie stars Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem, Constance Wu and Shawn Mendes and is based on the best-selling book series by Bernard Waber.

When the Primm family (Constance Wu, Scoot McNairy, Winslow Fegley) moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt to his new school and new friends.

But all of that changes when he discovers Lyle – a singing crocodile (voiced by Mendes) who loves baths, caviar and great music – living in the attic of his new home.

The two become fast friends, but when Lyle’s existence is threatened by evil neighbour Mr Grumps (Brett Gelman), the Primms must band together with Lyle’s charismatic owner, Hector P Valenti (Bardem), to show the world that family can come from the most unexpected places and there’s nothing wrong with a big singing crocodile with an even bigger personality.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile features original songs performed by Shawn Mendes, Javier Bardem, and Constance Wu, written by the songwriting team behind The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Shawn Mendes at the Premiere of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile in New York (Image: Marion Curtis / StarPix for Sony)
Shawn Mendes at the Premiere of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile in New York (Image: Marion Curtis / StarPix for Sony)