Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile: Release Date, Cast, And More

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Adaptations of children's books are having a big moment, with the recent announcement of "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" and the upcoming Netflix adaptation of the Broadway musical based on Roald Dahl's "Matilda." Next year will also bring a film version of the popular children's book, "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile." Utilizing what will likely channel a similar live-action/animation hybrid style used in films like the "Paddington" series and "Clifford the Big Red Dog," here's everything you need to know for next year's release of "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile."

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Release Date and Where to Watch It

This isn't the first time "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile" has been given the cinematic treatment, having been turned into a Storybook Musical for HBO in 1987. The new live-action/animation hybrid film was originally scheduled to debut on July 22, 2022, but "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile" will be theatrically released by Sony Pictures Releasing on November 18, 2022.

What is Lyle, Lyle Crocodile About?

An adaption of the revered children's story from 1965 of the same name by Bernard Waber, "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile" centers on the titular reptile who lives on East 88th Street in New York City. Helping the Primm family with daily chores and making friends with the kids in the neighborhood, Lyle just might be the happiest crocodile in the whole world. Everything seems to be going great with the Primm family until one of their neighbors, Mr. Grumps, decides that Lyle would be best kept in a zoo. Mr. Grumps and his cat Loretta greatly dislike Lyle and all crocodiles for that matter, and every attempt Lyle makes to try and win them over doesn't go according to plan. It will take all of Lyle's might and courage to prove to Mr. Grumps that behind that crocodile smile is a friend. Don't worry, you can "awww" anytime now.

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile Cast

While specific cast assignments have yet to be announced, "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile" has a solid voice cast featuring Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men," "Skyfall," "mother!," "Dune") Winslow Fegley ("Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made," "Nightbooks," "8-Bit Christmas"), Constance Wu ("Crazy Rich Asians," "Fresh Off The Boat," "The Lego Ninjago Movie," "Wish Dragon"), Lyric Hurd ("Roxanne Roxanne," "Secrets") and Brett Gelman ("Fleabag" "Married," "Eagleheart," "Stranger Things"). It's safe to assume that the children cast will be playing child roles, but then again, one of them may be voicing Lyle. Our hope is that Lyle is voiced by Bardem, but he'd make a fantastic Mr. Grumps.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Director, Writer, And More

"Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile" is being directed by frequent collaborators Will Speck and Josh Gordon ("Blades of Glory," "The Switch," "Office Christmas Party") with a screenplay by William Davies ("Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot," "Johnny English," "How To Train Your Dragon," "Puss in Boots").

Speck and Gordon are also producing alongside Hutch Parker. Executive producing is Dan Wilson for Hutch Parker Entertainment and Kevin K. Vafi for Speck & Gordon. Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, the Oscar-winning songwriting team behind the music of "The Greatest Showman," "La La Land," "Dear Evan Hansen," are writing original songs for the film in addition to executive producing. Ari Afsar, Emily Gardner Xu Hall and Mark Sonnenblick will be writing alongside Pasek and Paul. Brittany Morrissey is overseeing the project for Sony Pictures.