Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and more are on the soundtrack for the upcoming animated movie “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile!” Mendes, as the voice of the titular character, also revealed that he will be sharing one of the original tracks he wrote for the set, titled “Heartbeat,” next Friday (September 30).
He is credited on eight tracks on the list and is also joined by co-stars Constance Wu and Javier Bardem, as well as Anthony Ramos. The full soundtrack will be available to stream on October 7, the same day as the film’s official premiere.
Based on Bernard Waber’s 1965 children’s book, the Will Speck and Josh Gordon film follows Lyle the crocodile as he sails through New York. After the Primm family moves into their 88th Street home, Mrs. Primm, played by Wu, is shocked to find the singing crocodile in her bathtub. Eventually, the croc befriends his son Josh (Winslow Fegley) and his owner Héctor P. Valenti, played by Bardem.
In the trailer, Mendes can be heard singing an original song by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the acclaimed and award-winning songwriters behind “The Greatest Showman,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land.”
For the movie’s announcement in late June, Mendes spoke to People and explained that he felt “really comfortable” performing Lyle’s voice because the crocodile sings exclusively throughout the film.
“I was able to do what I do best, and I identify so much with his story and his character that it felt natural,” he said. “When I was approached to help do the music for the adaptation of such a classic book, it was a no-brainer and such a fun change from what I’m used to.”