Shawn Mendes’ Lyle, Lyle Crocodile soundtrack contributions revealed

Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and more feature on the soundtrack to the upcoming animated film, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile! Mendes, as the voice of the titular character, also announced that next Friday (September 30) he will be sharing one of the original tracks he wrote for the set entitled “Heartbeat.”

He is featured on eight tracks on the roster and is also joined by co-stars Constance Wu and Javier Bardem, and Anthony Ramos. The full soundtrack will be available to stream on October 7th, the same day as the film’s official premiere.

Based on the 1965 children’s book by Bernard Waber, the film, starring Will Speck and Josh Gordon, follows Lyle the Crocodile as he rides through New York. After the Primm family moves into their home on 88th Street, Mrs. Primm, played by Wu, is shocked to find the singing crocodile in her bathtub. Eventually, the crocodile befriends her 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 composers behind The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land.

Speaking to People for the film’s announcement in late June, Mendes explained that he felt “really comfortable” playing Lyle because the crocodile sings exclusively throughout the film.

“I was able to do what I do best and I understand his story and character so much that it felt natural,” he said. “When I was asked to help with the music for the adaptation of such a classic book, it was a no-brainer and such a fun departure from what I’m used to.” Shawn Mendes’ Lyle, Lyle Crocodile soundtrack contributions revealed

Charles Jones

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