Bernard Waber’s iconic reptile Lyle the Crocodile is taking center stage, arriving in theaters across the country on October 7.

Originally released in 1962, Lyle the Crocodile first appeared in Waber’s The House on East 88th Street as the loveable crocodile performer that the new residents, the Primm family, grow to love. In 1965, Waber published Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, placing Lyle at the forefront of the book as he has comedic adventures with different members of the Primm family. Soon after, Lyle became the star of the series, with a total of 10 books at the end of the Lyle the Crocodile series in 2012.

Waber’s beloved titular character first appeared on screen in 1987, adapted into a musical film for HBO. For this new adaptation released by Sony, directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon take the reins. The live-action and animated musical film touts such stars as Javier Bardem and Constance Wu, with pop star Shawn Mendes voicing Lyle the Crocodile. Songwriting team for projects such as The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the original soundtrack for the film.

On October 2, the film’s stars appeared for the world premiere in New York City. Lyle Lyle, Crocodile is now available for viewing in select theaters. To learn more about the film, click here.