I had to the opportunity to chat with the cast and director of Netflix’s newly animated film ARLO THE ALLIGATOR BOY. Starting Michael J. Woodard (“Arlo,” former contestant on Season 16 of American Idol), Mary Lambert (“Bertie,” Grammy-nominated for her collaboration on “Same Love” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) and Ryan Crego (director & EP, story artist on Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda 2 and more). Here some highlights from the interview.
One of my favorite moments during the interview was when Michael Woodard spoke about seeing himself as an animated character. “To see myself as an animated character it was awesome I was proud of myself.” He lit up on the screen and his smile warmed my heart.
I was inspired when Ryan Creugo shared that eleven years ago he was told “no” when he first pitched Arlo the Alligator Boy as an independent film. Thanks to his wife she encouraged him not to give up. I loved the movie and I can’t wait to see the series.
Also during the roundtable interview the cast shared how it felt to be apart of the film “I’m glad to be apart of the something that can touch others and encourage those that can relate I wish I had something like this growing up.” Hands down I agree because growing if you didn’t fit in you we’re bullied or left out.
Take sometime this weekend and enjoy Arlo the Alligator Boy with your family on Netflix. With all that’s happening around us the movie release was timed perfectly. Arlo the Alligator Boy delivers the reality of beauty in bizarre and celebrates it’s to be different.
Upon learning that he is from New York City, Arlo, a wide-eyed boy who is half human and half alligator, decides to leave his sheltered life in the swamp and search for his long lost father. The animated musical movie, Arlo the Alligator Boy, will launch Arlo’s journey as he meets a group of misfits who quickly become his new family. Once Arlo’s adventure lands him in New York City, the series, I ❤️️ Arlo, will kick off as he and his newfound crew set up shop in an abandoned seaside neighborhood and help bring it back to life.