INTERVIEW: ARLO THE ALLIGATOR BOY - A Quirky Musical with a Giant Heart!
September 16, 2021

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by Dianna Ranere

INTERVIEW: ARLO THE ALLIGATOR BOY – A Quirky Musical with a Giant Heart!

I had the pleasure of participating in a virtual roundtable for Netflix’s animated film ARLO THE ALLIGATOR BOY with 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).



What is Arlo The Alligator Boy you might be asking yourself? You are probably thinking that it surely must be the fever dream of director Ryan Crego, and I say fever dream in a good way. This film is quirky, has fantastical characters, catchy songs (it’s also a musical), and more than anything, it has heart.

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Ryan has held this project close to his heart for over 10 years. Arlo actually began as a sketch when he was a story artist and after doodling him all over, he just fell in love with him. He put a pitch together, but to his own admission, it wasn’t that great and he got turned down a lot so he shelved it until he started pitching ideas to his wife years later. She then encouraged him to work on Arlo The Alligator Boy because she could see his passion for it.

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When Arlo, a wide-eyed boy who is half human and half alligator, learns that he is from New York City, he decides to leave his sheltered life in the swamp and search for his long-lost father.  As Arlo ventures off 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.

The main takeaway from this movie is diversity and inclusivity and finding where you belong. Arlo makes some really great friends, and each one of them is unique in their own special ways. Ryan touched on this and explained that he wanted to have a platform for people who felt different or strange. He wanted the characters to have their stories told. Michael added that he didn’t know how much of a social impact that it would have on young children. He went to say that because of the beautiful diverseness of the characters, people will be able to relate to at least one of them and that it’s okay to be different and unique.

Being yourself is okay…….Michale J. Woodward

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Mary explained how she felt a lot like Bertie feeling different most of her life, and when she read the character of Bertie, she really felt connected to her and to the story of finding your own unique home.


There is a real sense of home, and home being wherever you are with the people you love…. Mary Lambert


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Friendship is another strong point in this film, Arlo is on a personal quest and although he and his newfound friends are all very different, they all band together to support him no matter what. In case you were wondering, this is a wonderful film for kids, the animation is eye-catching, the characters are just so fun, and the music is catchy, and the message is beautiful.

As I stated, the movie is a musical, and the songs are fabulous. I asked Michael and Mary what their favorite songs were and Michael said that he just loved them all but really loved “Beyond These Walls,” “Follow Me Home,” “Beautiful Together,” and “Wash The Hurt Away.” Mary loved the pivotal song “Follow Me Home.”

The Arlo the Alligator Soundtrack is available now.

  1. More More More – by Michael J. Woodard 2:13
  2. Happy Birthday To Ya – by Annie Potts & Michael J. Woodard 0:44 
  3. Beyond These Walls – by Michael J. Woodard 2:26
  4. More More More (Reprise) – by Michael J. Woodard 0:25 
  5. Follow Me Home (Intro) –  by Michael J. Woodard 0:22
  6. Follow Me Home – by Mary Lambert & Michael J. Woodard 3:33
  7. New York, My Home – by Ryan Crego 0:44
  8. Right There With You – by Rudi Alizah Gutierrez 2:09 
  9. Better Life – by Vincent Rodriguez III 2:48 
  10. The Collage Of Broken Dreams – by Michael J. Woodard 1:38 
  11. Wash The Hurt Away – by Michael J. Woodard 2:12
  12. Something’s Missing – by Michael J. Woodard & Vincent Rodriguez III 2:55
  13. Beautiful Together – by Mary Lambert & Michael J. Woodard 2:41
  14. Arlo’s Journey (Score Suite) – by Berlin-Babelsberg & Das Filmorchester


Along with Michael J. Woodard as Arlo, and Mary Lambert as the voice of Bertie, the star-studded cast includes Annie Potts as the voice of Edmée, Tony Hale as the voice of Teeny Tiny Tony, Jonathan Van Ness as the voice of Furlecia,  Haley Tju as the voice of Alia, Brett Gelman as the voice of Marcellus, Vincent Rodriguez III as the voice of Ansel Beauregard, Jennifer Coolidge as the voice of Stucky, and Flea as the voice of Ruff.

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