I've always felt that a crocodile, basking in the sun, would appreciate a gentle stroke on the muzzle; they like to be hand fed. The Old Crocodile (2005) is a darkly humorous piece that explores the psyche of an ancient crocodile that has lived since the Pharaohs and now is unable to catch its own fish. Therefore he helps himself to a tasty great grandson much to the chagrin of his family who ostracise him after a failed tasting session themselves. The old croc has to move himself away to the ocean where he meets a very friendly, indeed faithful, female octopus and the two go off in search of adventures. Sadly, despite her protestations, the twelve legged girl is unable to count to twelve and won't miss the odd leg or two or three. Strangely the dissolution of the friendship is oddly quite affecting. A more cared for future in his old age awaits however though a change of colour helps. Koji Yamamura is at his masterful best, the English version owing much to the voice of Peter Barakan who has just the right ironic nuances in his voice to do justice to a simply drawn, black and white animation that is a delight throughout. Somehow the movie gets to the heart of a crocodile. I'm sure they don't mean to do bad things.