Night Buddies fans have two big questions about Crosley:

  1. Why is Crosley red?
  2. Why does he do the Black Bottom dance? (And by the way, what is the Black Bottom dance?)

We consulted the official Night Buddies archives, stored in Crenwinkle’s file cabinet at Night Buddies headquarters. Turns out, author Sands Hetherington explained why Crosley is red back in 2014.

“My six-year-old son John invented the red crocodile named Crosley, and I had to explain why Crosley was red. You can’t just drop a red croc into a story without explaining, right? So it was something I had to figure out before I could start writing the Night Buddies adventures. At some point, it occurred to me that Crosley was red because he was allergic to water! Well, sort of. If he got a fair amount of water on him, he would break out doing the Black Bottom dance and couldn’t stop for hours. That is unless he took the antidote pills his brother Crenwinkle made for him. These pills stopped him from doing the Black Bottom okay, but they turned him red at the same time! It’s a well-known side-effect you can get from Black Bottom pills, at least in the Night Buddies stories.”

So the Black Bottom antidote pills turned Crosely from crocodile green to red, which is why he sometimes breaks out doing the Black Bottom dance. It’s all because of water! But what is the Black Bottom dance?

The Black Bottom is a real dance, not something Crosley invented! It was popular during the Jazz Age in the 1920s. It can be danced alone or with a partner. The dance originated in New Orleans and was named after a neighborhood in Detroit. It was popular at the same time as the Charleston.

Want to learn to dance like Crosley? Watch this short YouTube video to learn the basic steps of the Black Bottom dance.