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Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (2022)

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is a 2021 American independent[4][5][6][7] live-action/stop-motion animated mockumentary comedy-drama film directed by Dean Fleischer Camp (in his feature directorial debut), with a screenplay by Fleischer Camp, Jenny Slate and Nick Paley from a story by Fleischer Camp, Slate, Paley and Elisabeth Holm. It is based on and serves both as a direct stand-alone sequel and prequel to the series of shorts of the same name written by Slate and Fleischer Camp. Slate reprises her voice role as Marcel, an anthropomorphic shell living with his grandmother Connie. Fleischer Camp, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann, Lesley Stahl, and Isabella Rossellini also star. The film follows Marcel, a shell who lives with his grandmother, Connie, after posting a short film online bringing Marcel millions of passionate fans and a new hope of reuniting with his long-lost family.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2022)

Following the end of his marriage, documentary filmmaker Dean moves into an Airbnb and discovers Marcel, a one-inch-tall talking shell living in the home with his grandmother, Nana Connie, and Alan, his pet ball of lint.

After Dean uploads his first video about Marcel to YouTube, it quickly becomes a cultural phenomenon. Marcel is both flattered and overwhelmed with his newfound popularity, lamenting that his family is not around to celebrate it with him. Marcel explains to Dean that there used to be an entire community of shells on the property, including Marcel's mother, father, brother, and aunt. The shells would take shelter in a sock drawer when the house's previous owners, Mark and Larissa, started knocking objects over while fighting.

Following one fight, Mark accidentally packs the shells into his suitcase while moving out, leaving Marcel and Connie as the only ones left on the property. Dean helps Marcel produce a livestream on the internet asking for help in locating his family. The livestream gains a substantial number of viewers, but after Marcel shares his location with viewers, the house becomes a popular area for influencers. Marcel becomes dismayed after realizing most of the people who saw his videos are fans, desperate to be associated with him but largely uninterested in helping him.

60 Minutes calls Dean requesting additional filming after making new discoveries regarding the whereabouts of Larissa. The segment airs, showing that they were able to locate Larissa in Guatemala. Larissa then brings the 60 Minutes crew to Mark's house, where she and Mark get into an argument. Marcel urges Dean and the crew to check in Mark's sock drawer, where the entire shell community is discovered. They reunite in the Airbnb with Marcel, who is able to give Connie a proper funeral. Dean moves into his new apartment and begins dating again. Reunited with his family, Marcel confides to Dean that he often finds himself going to the Laundry Room window alone, and feeling the wind blow through his shell. Marcel shows Dean the sound it produces, remarking on its beauty as he stares out the window.

Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family. A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.

In 2010, out of boredom at a wedding, comedian/writer Jenny Slate created Marcel the Shell alongside her friend and director Dean Fleischer Camp. With an endearing, distinctive voice and Chaplin-esque shoes, the one-inch-tall shell took YouTube by storm, earning millions of fans of all ages around the globe, leading to two online shorts and a New York Times bestselling book.

The adorable little guy, voiced by Slate, now makes his way to the big screen in a live action, stop-motion feature film. Marcel carves out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie (Isabella Rossellini), and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of an eccentric community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. However, when a documentary filmmaker (played by Fleischer Camp) discovers them, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope of finding his long-lost family.

Parents need to know that Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is a sweet, poignant live-action/animated mockumentary based on the popular short films about a one-inch-tall anthropomorphic shell named Marcel (voiced by Jenny Slate) that gained popularity on YouTube in the early 2010s. The story follows Marcel's quest to find his long-lost family with the help of a human filmmaker. Characters deal with loss and express their grief; the shells face everyday perils like animals, heights, and feet; and Marcel packs weapons (a nail and a match) when heading out into the world. But overall this is a very mild, gentle film with strong messages about the importance of family, doing the right thing even when it's hard, and the transformative power of friendship. Language is limited to rare exclamations like "dang it" and "oh my God," there's a kissing reference, and a cork pops during a celebration. While the content is appropriate even for young elementary schoolers, the film's intentionally calm pace and focus on talk over action make it a better fit for tweens and up.

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON tells the story of a tiny anthropomorphic shell named Marcel (voiced by Jenny Slate) who lives with his grandmother, Nana Connie (Isabella Rossellini), in a suburban house used as an Airbnb. It's been just the two of them since their large shell family mysteriously disappeared two years before. As Marcel gets to know documentary filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp, who's staying in the house while dealing with his own personal drama, the little shell inspires Fleischer-Camp to post videos to YouTube of Marcel going about his everyday life. A fandom is spawned, and eventually Marcel's story reaches the ears of those who might actually be able to help him figure out what happened to his family.

Sweet, poignant, and funny -- but also intentionally calm and thoughtful -- this movie about a tiny shell's unique perspective on life will have you looking at your own surroundings in new ways. Based on a popular series of YouTube videos from the early 2010s, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is a stop-motion labor of love that took more than six years for Slate and Fleischer-Camp to make. And while fans of the original videos will appreciate the callbacks to jokes about things like Marcel using toenails for skis, there's so much more in this longer version of Marcel's story. The care that clearly went into creating Marcel and his world is evident in every scene, from his tiny honey footprints on the walls (the honey helps him stick) to the elaborate systems he sets up to gather food and move around his house.

For those seeking a quick injection of heart and whimsy into their lives, "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" is now available to watch from the comfort of your own home. With the movie having been one of the surprise hits of summer 2022, people are going to want to get their hands on the movie fast. Whether you want to rewatch the movie or are looking to have your first encounter with America's favorite shell, we have you covered.

At this time, there are no publicly announced plans to put "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" on any digital streaming services. These things are always changing, however, and it would surely be a mistake for the likes of Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, or one of the other big streamers not to jump on board with the shelled sensation that's sweeping the nation.

Violence: A shell is injured off-screen and seen with a cracked shell. A shell dies off-screen and is buried. Sexual Content: None.Profanity: There are occasional uses of terms of deity.Alcohol / Drug Use: There is a brief reference to marijuana in an internet comment.

When he set out to adapt his series of beloved short films about a shell named Marcel that he created with Jenny Slate, Dean Fleischer Camp was concerned about losing what made them special. Namely, a thing he calls "kind of inherently broken and skee-jawed" about stop-motion animation.

"We didn't want to use miniatures," Lepore explains. "We're basically going out, collecting all these things, and then laying them out on a table and saying, 'How can we make this into something else?' Putting on a Marcel thinking hat, what would he use to do this?'" Some examples that the art department came up with include chairs made from Champagne corks, and a little pistachio-shell cap and backpack (made from a match, a pin, and an eraser cap) that Marcel wears.

One detail that Lepore loves about Marcel himself is the subtlety in his eye movements. "You don't really have much else to work with," the animator explains. "You've got shoes. You've got an eyeball. That's all you have. So just the subtle, tiny, little increments that we got with those eyeballs, I'm really proud of." To pull it off, the art team had to cut a bunch of googly eyes open and then glue the black pupil in a certain spot: some were glued to the side, some to the center, depending on where they needed Marcel to look. 041b061a72


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