“Marcel the Shell” will have its own feature film and here we tell you why you should see it
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If you haven’t met him yet, you’ve missed one of the cutest characters in stop-motion animation history. His name is Marcel the shell and it was created by Dean FleischerCamp in 2010. His first short film, Marcel the shod shell , introduces us to a little hermit crab who pokes his huge eyes out from deep inside his pussy and wears pink tennis shoes while being interviewed by a documentary filmmaker. The documentarian never appears on screen and we only hear his voice as he talks with the singular character. Marcel gradually begins to reveal what his life is like and a few questions and answers are enough to win the viewer’s heart. Her voice (by the actress Jenny Slate ) is perfect and his answers are witty and full of the melancholy generated by seeing this helpless being brave the world.
The first short film was created at AFI-Festival festival on August 16, 2010, where it received the prize for best animated short. It also won Jury and Audience Awards at the New York International Children’s Film Festival. In October of the same year, it was uploaded to the official Fleischer-Camp channel on YouTube, where it was over 32 million views . On November 14, 2011, the director uploaded the sequel to YouTube and in October 2014, he posted the third part, all following the same format and achieving 11 and 4 million views respectively.
Little Marcel reminds us that the key to existence is being able to find magic every day, even if the wind blows against us and the world seems like a huge and dangerous place.
Now, more than a decade after its first appearance, Marcel gets his own feature film . The production company A24 acquired the rights to the character to produce the film which will show Marcel embarking on an adventure to find his lost family. The film took over six years to produce and was screened at Telluride Film Festival 2021 in September, wowing the public.
Fleischer-Camp posted on his Instagram account: “This is the hardest I’ve ever worked on. It took over 6 years of tenacity and teamwork, but here we are. I couldn’t be more proud or excited to share this film with the world, which perhaps needs it now more than we could have imagined…”
His words remind what it takes to build any type of project : time, effort, money, patience and strength to move forward when things don’t go as planned. And in that sense, filmmakers aren’t that different from entrepreneurs, are they? Little Marcel reminds us that the key to existence is being able to find magic every day, even if the wind blows against us and the world seems like a huge and dangerous place.
In addition to the movies, Marcel has two children’s books and it wouldn’t be strange to start seeing the character on t-shirts, stuffed animals, cases and mugs. It’s just lovely. Sean Fleischer-Camp directed other films like the documentary Fraud (2016) and the web series David (2016).
The feature film Marcel le Coquillage With On will be released on June 24 in the USA
Here you can see the original 2010 short and the movie trailer.