Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Directed byDean Fleischer-Camp
Produced byDean Fleischer-Camp
Written byJenny Slate
Dean Fleischer-Camp
StarringJenny Slate
Release date
  • August 16, 2010 (2010-08-16) (Online)
Running time
3 minutes
CountryUnited States

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is a stop-motion animated short film about Marcel, an anthropomorphic seashell outfitted with a single googly eye and a pair of miniature shoes. It is a collaboration between director Dean Fleischer-Camp and writer/actress Jenny Slate.[2][3]

The film premiered theatrically at AFI FEST 2010, where it was awarded Best Animated Short[4] and was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.[5] It won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the New York International Children's Film Festival.[6]


The concept of the film is that Marcel is being interviewed in his home by a documentary filmmaker. Responding to off-camera questions, Marcel speaks about his activities, hobbies, hopes, and disappointments.[7] The film is edited to resemble rough cut footage.


A sequel, "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two", was posted to YouTube on 14 November 2011.[8] The third installation, "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Three", was posted to YouTube on 20 October 2014.[9] The sequels were accompanied by two tie-in storybooks featuring Marcel.[10] Slate and Fleischer-Camp announced in 2014 that they planned to create a longer film about the character in the future.[11]


  • Marcel - A cute and friendly shell.
  • Documentarian - An anonymous filmmaker, heard interjecting occasionally to prompt Marcel. According to Marcel, "the community" has given him the nickname "Windy".[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Dean Fleischer-Camp / director / editor". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "Exclusive: 'SNL' star Jenny Slate chats about 'Marcel the Shell'". Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  3. ^ "Jenny Slate on 'Bored to Death,' 'Marcel the Shell,' and Life After 'SNL'". Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  4. ^ "AFI FEST: Audience and Jury Awards announced". Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  5. ^ Willmore, Alison (2013-10-23). "Jenny Slate Talks Plans for a 'Marcel the Shell' Feature, Living in Los Angeles and Playing Mean Girls on TV in 'Hello Ladies'". IndieWire. Penske Media Corporation.
  6. ^ Strike, Joe (2011-04-05). "Review: 2011 The New York International Children's Film Festival". Animation World Network.
  7. ^ "A (Mostly) Clean Slate - Page - Interview Magazine". Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  8. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (2011-11-15). "'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two' Jenny Slate's latest adorable short film". Rolling Stone.
  9. ^ Barness, Sarah (2014-10-20). "'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On' Is Back, and He's Got Allergies". The Huffington Post. AOL.
  10. ^ Dean Fleischer-Camp; Jenny Slate (2014-10-21). The Most Surprised I've Ever Been. Penguin Group USA. ISBN 978-1-59514-456-0.
  11. ^ Wickman, Kase (2014-06-24). "Yes, There's Going To Be A 'Marcel The Shell' Movie. And It Will Have Songs In It". MTV News. Viacom.

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