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Starring: Jenny Slate, Isabella Rossellini, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann, Lesley Stahl, Dean Fleischer-Camp
A24’s live-action animated comedy directed and co-written by Dean Fleischer-Camp. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2022) follows Marcell (Jenny Slate), a one inch tall shell, who lives with his grandmother, Connie (Isabella Rossellini), and their pet lint, Alan. After a documentary filmmaker, Dean (Dean Fleischer-Camp), discovers them, Marcel decides to search for his family.
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Dean: Alright. So, I’m making like a little documentary.
Marcel: Oh, it’s like a movie, but nobody has any lines, and nobody even knows what it is while they’re making it? No?
Dean: Tell me about what’s life like?
Marcel: It’s pretty much common knowledge that it takes at least twenty shells to have a community. My cousin fell asleep in a pocket, and that’s why I don’t like the saying
“everything comes out of the wash”. Because sometimes it doesn’t. Or sometimes it does, and they’re just like a completely different person.
Marcel: So it’s actually only two of us now. Myself and my grandmother, Nana Connie. We like to watch 60 Minutes because Lesley Stahl is fearless. Nana make the noise.
Connie: Tik, tik, tik, tik, tik, tik, tik…
Marcel: [referring to the dog] He has got to go. Not that I don’t like Arthur.
Connie: Stop that!
Marcel: No. Oh, my God! No! No!
Dean: Arthur! Arthur!
Marcel: Sometimes I find my mind wandering. Thinking, what would my family think? Do you think they could be out there?
Connie: Marcello, let’s forget about being afraid. Just take the adventure.
Marcel: Okay then. Let’s do it.
Marcel: Hi, everybody. It’s Marcel. I’m recording this video because I’m looking for my family.
Lesley Stahl: Marcel the Shell in the search for a family, reunited. Marcel, how long has it been since you’ve seen your family?
Marcel: I couldn’t tell you, but a space in my heart gets bigger and louder everyday.
Lesley Stahl: Dean do you know how long?
Dean: That’s two years.
Lesley Stahl: Two years?
Marcel: Oh, that’s nice to know.
Marcel: There’s so many places that they could be.
Connie: You are beautiful.
Marcel: There must be so many others like me.