From the studio that brought you “Hereditary” and “Midsommar” comes a movie about a small talking shell… who wears shoes.
In 2010, one brave little shell took the internet by storm. His name was Marcel, he was one inch tall, and he wore shoes.
Good news, shellheads: 12 years later, Marcel is back, and his journey is coming to the big screen. Jenny Slate is reprising her role as Marcel in the upcoming A24 movie Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, which has a new trailer out now, and a theatrical release slated for June 24.
The comedy is based on Dean Fleischer-Camp and Slate’s viral shorts of the same name, which have garnered more than 50 million YouTube views since their 2010 debut, also spurring the creation of two New York Times bestselling childrens’ books. It centers on Marcel (Slate), an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie (Isabella Rossellini) 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.
Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann and Lesley Stahl also star in the film, which made its world premiere at Telluride last fall and recently screened at SXSW. Camp directed from a script he wrote with Slate and Nick Paley, which was based on a story he penned with Slate, Paley and Elisabeth Holm. Camp, Slate and Holm produced alongside Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan, Paul Mezey and Terry Leonard, with Philipp Engelhorn, William Byerley, Nion McEvoy, George Rush and Michael Raisler exec producing. Kirsten Lepore served as animation director for the Cinereach Production, made in association with Chiodo Bros. Productions, with Stephen Chiodo serving as supervising animation director, and Edward Chiodo serving as animation producer.
Like I have always said, A24 don’t always produce great films, but they do without a doubt always produce some of the most unique films you will ever see.