Marcel the Shell helps us 'find empathy and be vulnerable'
More than a decade ago, a stop-animated minuscule shell first appeared on YouTube with a simple and endearing message.
“My name is Marcel and I’m partially a shell as you can see on my body but I also have shoes and umm a face,” Marcel spoke to the camera.
Marcel is voiced by actor and comedian Jenny Slate, known for her recurring roles on “Parks and Recreation” and “Bob’s Burgers,” and her multiple stand-up specials.
“I think we are all rather small for the large amount of feelings that are inside of us,” Slate explained during our interview. “Of course [Marcel] has this experience and whole galaxy of emotions inside of him, there’s never one feeling happening for us at once.”
Dean Fleisher-Camp co-created Marcel and plays the amateur documentarian capturing Marcel’s life.
The film takes viewers on a journey with Marcel and his grandmother, Nana Connie, as he attempts to find family, navigate internet fame, and overcome tragedy.
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