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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021)Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021)

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021)

A small film with grand, important ideas about life, love, and family

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Kids

best
THE VERY BEST

8.9

movie

United States of America
English
Dramatic, Easy, Emotional
2021
Dean Fleischer-Camp
Andy Richter, Dean Fleischer-Camp, Isabella Rossellini
90 min

Synopsis

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Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie 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.

Our Take

8.9
The Staff

There’s a lot of good to be found in the charming, poignant, and endlessly quotable Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. It follows a documentarian named Dean, who has as his subject the one-inch talking shell that is Marcel. Marcel looks after an empty house along with his grandma Connie, and together they run a delightfully intricate system subsisting on electric mixers, tennis balls, and the occasional human hair.

Despite his small size, Marcel unwittingly makes big observations about life and the world around him, often moving Dean (and this writer) close to tears. It’s a simple film with a grand message, with lots to say about the importance of participating in life as opposed to merely observing it. But ultimately this is a movie with a precocious talking shell at the heart of it all, so really, what’s not to like?

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i would die for marcel

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