10. If only Marcel and I could be friends

For those of you that know me, I’m slightly obsessed with a little shell named Marcel (slash I wish I created him myself).  His parents, SNL alum Jenny Slate and filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp, are super cool Brooklynites who one day made a video out of boredom.  The short stop animation film, which is set in their real life apartment, is about a little guy with a little voice (who happens to be a shell).  He has one eye and pink shoes (and lots to say). His first video (see above) got lots of attention (as in 15 million views), which led to a second video.  Now, he’s the star of his very own book called Marcel The Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me, he has a Wikipedia page and an iPhone App, and he is now in talks (with his agent, of course) to do a television series about his little life.

…I can see it now.


The audience claps as MARCEL runs up to the stage at the Emmy Awards.  His little pink shoes aggressively run towards the platform just before the closing music begins.  The presenter (who happens to be his arch nemesis, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS) rolls his eyes and lowers the mic for him.


(breathing heavily into the mic)

I’d like to thank YouTube for letting me take the creative liberties I wanted to with this project and for getting my name out there.  My parents, who see me as more than just a shell…and, God.  I couldn’t have done this without Him.  

He pauses and sniffles.

Marcel (continues)

And, God?  Please try to find my sister who’s still missing after holding onto a balloon.  Thank you.

Jenny and Dean cry lovingly from the front row and nod in agreement.  


I guess this idea isn’t too far from reality.  Jenny and Dean did just pick up a Sundance Award for Best Animated Short in 2010.

(credit: nymag.com)

The best part about Marcel is I constantly think about what it’s like to live in his world.  A straw must be like a super duper slip ‘n slide while a piece of dust must look like a tumbleweed.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, click on the link below to watch an interview between Brian Williams, Marcel, and his parents.


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  1. I love your scene and as a fan of Marcel myself, I think it fits beautifully. Nice ode to the little shell with a big heart and creative mind.

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