Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema Special Summer Kid’s Edition
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Directed by Dean Fleisher Camp
$18 / $15 Speed members / $5 students !8 and under / Free for Speed Cinephiles
“By the film’s end, it feels like the cinematic equivalent of a hug.”—Monica Castillo, The Wrap
The beloved low-tech stop-motion animated web series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On by the immensely talented Jenny Slate and Dean Fleisher Camp made its feature debut charming audiences at the Telluride Film Festival when it premiered last fall.
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. A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.
Endearing and appropriate for all audiences, the film features Jenny Slate, Isabella Rossellini, and Lesley Stahl (yes, that Lesley Stahl from 60 Minutes). 2021, U.S., DCP, 89 minutes. Rated PG.
CINEMA+ a post-screening art activity where you can make your own Marcel sculpture to take home.