Jenny Slate is shooting the most adorable movie of the year

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, Marcel (voice: Jenny Slate), 2021. © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (Photo: A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection)

Here, a new MCU has emerged: The Marcel Cinematic Universe.

After launch Marcel the Shell With Shoes OnA series of hybrid live-action / stop motion animated short films with great success in 2011 – with a few storybooks to follow – the anthropomorphic shell with Jenny Slate’s voice is coming to the big screen this weekend in a feature film.

And it’s as enjoyable and hilarious as you would expect – a psychoactive MTS film clearly made with TLC by Slate and her co-screenwriter and director (ex-husband) Dean Fleischer-Camp. And at least eight years in the pipeline. Slate and Fleischer-Camp first announced that they were working on a Marcel film in 2014.

“After our two picture books, we really wanted to do more with Marcel, and it was kind of a swing for the fences like, ‘Maybe we should just make a whole big movie about him,'” Slate (Obvious Child, Fixed) tells us during a recent interview on Zoom. “We definitely felt that there was enough in the character, that he was not just a simple man, but that he was a really fully developed person.”

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (the film) is made as a fake documentary that traces the friendship between the young shell and a filmmaker (Fleischer-Camp) who lives on the Airbnb where Marcel and his grandmother live (voiced by Isabella Rossellini). Hearing that Marcel’s family has disappeared in an incident, Dean tries to help Marcel find them.

Although the operation lasted eight years from the time it was announced, Slate says the project did not experience as many delays or starts and stops as you thought, other than stopping the pandemic. “It was just a long process of improvising, rearranging it, organizing it into what you hear, changing the plot and then rewriting different turns and moments in the plot and scenes.”

Not a single divorce could keep Marcel down. Slate and Fleischer-Camp were married in 2012, but divorced in 2016, the same year they began production on the film.

“In some ways, there are challenges that arise when you work with someone and your relationship … makes a big, big difference,” Slate said. Marie Claire. “It certainly was not dramatic or militant or anything like that. This is our favorite project, I think, that we do, do and have done. So, I think we just wanted to watch that. We never talked about it, but I feel that we both understood that we do the job and we do it well. “

AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 12: (LR) Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate in attendance

Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate are in attendance Marcel the Shell With Shoes On premiere during the SXSW 2022 Conference and Festival at the Stateside Theater on March 12, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Samantha Burkardt / Getty Images for SXSW)

Slate has lent her voice in the past to popular animated films such as Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets and The movie Lego Batmanbut Marcel marks a family-friendly rarity, with a PG rating for the A24 Films distributor, the tastes best known for R-rated adult dramas and the slow-burning horror.

“It turns out that my most immediate inclination is to place myself in a PG zone, but with emotions that do not feel like adults, but just fully developed,” says Slate, whose standup comedy tends to be much more intense. “Children also have strong emotions, as we all know.

“For me, it is not difficult not to make sexual humor or swear. I do not need to do these things. I tend to do them on stage because when I do standups, I express my adult experience, which includes adult experiences. But that was the natural zone to be in, that’s why the movie is like that. Like everything you see, Dean is my number one choice for what we wanted to do. “

Critics have fallen in love Marcel “The cinematic equivalent of a hug,” he wrote The wrapperperfectly incorporating the warm atmosphere of the film), as well as children.

Recalling her favorite reaction to Marcel Ever since he premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last fall, then made several other stops on the festival circuit, Slate describes the scene at a recent New York premiere.

“Dean and I presented the film. And as Marcel, I spoke into the microphone and told everyone that I hope they like the movie and all that. Dean had a little Marcel [figure] who brought it and held it high and a little, a little man in the front row went “Marcel!” And so when I started talking like Marcel, they fell out of their seats and started laughing. “

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On is playing now.

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