Over a decade ago, comedian Jenny Slate and director Dean Fleischer-Camp teamed up for the acclaimed animated short films Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. They were centered on a character that fits the description of that title. At Telluride over Labor Day weekend last year, the feature length version of their creation was screened to winning reviews.
Slated for release on June 24th via A24, Shell‘s vocal contributions (besides Slate and Fleischer-Camp) include Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann, and Isabella Rossellini. The mockumentary also includes Conan O’Brien, Lesley Stahl, and Brian Williams playing themselves.
With a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Marcel could certainly turn the heads of Academy voters. It might come down to how serious a campaign its studio wages for it and how various Disney and Netflix animated works are received in the months ahead. Bottom line – Shell should be in the mix for the five Animated Feature slots and my Oscar Prediction posts will continue…
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Good god. This should not even be a question. Marcel is animated in almost every possible scene, and the storyline is so far beyond the outdated and tired baby formula we are fed from most animated films it is laughable. This is a film with several life values that are delicately presented and not driven in with a hammer like most animated film’s written by and for 6 year olds.. Please give the film the true recognition it’s due as an original work of art rather than the typical sugary or soppy garbage we see in this genre year over year.