Wednesday, November 16, 2011
marcel the shell with shoes
Marcel came out with a new video yesterday. I love it--never gets old.
Jenny Slate is the voice of Marcel. She was a 2009-2010 season cast member of SNL, but her contract was not renewed. To cope with the disappointment, her and her fiance (filmmaker Dean Felischer-Camp) created Marcel. Jenny told Times, “I felt that I should just sit down and do something creative for the sake of being creative. I had a little heartbreak after the show, and I don’t wear grumpiness well. So Marcel was something I did to make myself happy. It came from a place of strength. He is this little guy who is proud of who he is, and I wanted to say in a loving way, there is nothing wrong with me.”
It was a hit. The first video became viral in 2010. I still remember the intense laughing as I watched it with my suitemates for the first time (and the many times we re-watched it). From its success, Jenny and Dean decided to author a children's book.
Apparently, we can expect to see even more of Marcel. Slate stated, "Our hope is that it will be like The Muppet Show, a place where our comedian friends can come and play around in a world full of shells. If you're interested, read more about the creation of Marcel here.
Wouldn't it be awesome if this became the TV show we watched with our kids? A creative, small little shell proud to be itself. It's so much better than Dora.