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A runaway hit across the US festival circuit, this mockumentary feature from A24 expands a beloved series of internet shorts created by Jenny Slate (who voices Marcel) and Dean Fleischer-Camp (who essentially plays himself). The seamless blend of stop-motion and live action, plus improvised dialogue, gives this charming film an air of magic realism, while Isabella Rossellini’s voice adds daffiness to a delightful cast that includes Rosa Salazar (Brand New Cherry Flavor) and Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).
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.
Fleischer-Camp skilfully delivers a tear-jerking big-screen debut of the beloved character in this hilarious and heart-warming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.
2023 Academy Award® Nominee
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
2023 Golden Globe® Nominee
BEST PICTURE, ANIMATED
2023 Critics Choice® Nominee
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"As tender as it is insightful … Seamlessly marries big ideas with charm and humor (and inventive stop-motion work to boot)."
"This unassuming animated gem shames the bloat of big-studio cartoons by proving good things really do come in small packages. The result is unique and unforgettable."
- ABC NEWS
"A soothing balm unlike any other wholesome feature around."
- AV CLUB
"Its quiet tenderness feels expansive... proof that good things really do come in small exoskeletons."
- TIME MAGAZINE
"Marcel the Shell with Shoes On will make your spirit soar and remind you to enjoy those you love, inhale a bit of fresh air, and respect the earth every second as though it were your very first time."
Thursday 5th January
Isabella Rossellini, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann, Lesley Stahl, Jenny Slate
Pentridge Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Dendy Brighton, The Kino, Palace Westgarth, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central, The Chauvel Cinema, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Barracks, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square