Check out the new “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two” in this follow-up to the impossibly cute original.
Marcel is back to catch us up on the life of a shell … for instance, did you know that he sleeps on a slice of bread and wants a nickname (though he won’t beg for one)?
Marcel the Shell, created by comedian Jenny Slate and her now fiancé Dean Fleischer-Camp, was introduced to the world of YouTube videos in August 2010.
The adorable shell creature’s musings quickly went viral — but seriously, hang-gliding with a Dorito? How could the video not go viral?
The viral video created such buzz that Marcel … er … Slate landed a children’s book deal based on her creation called, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me.
Slate explains, “Dean and I didn’t have any interest in making an adult humor book. When we realized kids liked Marcel too, the only thing keeping it fresh for us was to take on this the challenge of making a good children’s book that wasn’t too saccharine. Marcel has an unnamed nostalgia and a bit of meanness to him, and we realized quickly that he could be a classic character.”
The couple is developing a TV show as well, which Slate says she hopes will be similar to The Muppet Show, “a place where our comedian friends can come and play around in a world full of shells.”
Marcel actually was created after Slate left SNL (she only lasted a year), as she shares that she felt “a little smushed down,” adding, “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.”
Personally, I love Marcel’s observation of the dog in this newest video: “Treats and snoozin,ï»¿ snoozin and treats. That’s it.”