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. A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.
What the critics are saying:
This kid-friendly A24 movie is somehow whimsical, bittersweet, life-affirming and a little bit heartbreaking all at once. And that makes it the perfect movie for the moment.
Fox 10 Phoenix
The movie’s cloying sentimentality is balanced by its imaginative vigor and its wry shell’s-eye view of humanity.
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On imagines an alternative world where characters and stories are born of sheer creativity and not recycled ideas based on selling children’s toys.