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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: new video

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, the mollusk that charmed the entire Internet, is swimming with success. From one viral video, the shell has gone on to star in a children’s book and its creators are in talks with TV producers for a Marcel show.

Video after the jump.

Marcel the Shell was created by former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Jenny Slate and filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp. There’s something utterly charming about the tangential talk of the shell explaining his everyday life.

Pearls of wisdom from Marcel:

• “If you drive a bug, you have to be pretty easygoing because you’re only going to go where the bug wants to go. One week there was a maple sugar syrup spill in the kitchen, and every time I would ride the bug, no matter where I wanted to go, I would just end up back at the kitchen.”

• “You can’t make [a nickname] for yourself. You can make yourself a new hairstyle, but you can’t say, well now, you know, I go by the name of The General, or whatever.”

• “We don’t have a newspaper, but sometimes I’ll just read a receipt. I like to get a feel for daily life.”

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me” is available through Penguin. The authors are currently on a book tour across the country, before they begin work on the TV show. “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,” Slate said to Time.

The original Marcel the Shell video:

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.


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