Marcel the Shell, the itty-bitty star of 2010′s most adorable YouTube sensation, has a beautifully illustrated book out now called Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me. The little dude, who seems alternately amazed and saddened by his own tiny existence, also has a television show in development, according to a Jezebel interview with creators Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp.
EW caught up with Slate and Fleischer-Camp to get the scoop on how Marcel’s handling his growing fame; also, check out an exclusive video preview of the Marcel app, which is available now on iTunes!:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Has Marcel been a total diva lately, now that he has a tell-all book?
SLATE AND FLEISCHER-CAMP: Marcel is a pretty balanced person, so he’s trying to keep his feet on the ground, but he has mentioned that he is very proud to have so many portraits of himself. He spends a lot of time looking at the pictures and then looking in the mirror, but he says it’s just because he’s fascinated that the paintings in the book look so realistic, and not because he is just looking at himself. We believe him.
What creative uses for the book has Marcel found?
Marcel and some of his friends set up the book as a tent (spine in the air) and had a book release party in there. They served drips of champagne, and 30 friends split a potato pancake. They listened to Paul Simon.
How excited are you about Marcel’s potential TV series?
We are more excited about it than we were yesterday. Marcel has said that he’s not going to work out or get into shape for the shoot because he wants shells to see a “real shell with real bumps” portrayed on television.