5. The Return of Marcel the Shell
Comedic actress Jenny Slate has been earning rave reviews this year for her starring role in the hit indie Obvious Child, but her latest project is a return to an old favorite: “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.” The loquacious, sweet-natured shell has come back to the YouTube screen, promoting a new book, The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been, written by Slate and her husband, director Dean Fleischer-Camp.
It doesn’t get any cuter than Marcel sneezing at plants.
4. Dachshund’s Creek
It’s exactly what it sounds like: a parody of the 1990s teen drama par excellence Dawson’s Creek, as enacted by dogs. The surreal nature of pups in wigs voiced by James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes transcends the banal pun that seems to have inspired it.
3. Zach Galifianakis Gets Brad Pitt Between Two Ferns
Keeping his A-list guests coming after his last interview with President Obama, Zach Galifianakis brings Brad Pitt to the ferns, ribbing the superstar about his friendship with George Clooney, and offering him a bong-shaped gift that the Hangover star swears is a bassoon.
2. This Moth Extraction Cannot Be Unseen (NSFW)
The phrase “put a bug in one’s ear” means “to give someone a reminder.” Unfortunately, that’s irrelevant, as the man in this video gets a literal bug in his ear when a moth makes a wrong turn and winds up in his ear canal. Using colorful language, he communicates to his friends that he needs help getting it out.
The only thing more horrifying than the premise of this video is the resolution.
1. These Girls Have Potty Mouths—For Feminism (Very NSFW)
There’s not much of an argument against the idea that grade-school age girls dropping F-bombs is jarring. However, these “potty-mouthed princesses” curse like proverbial sailors to prove a point. The discomfort in hearing such young children use profanity pales in comparison to the gender-based pay inequality, objectification and violence that affect girls and women every day. The video even features a boy dressed in a princess gown to further punctuate that “when you tell boys not to act like a girl, it’s because you think it’s bad to be a girl.”
The initial shock gives way to laughter, but then, the girls bring up the very sobering statistic that one in five girls will be sexually assaulted in their lives. “Which one of us will it be?” one of them asks. That’s more difficult to hear from their mouths than any swear word.
Appropriately enough, the campaign was created by socially conscious T-shirt company FCKH8, who are donating $5 from every shirt they sell to charities that work to improve the lives of women and girls.