Mary and Max

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Mary and Max

Adam Elliot (2008)

88min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
The first full-length animated feature from Australian Adam Elliot (an Oscar winner for his short Harvie Krumpet) is a whimsically dark yet poignant account of the unlikely, long-term pen-pal friendship that develops between shy Melbourne girl Mary and grumpy middle-aged Max, who resides in New York. This tale of two outsiders is lovingly rendered in traditional claymation and Elliot's expressive creations are wonderfully brought to life by the talented voice cast, which is led by Toni Collette as the grown-up Mary and Philip Seymour Hoffman as her Asperger's-suffering correspondent. Listen out, too, for the distinctive tones of Eric Bana and Barry Humphries, who narrates. Note, however, that the melancholy story isn't really suitable for children.

Summary

An eight-year-old Australian girl decides to write to someone in New York, and picks a name at random. Her letter reaches an overweight loner plagued by anxiety, and over the next 20 years, they continue to correspond, forming a close friendship without ever meeting. Stop motion animated comedy, with the voices of Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eric Bana.

Cast & Crew

Mary Daisy Dinkle Toni Collette
Max Jerry Horowitz Philip Seymour Hoffman
Damian Cyril Popodopolous Eric Bana
Narrator Barry Humphries
Young Mary Bethany Whitmore
Vera Lorraine Dinkle Renée Geyer
Homeless man Ian "Molly" Meldrum
Harvie Krumpet / Len Hislop / Ken Hislop John Flaus
Bus stop mother / kissing woman Julie Forsyth
911 operator / ambulance voice / derisive observer Chris Massey
Katherine Ramsay / alleyway bully / bird injury girl / bus-stop girl Daisy Kocher
BMX bandit Dan Doherty
Doctor Bernard Hector Hazelhoff / Ralph Keith Dinkle, Grandpoppy Ralph / Mr Alfonso Ravioli / Ivy Ruby Bevan / postmaster / run-over kitten / worm Adam Elliot
Hal the cat Milly
Mary's baby Marlee Bevan
Mister Biscuit Indy
Mrs Pendergast Melanie Coombs
Overeaters anonymous tutor / Post Office customer / Zelda Glutnik Leanne Smith
Director Adam Elliot
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Other Information

Language: English / Yiddish Black and White and Colour Theatrical distributor: Soda Pictures Guidance: Suicide references, drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 22 Oct 2010

Comedy Drama

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