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The first full-length animated feature from Australian Adam Elliot (an Oscar winner for his short
) 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.
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
Max Jerry Horowitz
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Damian Cyril Popodopolous
Vera Lorraine Dinkle
Ian "Molly" Meldrum
Harvie Krumpet / Len Hislop / Ken Hislop
Bus stop mother / kissing woman
911 operator / ambulance voice / derisive observer
Katherine Ramsay / alleyway bully / bird injury girl / bus-stop girl
Doctor Bernard Hector Hazelhoff / Ralph Keith Dinkle, Grandpoppy Ralph / Mr Alfonso Ravioli / Ivy Ruby Bevan / postmaster / run-over kitten / worm
Hal the cat
Overeaters anonymous tutor / Post Office customer / Zelda Glutnik
English / Yiddish
Suicide references, drug abuse.
22 Oct 2010
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