Academy Award-winning Harvie Krumpet director Adam Elliot returns to the world of clay animation with this simple tale of the innocent correspondence between a portly eight year old girl from the suburbs of Melbourne and a morbidly obese, middle-aged Jewish New Yorker suffering from Asperger's Syndrome. On the surface it would seem that Mary (Toni Collette) and Max (Philip Seymour Hoffman) would have little in common, but over the course of twenty years, the unlikely pen pals exchange letters discussing everything from taxidermy, trust, pets, religion, obesity, autism, agoraphobia, alcoholism, and just about any other topic that comes to mind as they sit down and put pen to paper. Barry Humphries and Eric Bana provide additional voices.
Disc #1 -- Mary and Max 1. Welcome to Mount Waverley [2:41] 2. The Family Dinkle [5:55] 3. Welcome to New York [5:30] 4. A Little About Me [5:20] 5. Max's Jobs [6:27] 6. Rubbish [5:52] 7. Honesty [6:22] 8. What Is Love? [6:25] 9. Numbers Up [5:18] 10. Aspies [6:08] 11. Even Better Friends [5:16] 12. Confidence [6:19] 13. List of Emotions [4:56] 14. Out of Ink [6:05] 15. Our Warts [6:17] 16. Together At Last [4:10] 17. End Credits [3:10]
Disc #1 -- Mary and Max Play Chapters Bonus US Trailer International Trailer Making Of Behind the Scenes Alternate Scenes Casting Call Harvie Krumpet - Short Film Setup Audio 5.1 Surround Audio Description Director's Commentary Subtitles: English SDH Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: Off
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Though most cartoons are meant for younger viewers, Mary and Max most certainly is not. The seriousness of its topics like death, sex, suicide and mental illness definitely requires a more mature audience. But, trust me, as serious as it sounds, you don't wanna miss it! It's a simple story with a BIG message about the value and beauty of oddness and unconventional friendship. You don't quite know if you're watching a tragedy or a comedy and perhaps it's a mix of both. But ultimately, it doesn't matter. The point is to feel something and you feel a lot of everything when you're watching the life-long journey of these mismatched friends. The characters, Mary and Max, are like the Odd Couple meets Sigmund Freud.
Mary and Max is touching, poignant and funny in a very raw and immature sort of way. But what makes this little gem so fantastic is the juxtaposition of the artsy sophistication when contrasted against the emotional crudeness. For starters, the animation is impressive. The whole movie is desaturated, lacking vibrancy that cleverly mimics the vulnerability in both Mary and Max's lives. I'd venture to say that the animation rivals that of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas or, dare I say it, a Pixar flick. I know! But seriously, it's an art form, one that Elliott's got down. It's pretty incredible.
Quirky, charming and eclectic. Those are just a few of the words I'd use to describe this film. Seriously, it's hard to do it justice with my meager words because I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. While I recognize this movie won't be everyone's cup of tea, Mary and Max is one of those hidden gems that you should give a chance. I promise, you won't regret it.
Mary and Max is not your average cartoon. Raw, poignant, funny and charming, this Sundance Film Festival opener is a touching story about friendship, self-acceptance and love. This won't necessarily be everyone's cup of tea, but for an eclectic and appreciative few, this compelling little gem is a MUST SEE!
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