Mary and Max premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it got some very positive buzz. As of right now it has a 95% approval rating on Rottentomatoes. Adam Elliot made his feature film directorial debut with this movie. He actually won an Oscar for a short film he made called, Harvie Krumpet. The movie features the voices of Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle (Collette), a chubby, lonely 8-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz (Hoffman), a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City.
I really like the setting and style of the story, and claymation feature films are a rarity these days. The movie is based on the directors own experience of having a 20 year pen pal relationship with a man from New York. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!