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Mary & Max [DVD]

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  • Actors: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00306YUUW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,299 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana and Barry Humphries provide the voice talents for this darkly comic, Australian, claymation-animated feature charting the 20-year correspondence of two extremely unlikely pen pals. When their epistolary alliance begins, Mary Dinkle is an eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne with her alcoholic mother and inattentive father, while Max Horowitz is an obese 40-something Jewish New Yorker prone to panic attacks. The only thing the two have in common is their friendlessness and profound sense of alienation. Spanning two continents and two decades, their extraordinary friendship helps them both through life's highs and lows as they grapple with the everyday troubles of modern existence.

Synopsis

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.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This movie is a good old-fashioned animated story about an ostracized Australian girl and an American with undiagnosed Asperger syndrome. The story revolves around the letters they sent each other, a dialogue that began when the girl chose an american name at random to ask where babies come from. As the story evolves Mary grows up and Max descends into his syndrome. Weird as it may sound, this movie is both fun and touching. It's also one I gladly see again.

I'd say you'd have to be at least on your way to be a "grown up" to enjoy it, several scenes in the movie are in the category "difficult to explain to children".
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By dick harden on 27 July 2011
Format: DVD
I expected this to be not very good, normally I am a bit bored by animations, though I do like Nick Park and The Wrong Trousers.

What I got was an unexpected gem in this film that made me cry. How many animations can do that unless you cry easily?

This is about a girl who lives in Australia. She is very lonely, with a drunken detached mother and equally uninvolved father. She is bullied and her only friend seems to be her little dog.

So, she picks a random name from the phone book, and lands on Max Horowitz from New York, and sets out to be his pen friend.

She chooses well, because Max is 40, and equally lonely. They both have unhappy lives, and it's painful and touching to watch.

Max, far, far, far from being a perv or writing anything remotely creepy (although rather candid), is so happy to hear from Mary, and he takes time to write her back, loads, about his life, and the rest.

They are both totally honest with each other, which is refreshing in this day and age of internet profile pages full of lies and superficiality, and neither wants something from the other apart from a friend.

Mary sends him a bright red pom pom (she always puts treats in with her letters, which is also touching), and Max wears it from the moment he receives it.

On so many levels you'd write off the fact a 40 year old lonely man who is writing a young girl as wrong or creepy, but this film just manages to make it nothing but touching, not an easy task in this day of 'everyone you don't know is a paedo' mentality.

The film reminds us that people can be good, that adults can be kind to young people without having some dirty ulterior motive, and also, that no matter how bad it gets, and life can get really bad, that there is always some small reason to keep on, some hope.

Films like this renew my faith in people, and what more can you ask for?

Beautiful, touching, funny, and flawless.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By OJ Skillman-Wilson on 5 Jun. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I saw this film at the bradford animation festival before it was released on blu-ray and this is what i thought at the time and is still true now.
also if you're worried it wont play on a UK Blu Ray player, it will. it played fine on my PS3.

"That night the first feature was screened- "Mary & Max". It blew my mind, the naive perspective of the child allows the audience to connect with the emotional journey of the films two main characters. Thats the beauty of animation, Mary & Max could handle the themes of mental illness in such a way that it was comic, but not mocking, and powerful, but not preachy. An authentic representation of day to day worries but displayed in the context of an entire lifetime. The narrative cleverly jumps around between the two characters and their pasts through the letters they exchange and the dialogue of each overlaid on the flashbacks. A thing of beauty. Another australian film, from melbourne this time. So many Australian animations, French too."

please watch this, its very very good. dont be fooled by the medium though, this is for adults.

Olly
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Gumble on 25 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
In recent years there has been a rapid decline in the output of clay animation films. This would appear to be due to the huge increase in CGI animation films from Hollywood, such as Wall E (Andrew Stanton,2008), Up (Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, 2009) and Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, 2010) to name but a few. The highly polished, glossy sheen of these films seems to have made the homemade, hand-crafted aesthetic of clay animation a thing of the past. Not, that I am criticising the above mentioned films, on the contrary, I am a huge fan of each, all three being shining examples of just how charming and moving, huge budget Hollywood CGI movies can be when placed in the right hands. However, it is still saddening to see such an imbalance of animation styles on our screens these days.

Thankfully, Adam Elliot's latest clay animation or `clayography' Mary and Max goes someway to redress this balance. A film of astonishing beauty, Mary and Max is undoubtedly one of THE films of the year. Taking place over the course of twenty years and spanning two continents, the film follows the relationship of pen pals Mary, an eight year old child from Australia, and Max, a forty four year old Jewish man living in New York, suffering from Aspergers syndrome. Through this relationship, Elliot explores the film's central themes of loneliness, mental illness, love and friendship, all with a deft balance of humour, sadness and subtlety.

Firstly, the clay animation is absolutely impeccable. With an aesthetic that is deceptively child-like, one could easily overlook just how painstaking a process the animation in Mary and Max must have been. This is certainly to the animators and director's credit, as the style is never too showy or distracting from the unfolding story.
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