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Mary and Max -- A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

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Director:
Writer:
Adam Elliot (writer)
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Release Date:
9 April 2009 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
Based on a true story. See more »
Plot:
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(108 articles)
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User Reviews:
Witty, well observed and wondrous See more (140 total) »

Cast

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Toni Collette ... Mary Daisy Dinkle (voice)

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Max Jerry Horovitz (voice)

Barry Humphries ... Narrator (voice)

Eric Bana ... Damien (voice)

Bethany Whitmore ... Young Mary (voice)
Renée Geyer ... Vera (voice)
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum ... Homeless Man (voice)
John Flaus ... (voice)
Julie Forsyth ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Massey ... Additional Voice
Shaun Patten ... Additional Voice
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ... Additional Voice

Leanne Smith ... Additional Voice
Michael Ienna ... Lincoln (uncredited)

Directed by
Adam Elliot 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adam Elliot  writer

Produced by
Iain Canning .... co-executive producer
Melanie Coombs .... producer
Mark Gooder .... executive producer
Paul Hardart .... executive producer
Tom Hardart .... executive producer
Henry Karjalainen .... post-production producer
Andrew Mackie .... co-executive producer
Bryce Menzies .... executive producer
Jonathan Page .... executive producer
Richard Payten .... co-executive producer
Pauline Piechota .... associate producer
Tom Wild .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Dale Cornelius 
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Thompson 
 
Film Editing by
Bill Murphy 
 
Casting by
Brooke Howden 
 
Production Design by
Adam Elliot 
 
Art Direction by
Craig Fison 
 
Set Decoration by
Isabel Peppard 
Claire Tennant 
 
Production Management
Bridget Callow .... art department production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sue Collins .... first assistant director
Jemima Daly .... assistant director: continuity
 
Art Department
Daniel Agdag .... sets and props
Michael Bazeley .... sets and props
Darren Bell .... lead sculptor
Darren Burgess .... sculptor
Lindsay Cox .... sets and props
Jonathan Daw .... sculptor
Jonathan Daw .... sets and props
Scott Ebdon .... armature
Fiona Edwards .... plasticine colourist
Roger Ferdinando .... sets and props
Craig Fison .... sets and props
Robert Gudan .... armature assistant
Robert Gudan .... sets and props
John Lewis .... sculptor
Rob Matson .... sets and props
Colin Moore .... sculptor
Colin Moore .... sets and props
Kailem Nutt .... lead sculptor
Shaun Patten .... set construction manager
Shaun Patten .... sets and props
Isabel Peppard .... character painting
Isabel Peppard .... sculptor
Darcy Prendergast .... lead sculptor
Darcy Prendergast .... sets and props
Sophie Raymond .... sets and props
Luhsun Tan .... model maker assistant
Claire Tennant .... sets and props
 
Sound Department
Laurent Boudaud .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Carden .... sound effects editor
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Rick Gould .... adr recordist
Jason Hancock .... foley recordist
Doron Kipen .... sound re-recording mixer
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Frank Lipson .... sound effects editor
Andrew McGrath .... sound re-recording mixer
Erin McKimm .... location sound recording coordinator
Erin McKimm .... sound editor
Erin McKimm .... sound effects editor
John Simpson .... foley artist
Keith Thomas .... sound editor
Peter Walker .... adr supervisor
Peter Walker .... dialogue editor
Peter Walker .... supervising sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Isabel Peppard .... mould maker
Claire Tennant .... key mold maker
 
Visual Effects by
Michael James Allen .... visual effects supervisor (as Michael Allen)
Darren Bell .... visual effects artist
Giselle Hunter .... visual effects artist
Leath Mattner .... visual effects artist
Reece Sanders .... visual effects artist
Curt Sundberg .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Anderson .... camera engineering
Jon Billington .... camera operator
Yen Ooi Chi .... additional camera assistant
Nic Kocher .... assistant camera
Calista Lyon .... assistant camera
Robin Plunkett .... camera operator
Garry Sneesby .... camera engineering
Benjamin P. Speth .... camera operator
Gerald Thompson .... motion control design and build
Scott Venner .... assistant camera
Scott Venner .... motion control assistant
Suzy Wood .... behind the scenes stills photographer
 
Animation Department
Daniel Agdag .... animation assistant
Darren Burgess .... animator
Lindsay Cox .... animation assistant
Pierce Davison .... animation assistant
Jonathan Daw .... animation assistant
Dick Jarman .... animator
Anthony Lawrence .... animator
John Lewis .... animator
Jason Lynch .... animator
Al Oldfield .... animation assistant
Darcy Prendergast .... animation assistant
Sophie Raymond .... animation assistant
Craig Ross .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Rachel Knowles .... digital intermediate producer
Patrick McCabe .... second assistant editor
Dee McClelland .... DI colorist
Nic Smith .... digital intermediate technical director
Glen Whelan .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dale Cornelius .... music editor
Will Larsen .... arranger
Will Larsen .... conductor
Will Larsen .... music editor
Leanne Smith .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Maï Boiron .... French translator
Stephen Carroll .... production runner
Melanie Etchell .... title design
Samantha Fitzgerald .... assistant: mr elliot
Monika Gehrt .... production accountant
Lynn Johnson .... caterer
Anna Kaplan .... set/prop librarian
Stella Kinsella .... set/prop librarian
Anthony Lawrence .... mould maker
John Lewis .... mould maker
Jason Lynch .... on-set nurse
Patrick McCabe .... digital post production assistant
Patrick McCabe .... first aid officer
Bryce Menzies .... legal services: Marshalls & Dent
Shaun Miller .... legal services: Marshalls & Dent
Isabel Peppard .... mould maker
Elvis Pramod .... additional production assistant
Leanne Smith .... producers associate
Claire Tennant .... mould maker
Rita Walsh .... set/prop librarian
Bree Whitford .... digital post production assistant
 
Thanks
Scott Meek .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mary & Max" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:G (Manitoba/Ontario/Quebec) | Germany:12 | Japan:G | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 (DVD) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Mary is crying in her room during her college years, there's an Abba poster on the wall. Mary is an overweight young adult living with her mother. In 'Muriel's Wedding (1994)', the main character Muriel is also an overweight young adult living with her parents - obsessed with Abba. Mary's voice actress, Toni Collette also played the part of Muriel.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the first letter Mary writes to Max, she is left-handed. When she's writing all the other letters, she is right-handed.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:Mary Dinkle's eyes were the color of muddy puddles. Her birthmark, the color of poo.
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Movie Connections:
References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
Itsi Bitsi Petit BikiniSee more »

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92 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Witty, well observed and wondrous, 16 February 2009
Author: asphodelfilms from Melbourne, Australia

I went into this film at the Berlinale with mixed feelings. I knew that Adam Elliot's shorts were great but frankly the last few years haven't been great for Australian films and a number of short filmmakers have made disappointing first features.

But right from the opening frame, this film shattered any of my doubts. It's so refreshing to see a film told with such a strong unique vision and pulled off so effortlessly. This is made even more remarkable not only as it's made using stop motion animation but also because of the characters and subject matter it tackles.

Mary is an 8 year old outcast living in the suburbs of Melbourne. On a whim, she chooses a name at random in a phone book and sends off a letter asking about life on the other side of the world. The letter is received by Max, an overweight depressive in his 40's living in New York, suffering from Aspergers Syndrome. A friendship is born as the pair exchange letters over the next 20 years. offering each other support, advice and the chance to see life through another set of eyes.

While the world is painted in gloomy hues of brown and grey and the characters lead bleak lives, the genius of the script is that the characters never wallow or feel sorry for themselves. The tone is kept humorous and balanced allowing us to be moved by the characters as they stumble through life but also laugh at their foibles and observations of the world they struggle to fit into. Not since Muriel's Wedding has Australia produced so fine a comedy with such rich detail and I probably got even more laughs out of this.

My only criticism of the film would be some of its music particularly its use in one key scene of the Humming Chorus (already used so memorably in the finale of Heavenly Creatures). It meant that in a critical moment I was thinking of Kate Winslet up to no good instead of connecting with Mary & Max. But this is more a personal concern and if that's the weakest thing about the film, it's doing pretty well. I hope this film is seen by the wide audience it so richly deserves.

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