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Mary and Max (2009) Poster

(2009)

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One Tomb Stone over from Ruby's reads "R.I.P. Adam Elliot", the writer/director of the film. His epitaph: "very over-rated".
All of the water scenes were created with lubricant.
It took 2400 teaspoons of lubricant to create the ocean when Max imagines himself on a desert island.
This is the very first animated film to open for the Sundance Film Festival.
Principal photography lasted over 57 weeks, using 133 separate sets, 212 puppets, and 475 miniature props, including a fully functional Underwood typewriter. This took 9 weeks to design and build.
The street, Lamington Drive, is a play on words: Lamingtons are an Australian cake. They are sometimes used in fund-raising activities by schools and other organizations, whereby they are sold in bulk. Such activities are referred to as 'Lamington Drives'.
The postage stamps in the film used by Mary feature an image of Dame Edna Everage, a character played by comedian Barry Humphries, who also narrates the film.
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.
The cat shelter that Ivy leaves her money to is named after T.S. Eliot, the author of 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats'.
In one of the many letters Mary sends to Max, she sends a picture of her Dog Sonny digging up the skeleton of his wife Cher; These are the names of Val's pet-dogs from Harvie Krumpet, Another animation by Adam Elliot.
Writer and director Adam Elliot clarified that the character of Max was inspired by "a pen-friend in New York who I've been writing to for over twenty years."
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Grandpoppy Ralph is seen wearing swimwear with the phrase 'LIFE BE IN IT!' On the front. This is a phrase from an Australian advertising campaign to get Australians more active in outdoor activities, such as swimming.
Barry Humphries (The Narrator) and Eric Bana (Damien) have both previously lent their voices to Finding Nemo (2003), playing the sharks Bruce and Anchor respectively.
When the letter from Max is late, you can see that there are snails in Mary's mail box. Ordinary, paper mail is called "snail-mail" as it is too slow compared to Internet-based e-mail.
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An exhibit of artefacts and clips from the film were presented in France and Australia. In France the exhibition was hosted by Gaumont as part of the release. In Australia initially at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image for three months starting in March 2010 and then touring around Australia throughout 2010/2011.
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The blind man walking down the New York street looks like Barry Humphries and is reminiscent of his character Bert Schnick from 'Shock Treatment'
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