Mary and Max (2009) animated, movie – Australia

Mary and Max
Comedy, drama
Duration 92min
Score 9
Director/writer Adam Elliot
Voices Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana, Bethany Whitmore, Renée Geyer, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum

 

Mary Daisy Dinkle is a lonely 8 year old girl living in Melbourne, Australia. After being told babies come from the bottom of beer glasses, she gets curious, picking a random address out of an American phone book to ask where American babies came from. She then became pen pals with Max Horovitz, an overweight 44 year old man living in New York.

 

WARNING? Sex, alcoholism, murder, suicide, giant nipples, etc.

 

The art isn’t the prettiest, but it suits the story. It’s simple, mostly black/white and brown with a bit of red.

 

The characters are real. The lonely little girl with no friends, the lonely fat man that doesn’t understand people, the man scared to leave his home, the alcoholic mother, the father with a boring job and slightly creepy hobby. You learn about and feel for these characters. When misunderstandings happen, you want them to make up. You want them to meet. You want them to be happy.

The story was sweet. It wasn’t what I expected when I read the description. I mean, an 8 year old girl and a 44 year old man? But there wasn’t anything bad. Yes, she asked him questions about sex and love and such, but he was just as innocent as her when it came to this sort of thing. It was just two people getting to know each other and helping each other.

 

I’d highly recommend this.

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