Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot as his first animated feature film with music by Dale Cornelius and produced by Melanie Coombs and Melodrama Pictures.
The film deals with themes including childhood neglect, friendship, the obscurity of life, teasing, loneliness, mental illness, autism (Asperger syndrome in particular), obesity, suicide, depression, isolation, and anxiety.
- Barry Humphries as the Narrator
- Toni Collette as Mary Daisy Dinkle
- Bethany Whitmore as Young Mary
- Philip Seymour Hoffman as Max Jerry Horowitz
- Eric Bana as Damien Popodopoulos
- Renée Geyer as Vera Lorraine Dinkle
- Ian “Molly” Meldrum as Homeless Man
- Michael Ienna as Lincoln (uncredited)
- Julie Forsyth, John Flaus, Christopher Massey, Shaun Patten, Leanne Smith and Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen as additional voices
This is an animated movie in the method and style of Aardman. Mary is a girl in Australia and Max a middle aged man in New York. They inadvertently become pan pals and over the course of twenty years their relationship develops. Initially the film is light and funny, then around the halfway mark things get rather dark and dramatic. Mary changes from an eight year old girl to a young woman while Max copes with his anxieties and issues dealing with people. Each alters the other, in positive and negative ways. Mary and Max is a moving celebration of oddness and friendship.