Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mary and Max - A fictional movie about penpals!

A couple months ago, I stumbled upon an amazing movie called "Mary and Max" and upon the opening words of the introduction, it skyrocketed to being my favourite movie.

The movie begins with a description of Mary, an 8 year old Australian girl as the narrator says: "She is a bit on the chubby side, with eyes the color of muddy puddles and a birthmark the color of poo."

It's a claymation film, done mostly in brown tones with cartoonish characters, each with unique characteristics.

Mary's mother takes her to the bank where Mary rips out a page from a US phone book that has the address of a man named Max listed in it. She plans to write him to find out how babies are made in America, as she is told that in Australia, they are found at the bottom of beer mugs.

The story goes back and forth between Australia and America, as 8 year old Mary and middle aged Max, who has aspergers syndrome, write to each other throughout their lives.

It's a touching story of friendship, writing snail mail, and chocolate hot dogs (Max's own recipe!) and I highly recommend it to anyone with a love of writing and adorable characters.

1 comment:

Mesha said...

Oh, I thought I had been the only one to ever watch that movie !
Haha, I found it randomly a couple of months ago while trying to find something to watch during a lecture (lol).
I was all "why not, it's stop-motion" (which I've always been a fan of) and was thrilled with it just by the first couple of minutes haha.
Great to find a sweet review on it after all this months ;D
Mesha ♥


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