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Mary and Max (2009)

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Animation, Comedy, Drama |

Mary and Max is a 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 voice cast included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana and Bethany Whitmore, with narration by Barry Humphries. The film premiered on the opening night of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 15, 2009.

The film won the Annecy Cristal in June 2009 from the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in November 2009. The film was theatrically released on April 9, 2009 by Icon Entertainment International. Mary and Max received acclaim from critics and it earned US$1.7 million on an $8.2 million AUD budget.

In 1976, eight-year-old Mary Daisy Dinkle lives a lonely life in Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia. At school, she is teased by her classmates because of an unfortunate birthmark on her forehead; while at home, her distant father, Noel, and alcoholic, kleptomaniac mother, Vera, provide little support. Her only comforts are her pet rooster, Ethel; her favourite food, sweetened condensed milk; and a Smurfs-like cartoon show called The Noblets. One day, while at the general store with her mother, Mary spots a New York City telephone book and, becoming curious about Americans, decides to write to one. She randomly chooses Max Jerry Horowitz’s name from the phone book and writes him a letter telling him about herself, sending it off in the hope that he will become her pen pal…

Director: Adam Elliot

Writer: Adam Elliot

Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Bethany Whitmore, Barry Humphries, Leanne Smith

Cast:

Christopher Massey911 Operator / Ambulance Voice / Derisive Observer (voice)
Oliver MarksAlleyway Bully One (voice)
Daisy KocherAlleyway Bully Two / Bird Injury Girl / Bus Stop Girl / Katherine Ramsay (voice)
Daniel MarksAlleyway Bully Three (voice)
Hamish HughesAnimals (Miscellaneous) / Mad Jury Member / Opera Singer Two (voice)
Dan DohertyBMX Bandit (voice)
Julie ForsythBus Stop Mother / Kissing Woman (voice)
Mandy MaoCher the Chihuahua / Sonny the Chihuahua (voice)
Eric BanaDamien Popodopolous (voice)
Patrick McCabeDatsun Sunny Driver (voice)
Adam ElliotDr. Bernard Hazelhof / Garbo Two / Grandpappy Ralph / Ivan Ruby Bevan / Mr. Ravioli / Postmaster / Runover Kitten / Worm (voice)
Mr. PeckEthel the Rooster (voice)
Michael James AllenFerrari Driver (voice) (as Michael Allen)
Bill MurphyFrankston Icebreaker One (voice)
Shaun PattenFrankston Icebreaker Two (voice)
Bernie CliffordGarbo One (voice)
MillyHal the Cat (voice)
John FlausHarvey Krumpet / Ken / Len Hislop (voice)
Henry KarjalainenHenry the Fish (voice)
Ian ‘Molly’ MeldrumHomeless Man (voice)
KevinKevin the Pug (voice)
Chris WallaceLottery Caller / New Yorker Two (voice)
Toni ColletteMary Daisy Dinkle (voice)
Marlee BevanMary’s Baby (voice)
Philip Seymour HoffmanMax Jerry Horovitz (voice)
IndyMr. Biscuit the Parrot (voice)
Melanie CoombsMrs. Pendergast (voice)
Barry HumphriesNarrator (voice)
Carolyn Shakespeare-AllenNew York Callgirl / New Yorker One (voice)
Alf KlimekNew Yorker Three (voice)
Antoinette HalloranOpera Singer (voice)
Leanne SmithOvereaters Anonymous Tutor / Post Office Customer / Zelda Glutnik (voice)
Stephen CarrollThespian One (voice)
Renée GeyerVera Lorraine Dinkle (voice)
Athanasios KourtidisWedding Reception Guest (voice)
Yorgos KourtidisWedding Reception Guest (voice)
Bethany WhitmoreYoung Mary Daisy Dinkle (voice)
Michael IennaLincoln (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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