Boy, oh boy, do I love me some stop-motion animation. Be it “Creature Comforts,” “Coraline,” or even, God help me, “Monkeybone,” I’m always down for some meticulously-crafted, old-fashioned storytelling. While mindlessly digging through content over at Trailer Addict, I happened upon a preview for “Harvie Krumpet” director Adam Elliot’s engaging effort “Mary and Max,” a movie which seems to blend the snazziest elements of Henry Selick and Nick Park into one charming little picture. I haven’t seen a Region 1 DVD release date yet, though I strongly suspect it should be coming down the proverbial pipeline pretty soon, as it’s already been unleashed in other territories. However, according to the official website, “Mary and Max” is screening on Sundance Selects throughout USA – via Brighthouse, Cablevision, Comcast, Fox, and Time Warner – as of 14 October 2009.
For those interested parties, an official synopsis:
Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle (Collette), a chubby, lonely 8-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz (Hoffman), a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City.
If you’re in need of a trailer, I’ve included one below. Don’t come crying to me if you find yourself watching it over and over and over again. I won’t be help responsible.