Blu-ray of the Day: Mary and Max

Voices: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries.
Director: Adam Elliot.
Screenplay: Adam Elliot.
Score: Dale Cornelius.
Cinematography: Gerald Thompson.

Mary and Max is animation at its most magical, a deliriously funny, weirdly enchanting yet trenchant odd-couple tale that’s more satisfying than a chocolate hot-dog pig-out. Using the stop-motion technique popularised by Wallace and Gromit, Fantastic Mr Fox and Coraline, it chronicles the 20-year pen-pal friendship of a lonely Melbourne girl and an obese, middle-aged New Yorker who swap phobias, woes and chocolate bars. The attention to detail and humanity is astounding, the scoring sublime, the vocalisations pitch-perfect and the outcome immensely moving. Extras include a commentary by writer/director Adam Elliot, who won an Oscar for Harvie Krumpet but astonishingly wasn’t nominated for this.

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