Mary and Max is an excellent claymation movie from Australia. It’s about a young Australian girl named Mary who becomes pen pals with a Jewish man from New York who is names Max. The movie is a funny yet dark at the same time. Probably not something for young kids.
Mary lives in a brown world with an alcoholic mother and a father who stuffs dead birds. She struggles with loneliness and being an outcast.
Max has a similar story. He lives in a black and white world, has Asburgers Syndrome, attends “Weight Watchers Anonymous” meetings, and doesn’t understand people very well.
Visually, this is a beautiful movie. Mary’s world is in shades of brown while Max’s is shades of gray. Both with a spot of red. The way the worlds and characters are sculpted is very detailed.
Much of the humor in this movie is very subtle – you do have to be paying attention to really appreciate it.
Catch it on Netflix.