Must Watch: Early Trailer for Claymation Mary and Max

January 26, 2009
Source: Collider

Mary and Max Trailer

This year's opening night film at Sundance was a claymation film called Mary and Max. The opening film always gets a good amount of early buzz, because every single member of the press usually sees it. I know I really enjoyed it and remember saying in my opening blog that the score (which you can hear in this), the animation, and the voices were the best parts. Thanks to Collider, we've got the first trailer for the film. This definitely isn't MPAA approved and contains some edgy language that probably won't show up in the official trailer. Speaking of which, Mary and Max never got picked up, so we don't know when it'll hit theaters.

Watch the first trailer for Mary and Max:

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Mary and Max is both written and directed by Australian filmmaker Adam Elliot, of a few animated shorts like Harvie Krumpet previously. The film was developed by Melodrama Pictures and Mel Gibson's Icon Entertainment. It first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as the Opening Night film but didn't find a distributor at the fest. Mary and Max will most likely end up in theaters sometime in late 2009.

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  • Grumpy
    what a sweet & funny little trailer
  • max
    Claymotion movies are on the rise :).. As #1 said, looks like a nice sweet movie!
  • Meg
    This looks real cute. I'm a big fan of the young child/old man dynamic, there's such a complementary wisdom between the two. Anyone know what that song in the very beginning is? It's familiar and I know I know it, I just can't put my finger on it...
  • dave13
    i love claymation, and want to see this little gem!
  • #3 - That song is the actual music that was made for the movie and is used in the movie. It's a wonderful score actually...
  • Meg
    Wow, thanks, Alex. I could've sworn I'd heard it before -- it just made me smile, put me right into the spirit of it. Now I'm even more excited to see this... after all, god forbid a movie trailer actually use music from the film. 😉
  • D.A.M
    I keep forgetting! Is this /Film or Firstshowing!?
  • Al
    if it wasn't for the dirty rotten Best Animated Feature, i'd say this has Best Picture Potential.
  • Ricardo
    Meg is right...arggh...this is killing me, i know i've heard this song before (at least the first part) and just can't remember where...arggh...Some other trailer maybe... Please, someone take me out of this misery,lol. And, 0.58, Twin Towers are up, 1.47, same shot, no Twin Towers, maybe that plays an important part in the story. I didn't like the trailer though, doesn't seem magic at all, at least for what i see here.
  • paulina
    this looks FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!
  • That made me smile. I can't wait to see it!
  • Barb
    The music at the beginning is called "Music for a Found Harmonium". There are plenty of versions on iTunes, if you want to have a look.
  • tzarinna
    Does look quite darling.
  • Meg
    Thank you, Barb! I knew I had heard it before. I wonder if they will have a soundtrack for the film, and if that particular arrangement will be on it. I prefer this simple piano version to the full orchestral version.
  • Sounds delightfully weird and funny. I wonder what will happen when Mary realizes how turtles really breathe =P
  • Jane
    Do you know who wrote the music for this?
  • Finally remember where I first heard the music at the beginning (Perpetuum mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra). I first heard it during Peter Roe's Showreel 2008 where the robot befriends a lighthouse:




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