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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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


what a sweet & funny little trailer

Grumpy on Jan 26, 2009


Claymotion movies are on the rise :).. As #1 said, looks like a nice sweet movie!

max on Jan 26, 2009


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...

Meg on Jan 26, 2009


i love claymation, and want to see this little gem!

dave13 on Jan 26, 2009


#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...

Alex Billington on Jan 26, 2009


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. 😉

Meg on Jan 26, 2009


I keep forgetting! Is this /Film or Firstshowing!?

D.A.M on Jan 26, 2009


if it wasn't for the dirty rotten Best Animated Feature, i'd say this has Best Picture Potential.

Al on Jan 26, 2009


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.

Ricardo on Jan 26, 2009


this looks FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

paulina on Jan 26, 2009


That made me smile. I can't wait to see it!

melissa on Jan 29, 2009


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.

Barb on Feb 1, 2009


Does look quite darling.

tzarinna on Feb 2, 2009


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.

Meg on Feb 3, 2009


Sounds delightfully weird and funny. I wonder what will happen when Mary realizes how turtles really breathe =P

Hand Knotted Rugs on Feb 26, 2009


Do you know who wrote the music for this?

Jane on Jul 17, 2009


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:

Krunk on Aug 22, 2009

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