Mary and Max

7 Nov

Mary and Max, a 2009 Australian claymation film about two unlikely pen-pals is a must view for any children’s writer. While the content is mature and explores the psychological impact of individuals shuttered from the comforts of social society, it’s presented in the style of a children’s book. It’s a movie intended for adults though the narration reads as if it was torn from the pages of a picture book. The opening line, “Mary Dinkle’s eyes were the color of muddy puddles; her birthmark the color of poo,” would be enough to entice an editor to review the manuscript.

Though be warned, while rated PG, it explores dark themes that may be confusing or inappropriate for children. Instead, when the children are asleep, or when you’re unable to end the night, nestle up on the couch and watch this film. Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Eric Bana provide depth with their voices, though its Barry Humphries’s narration you need to study. The film is carefully woven around a detailed script that reads eloquently and quickly like a picture book.

Take the time, and check out this creative gem.

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