Two characters, with seemingly nothing in common, become fervent pen pals in this silly, slightly dark, clever claymation film, written and directed by Adam Elliot.

Mary (voice of Toni Collette) is an 8-year-old Australian little girl, with a mother constantly sloshed from too much sherry and a father who likes to do weird things to dead birds in his shed. She loves sweetened, condensed milk straight from the can.


Max (voice of Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a 44-year-old obese New Yorker with Asperger's syndrome. He's had eight pet goldfish, all named Henry. He likes to eat whole chocolate bars sandwiched between hotdog buns. He goes to over-eaters anonymous meetings. He must watch television using two stacked sets: the first has sound but no picture, the other has no sound but a working screen.

In much the same way that Ted is a movie about a teddy bear skewed for a necessary adult audience, Mary and Max is a clay animation that grown-ups will appreciate most—especially Wallace and Gromit fans.

Fun fact: It took 2400 teaspoons of lubricant to create the ocean when Max imagines himself on a desert island.

[Netflix, Amazon]