Figure1"Mary and Max" ironically represents the lives of lonely people without too much of crying and moaning, but with a smile and hope that loneliness will not last forever. We've seen similar mood examples in movies like "Persepolis" and "Waltz with Bashir". These movies represents to the audience that there are many people who have seriously big problems with their lives, but still manage to see everything from the bright side. David Nusair, former Contributing Writer says that "Mary and Max isn’t really intended to be viewed by very small children. There’s nothing in the movie that will scar them for life, yet it’s clear that the emphasis on decidedly grown-up themes like suicide and mental illness will leave the little ones more perplexed than anything else." (June 15, 2010). Arguably even though there is a lot of warmth and sadness at the same time in "Mary and Max", children, who have probably not yet experienced real troubles in their lives, would probably not understand why everything might seem so grey and depressing,so David Nusair considers that only people who have experienced something similar can relate them selves to the movie and understand why it is never worth to give up trying to get what you want even if it looks very hardly believable.
Relating the story with our own lives helps not only to understand the animation, but also look at our own profiles from another angle. Movie geek Daniel Grim on his blog "All Hope is lost" wonders: "More people should watch it and I guarantee they would love it maybe even relate to it because the film is made so brilliantly done and combined the serious tones of mental problems in life with an amazing story, not many other animated movies can compare." (December 8, 2011). Daniel Grim lets us to understand that this movie has a lesson inside about the life itself. The lesson is, again, no matter what, look at the bright side and reach what you want.
1) David Nusair (June 15, 2010). http://movies.about.com/od/animatedmovies/fr/mary-max-review.htm
2) Daniel Grim (December 8, 2011). http://grimdeath999.tumblr.com/post/13941667043/watching-mary-and-max-on-film4
3) Thomas Caldwell (4 March 2009). http://blog.cinemaautopsy.com/2009/04/05/film-review-mary-and-max-2009/
3) Adam Elliot from bizare behind the scenes Mary and Max documentary shots http://f4.org.au/pages/f4-home/program/23-february/