Sundance Opens With Claymation

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Holly Andres's The Spilt Milk (2008) Photo: Getty Images

We were hoping that Sundance might pull off a shocker and open the 2009 festival with HBO's Obama documentary, but this will do: Barry "Dame Edna" Humphries narrates Mary and Max, a claymation film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette as "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." Director Adam Elliot previously won an Oscar for his lovely short Harvie Crumpet, which you can see here. [Variety]