this movie has been in my netflix instant watch queue for many moons. when rachele of the nearsighted owl wrote a post about it several days ago, i knew it was the right time for me to watch it...
there are so many things i love about this film...
claymation + art direction: my breath was taken away from the opening scene + never returned. exquisitely animated. the tiny details are absolutely incredible.
the voices of max + mary: philip seymour hoffman (one of my favorite actors who i was lucky enough to meet) + toni collette (another brilliant thespian).
asperger's syndrome: i have at least one student each year who is dealing with life through the lens of asperger's + i was deeply touched to see this experience explored through the character of max.
handwriting: there is fantastic handwritten text in the film that made me feel faint with font happiness.
dark twisty humor + bittersweet truthful emotion: i laughed + cried throughout the entire movie.
typewriters + penpals: two of my lifelong joys.
chocolate: a theme in the film + one of my favorite small pleasures.
love yourself first: yes. yes. yes.