Mary and Max Open Sundance 2009

Adam Elliot’s clay-animated feature “Mary and Max,” voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette, will open the 25th Sundance Film Festival on January 15th reports the trades.

The story follows a 20-year, pen-pal friendship between an 8-year-old girl in Melbourne and an obese, 42-year-old man in New York.

Elliot’s short “Harvie Krumpet”, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance fest, went on to win the Oscar. Icon Films is handling the rights.