LAIKA, the stop-motion animation studio that brought us Kubo and the Two Strings, Coraline, and ParaNorman has just released the trailer for their newest feature: Missing Link. The story follows the journey of a gentleman-scientist, “Mr. Link” (the Missing Link), and an adventurer seeking out Mr. Link’s family. Like everything LAIKA creates, the animation is consistently hypnotizing: the textures, fluid movements, and wide variety of expressions all show the great craftsmanship the studio is known for.
The comedy in the trailer feels a bit sillier than I’d expect, although I wonder if that’s just because I’ve seen the trailer for Warner Animation’s Smallfoot and the wires are crossing in my head. Is there about to be a wave of bigfoot movies? Are they going to reboot Trog next? LAIKA’s stories are children appropriate (you could make an argument against Coraline) but typically incorporate a lot of mature themes, so I suspect Missing Link has some emotional gut punches waiting for us.
The synopsis reads:
“Meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you… he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend.”
The cast includes Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia, David Walliams.
The film comes to theaters Spring 2019. Are you going to check out Missing Link?
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