The mad geniuses at LAIKA Studios are back with another work of stop motion animation following up their last critically acclaimed film, Kubo and the Two Strings. This time, the meticulous process of stop motion is employed to bring to the screen an unusual story about the mythical missing link in evolution with Missing Link. Today brings us the first look at LAIKA’s latest animated tale from director Chris Butler which is set to open in theaters nationwide on April 12, 2019.
Missing Link is centered on the story of Mr. Link (voiced by Zack Galifianakis), an 8-foot tall 600-pound creature who has lived in solitude in the American Northwest. Mr. Link is discovered by explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) and the two embark on a globe-spanning adventure in search of answers to the past, present, and future of life. Joining Jackman and Galifianakis in the voice cast of Missing Link are Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, David Walliams, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Ching Valdes-Aran, Stephen Fry, and Amrita Acharia.
Paranorman director Chris Butler wrote and directed Missing Link with LAIKA mastermind (currently working on his live action debut Bumblebee) Travis Knight producing. LAIKA has established their own unique personality throughout their filmography and hope to build upon their sterling reputation when the Missing Link is discovered in theaters across the world on April 12, 2019.
The official synopsis for Missing Link:
This April, 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 at the heart of Missing Link, the globe-trotting family adventure from LAIKA. 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. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.