Missing Link | Chicago Reader

Missing Link

Oregon-based stop-motion animation studio Laika (Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings) continues to eschew the overstated sentimentality of many kids’ movies with this comic adventure set in the Victorian era. The protagonist, Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman), is an aristocratic explorer who hopes to improve his chances of joining an elite adventurers’ club when he discovers a Sasquatch, the lovable but lonely Mr. Link, aka Susan (Zach Galifianakis). The film is sophisticated in its revisionist take on the adventure genre, introducing social and ecological concerns into the mix, though its irreverent humor is still accessible to children. Most impressive, however, is Laika’s continued commitment to a distinct mise-en-scène, much lighter here than in previous, darker efforts; soft-hued colors and more natural textures further enrich the experience. Chris Butler (Laika’s ParaNorman) directed; with the voices of Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, and Timothy Olyphant.

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Director:

  • Chris Butler

Writer:

  • Chris Butler

Producers:

  • Arianne Sutner
  • Travis Knight

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