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Missing Link (2019)

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Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Sir Lionel Frost (voice)
David Walliams ... Mr. Lemuel Lint (voice)
Stephen Fry ... Lord Piggot-Dunceby (voice)
Matt Lucas ... Mr. Collick (voice)
Zach Galifianakis ... Mr. Link (Susan) (voice)
Timothy Olyphant ... Willard Stenk (voice)
Zoe Saldana ... Adelina Fortnight (voice)
Amrita Acharia ... Ama Lhamu (voice)
Ching Valdes-Aran ... Gamu (voice)
Emma Thompson ... The Elder (voice)
Humphrey Ker ... Doorman / General Pugh (voice)
Adam Godley ... Lord Bilge (voice)
Neil Dickson ... Doctor Roylott (voice)
Ian Ruskin Ian Ruskin ... Lord Scrivener (voice)
Matthew Wolf ... Lord Ramsbottom (voice)
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Storyline

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel's last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America's Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man's primitive ancestry. The Missing Link. Written by LAIKA

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One Adventure Links Us All. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action/peril and some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Film Five See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,944,950, 14 April 2019

Gross USA:

$16,649,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,249,469
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Laika Entertainment See more »
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The fourth stop-motion film to use dust after The Boxtrolls (2014), Early Man (2018), and Isle of Dogs (2018). See more »

Goofs

A map of the United States is shown in the film. It shows several states which weren't yet states as of the film's 1886 setting (for example, Arizona didn't become a state until 1912). See more »

Quotes

Mr. Link: [Mr. Link and Sir Lionel sit opposite each other on a train] This, uh, feels a little confined. Is it hot in here? It feels hot in here. Oh, I can't breathe.
Sir Lionel Frost: By all means, feel free to crack open a wind...
Mr. Link: [Mr. Link punches a hole in the window] Oh, that's much better.
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Crazy Credits

There is a behind-the-scenes clip in the closing credits that displays how the models and graphics were done. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Ariel x Halle (2019) See more »

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Ol Joe Clark
Written by Traditional
Performed by The Grascals
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It's arguably Laika's weakest so far, but it's still entertaining with outstanding animation.
12 April 2019 | by domtaylorSee all my reviews

The first thing that has to be said when talking about 'Missing Link' is that it looks absolutely incredible. With each film, Laika's stop motion animation has improved and this is no exception. While the world might not be as visually interesting as some of their previous creations, what's there looks phenomenal and the characters are animated even better. The movements and facial expressions are so fluid, to the point where it genuinely looks computer generated. The care and craft it must have taken to create this is extraordinary. Where Laika's latest is not up to par, however, is in its narrative and characters. The characters themselves are fun and have entertaining interactions, but nobody really has any arcs or development, and they're all pretty much bottled down to having one trait. Sure, Lionel Frost changes by the end of the narrative, but it feels completely forced, unrealistic and unearned, which is something that can't be said about any of the protagonists in Laika's previous works. The actual story itself is very simple and quite generic, but luckily the globe-trotting adventure includes several locations and scenarios for the characters to be in, which are all entertaining. The relationship between Frost and Mr. Link leads to some entertaining interactions, and the situations they find themselves in are all fairly humorous, too. So, while it's not all that original and there aren't really any arcs, it is entertaining throughout. Surprisingly, the action sequences are well done and actually quite thrilling, while still retaining the fun 'adventure feel'. It's also, like the rest of Laika's works, not afraid of pulling its punches and is more mature than the average animated feature. Overall, it's arguably the worst film that Laika has produced thus far, but it is still very entertaining and has great animation. 7/10


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