> Date Seen: 11th April 2019 <
It will not surprise anyone to know that I am a fan of the animation studio Laika, being that ten years ago they released my favourite film Coraline (Selick, 2009) and since have created three more equally beautiful and dark sided stories centring around children and other magical worlds.. However after the release of Kubo and the Two Strings (Knight, 2016) Laika revealed they were going to change things up and go more comical for their next endeavour.
“How do you speak English so well?
How do you speak English so well?
How do you know I’m not speaking Yeti?”
– Sir Lionel Frost & The Elder, Missing Link (Butler, 2019)
And so we have Missing Link, a fun tale of a lone Sasquatch (or Bigfoot) seeking the help of explorer Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) to find his family. It is a rather heart-warming tale as Lionel learns the importance of finding the right friends – such as those of Mr Link (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) rather than those with status he doesn’t even like; And to be there for those friends with the help of Adelina Fortnight (voiced by Zoe Saldana).
I enjoyed the comedy of the film too with its slapstick elements such as Lionel teaching Mr Link to defend himself in a bar fight. And also some great lost sarcasm lines that mean their jokes are for both kids and adults [although may not be as entertaining to the parents as the kids].
Overall this film has been a good dive into the more light-hearted comedy for Laika Studios. With some great messages to children in the stories, Told with their iconic and stunning stop motion animation [make sure to watch the initial credits scene in the cinema!] and I am looking forward to what’s next in store for the studio!