Missing Link (2019)


Missing Link

Laika Animation is a venture that I hope keeps on going. I like that this studio pulls out solid animated films every few years. I loved Kubo and The Two Strings and thought it was remarkable in content and its animation. So naturally, at some point I was going to check this film out. There seems to be a bit of an infatuation with the Sasquatch/Yeti/Bigfoot in animated films these days. We had Smallfoot recently and I saw a trailer for another film based on that prior to Missing Link. Before I go off track even more, the film is a fun easy time at the cinema, with superb animation as expected.

The film is about an investigator of mythical creatures who finds a Sasquatch. The Sasquatch, dubbed Mister Link, is a talking and well mannered being, although he takes things quit literally. The two bond and go on an adventure along with the investigator’s former lover, to find more Yetis. Meanwhile, a bounty hunter is attempting to stop the investigators quest and bumps heads with the trio a few times. The film has a really neat voice cast of Zach Galifianaikis, Hugh Jackman, and Zoe Saldana.

There is so much that goes into the animation process of this film. The stop-motion is tremendous and every scene that is crafted is curated to perfection and captures every detail. Enough plaudits cannot be given for the excellent animation. I think the film has enough witty humor to it, so much so that it develops a style. Its hard to describe but the film just feels like a breeze with its comedy and set up.

This isn’t the best thing from Laika, that honor still remains with Kubo but its a perfectly enjoyable animated film. A lot of the recent ones that have come out severely lack ambition or originality and seem to be churned out and blend into one another. This one felt like it had a story to tell and found its own brand along the way. This was a good final stop before the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. I shall have my thoughts on that as soon as I watch it.


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