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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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Chris Butler

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Chris Butler (screenplay by)
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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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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:

Canada | 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:

$25,922,018
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Timothy Olyphant's 2nd Animated film, after Rango (2011). See more »

Goofs

Though the film takes place no later than 1886 (as evidence of the Statue of Liberty being shown under construction), Mr. Link has zips up his pants, decades before the zipper was patented. See more »

Quotes

Stenk: [Stenk stands over Lionel, who is dangling from a ledge] It ain't about the pay-check anymore, now it's just a matter of shallow, self-centred pride.
Stenk: Careful, Stenk. You know what they say pride comes before.
Stenk: Wait a minute, I know this. Is it Tuesday?
[Sir Lionel pulls Stenk off the ledge]
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are written as notations on various objects that Sir Lionel and Mr. Link use to plan their next adventure. At one point, Mr. Link drags a plate of cookies across the frame and eats one off-screen.

At the end of the credits, Mr. Link finishes off a drawing of him and Sir Lionel smiling next to one another. See more »

Connections

References Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Do-Dilly-Do (A Friend Like You)
Original Song Written & Performed by Walter Martin
Original Song Produced by Josh Kaufman, Walter Martin
Horn Arranger: Stuart Bogie
String Arranger: Rob Moose
Mixed by Tchad Blake at Full Mongrel, Wales
Recording Engineer: D. James Goodwin
Recording Assistant: James Yost
Recorded at "Reservoir, NYC"
Percussion: Walter Martin
Guitar and Background Vocals: Josh Kaufman
Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Marimba, Background Vocals: Stuart Bogie
Strings Performed by Rob Moose
Drums and Percussion: Ray Rizzo
Piano and Organ: Sam Kassirer
Bass: Sam Cohen
Trumpet and Background Vocals: Jordan McLean
Trombone and Background Vocals: Raymond Mason
Sousaphone and Background Vocals: John Altieri
Background Vocals and Handclaps: Anna Nero (as Annie Nero), Elizabeth Ziman, Alecia Chakour
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A neat little romp that deserves awareness...
23 April 2019 | by sirwillisivSee all my reviews

I'm a fan of Laika's work and believe they deserve more attention. Missing Link is perhaps the studio's best looking film. The sets are beautifully crafted and diverse, from lush forests, to steamy deserts and mysterious mountainsides. The crew had constructed 110 sets and the effort shows with the pristine meshing of colors and stylish architecture despite taking place in the gloomy 19th century. That said, where the art style falters is with the designs of wildlife. They're on screen for a short time, but their appearance is quite uncanny. Imagine an elephant but its eyes are on its forehead close to each other as opposed to both sides of its skull where they normally are. Yeah, it's weird and hard to drop. I'm not sure what the thought process was when sketching out these creatures.

Like Laika's other films, Missing Link bears an easygoing vibe despite being an adventure with a wide scope. This may alienate most viewers who expect more energetic delivery, but I personally enjoy this consistently refreshing approach to animation. Along with a decent helping of swashbuckling action, there's plenty of heart and laughs that should resonate fine with audiences of any age. It takes time from the more quicker paced sequences to let the character's emotional turmoil and wisecracking humor sink in. At the center of that is Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Link. It's borderline impossible to dislike something as laid back, wide-eyed and innocent as Mr. Link, and he wouldn't be half the star without Galifianakis' charm tailoring him throughout the story. Ideal casting.

As for the other characters, I didn't care too much for them as they were kinda tropey. Hugh Jackman is just the overconfident (and surprisingly selfish) journeyman, Zoe Saldana plays the fiercely independent woman we've seen everywhere nowadays and the villains are just stock baddies there for the sake of giving the protagonists some kind of obstacle to dodge, even if it did result in a thoroughly entertaining action scene here and there. The chase sequence on the ship was rather fun with the boat tilting on its side and frustrating the character's means of escape from the villains. With this being completed with stop motion animation it earns bonus points; an impressive watch.

Not much left to say. Missing Link is an easygoing, serviceable animated adventure. If the characters were a tad stronger I'd consider this one of Laika's greatest feats next to Kubo and the Two Strings. Due to lousy marketing, stop motion animated films get very little awareness and revenue. Despite its few setbacks, Missing Link is a neat little romp that deserves to be known about.


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