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Why ‘Missing Link’s’ Title Character Was One of Laika’s Biggest Challenges

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Stop-motion studio Laika pushes design boundaries in every film it makes, and the lead character in “Missing Link” is no exception.

“It became pretty apparent that [the character] Link was going to be the cornerstone,” says director and writer Chris Butler. “I did this rough drawing many years ago, and it was basically like a hairy avocado. Everyone loved it.”

That hairy avocado became one of Laika’s toughest challenges. Usually characters have a neck, and the neck can be moved to communicate different things. Puppet designers realized they would need to give Link a different skeleton so the area where his neck would be could appear more pliable. And they’d need to move his hair as animators created his facial expressions with thousands of different 3D printed masks.

“Link’s face was closely tied to his fur,” says Brian McLean, director of rapid prototyping. “So what we came up with,
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New 3D-Printing Technology Was ‘Missing Link’ for Laika’s Latest Stop-Motion Project

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New 3D-Printing Technology Was ‘Missing Link’ for Laika’s Latest Stop-Motion Project
For the upcoming animated comedy adventure “Missing Link,” stop-motion studio Laika set the bar very high. To execute the designs created by director and writer Chris Butler, artists would have to speed up their 3D printing of character faces — and those faces would have to be the most complex they’d ever created.

Missing Link” centers on Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman), a self-styled investigator of myths and monsters whose skill is not acknowledged by his small-minded high-society peers. So Frost travels to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of the legendary Missing Link (voiced by Zach Galifianakis). Other voice actors include Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant and Emma Thompson.

Laika, based in Portland, Ore., brought to “Link” its signature handcrafted stop-motion animation, which it couldn’t have developed without the speed of 3D-printing technology. While the concepts of hand crafting and digital printing may seem at odds with each other,
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Visiting ‘Missing Link,’ Laika’s ‘Indiana Jones’-Inspired Stop-Motion Adventure Comedy

Laika, the revered Oregon stop-motion studio run by Travis Knight, gets more epic with its fifth feature, “Missing Link,” a globetrotting, “Indiana Jones” style adventure comedy. It’s a buddy movie about explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) and a Sasquatch named Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis), who embark on a quest from the Pacific Northwest in search of the legendary Shangri-La, home of Link’s ancestry. They team up with adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), who possesses the only known map to their secret destination.

Once again, Laika embraces inclusion in its first movie not starring a child hero, written and directed by Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”), who said: “Link embodies a child-like innocence and the kids in ‘ParaNorman’ acted more adult than the adults in this movie.” True to Laika’s mandate to push stop-motion and storytelling in new areas of exploration, “Missing Link” moves in a completely different direction from its four Oscar-nominated predecessors.
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Missing Link Set Visit: An Incredible Tour of Laika Studios

Missing Link Set Visit: An Incredible Tour of Laika Studios
Missing Link is the fifth film from the brilliant stop motion animators at Laika Studios. The makers of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and the Academy award nominated Kubo and the Two Strings, deliver their most ambitious work yet. A lonely sasquatch, voiced by the hilarious Zach Galifianakis, reaches out to a famed English explorer. Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) travels to the American west to find the fabled creature. He's surprised to meet the genteel, accident-prone, avocado-shaped primate. Sir Lionel calls him Mr. Link, and their globetrotting adventure begins. Their goal is to find Mr. Link's cousins, the abominable snowmen, aka Yetis, in Nepal's Himalayas. They are joined on the trip by Adelina Forthright (Zoe Saldana), Sir Lionel's irate ex-girlfriend.

Laika Studios invited a group of journalists for a tour of their facilities and a behind the scenes look at Missing Link. Located in beautiful Portland, Oregon; Laika is
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Everything We Learned on the Set of ‘Missing Link’, Laika’s Latest Stop-Motion Marvel

If you're a fan of Laika Studios' stop-motion animated spectacles, you probably have a good idea of what you're in for when their latest film Missing Link heads into theaters this April: Stunning animation, well-developed characters voiced by top-tier acting talent, and a surefire Oscar nomination come awards season. But more casual moviegoers might miss out on just how much work and artistry goes into making these relatively small but highly complex and sophisticated puppets move, one frame at a time, in order to bring the next great adventure to the big screen. That's …
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Annapurna Lost At Least $8 Million on ‘Beale Street,’ ‘Vice’ Was a $15 Million Bomb — Report

Annapurna Lost At Least $8 Million on ‘Beale Street,’ ‘Vice’ Was a $15 Million Bomb — Report
Annapurna won two Oscars this year, but a new report from Variety makes it clear what a tough holiday season it really was for the financially burdened company. The studio released three movies on Christmas day, Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” and Adam McKay’s “Vice,” and none of them turned a profit at the box office. In fact, insiders tell Variety that “Vice” was at least a $15 million bomb for Annapurna. Some sources say the loss was closer to $20 million. “Beale Street,” meanwhile, lost between $8-10 million for the company, while “Destroyer” was a $7 million misfire.

What’s frustrating about these financial losses is how all three movies earned critical buzz, especially the universally acclaimed “Beale Street.” The Barry Jenkins film won top honors at the Indie Spirit Awards and won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Regina King. “Vice” earned eight Academy Award nominations,
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