Stepping into Laika’s Missing Link set is like stepping into a giant dollhouse or wandering into a miniaturized movie studio. Either way, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The hybrid animation studio revolutionized the stop-motion game when it debuted its 3D-printed film Coraline in 2009. Since then, the independent stop-motion studio has been steadily innovating with each of its films, earning critical and awards success, and the respect from their peers in the technology fields, along the way.
“Everything we’ve tried a new technology, we’ve essentially had to rip out the engine in our racecar and replace it with something else,” director of rapid prototyping Brian Mclean told a group of visiting journalists at Laika’s studio in Portland, Oregon. “And the reason why we do that is normally, if not always, [we’re] driven by some creative demand.”
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LAIKA is at the top of their game when it comes to telling stories with stop-motion animation, so we’re excited for whatever they’re cooking up next. This year the animation studio has quite the ambitious adventure that will take us across the world with a Bigfoot named Susan.
Missing Link follows the last remaining Bigfoot of his kind (Zach Galifianakis) as he strikes a deal with explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to find his Yeti cousins in the valley of Shangri-La. It’s a journey that will span the globe and have them encountering all sorts of people along the way, making for a very quirky adventure. You can watch the new trailer now. Read More »
Laika, the studio behind Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, has released the Missing Link trailer for its highly anticipated fifth feature film. The acclaimed animation studio adds its trademark dark whimsy to the stop-motion animated fantasy following an investigator of myths and monsters.
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Before San Diego Comic-Con truly kicked off, the folks at LAIKA were treating San Diego to a new exhibition showcasing the incredibly hard work that goes into creating their stop-motion animated films like Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings. Now LAIKA is busy preparing their next movie, Missing Link, and their Comic-Con installation provided us with a fascinating new development of how they’re animating their characters to give them a bit more life. Read More »
Update 6/28/2018: Today, Laika announced that Missing Link will be released in theaters by U.S. distributor Annapurna Pictures on Friday, April 19, 2019. Our original article from May 8 follows:
Laika, the critically acclaimed animation studio behind hits like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, has announced the release date for its next highly anticipated film. Laika’s fifth film is Missing Link, an adventure movie about an investigator of mythical creatures who embarks on a journey to find the legendary “missing link” to mankind’s primitive ancestry.
At the Cannes Film Festival, Laika announced the full star-studded cast led by Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis, with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson becoming the latest prolific actors to join the ensemble.
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