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The Visionaries Behind Coraline and ParaNorman Set Missing Link as Their Next Animated Flick

Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) doesn’t want you to spoil his hiding spot.
Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) doesn’t want you to spoil his hiding spot.
Image: Laika

The team behind the award-winning stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings is moving from Japan to Shangri-La. Laika has announced its next film is Missing Link, a tale about finding living proof of humankind’s primitive ancestry. It’s apparently the studio’s most ambitious film to date.

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“It’s the most striking thing we’ve ever done,” Laika president and CEO Travis Knight said in a press release.

Missing Link will star Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Link, a creature first discovered by researcher Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) in the Pacific Northwest—which, in real life, is believed to be the home of one or more Bigfoots, a famous so-called “missing link.” Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), Link and Frost will venture around the globe in search of Shangri-La, believed to be the secret home of Link’s long-lost family.

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Laika is known for taking a lot of risks with its stop-motion animated films, and Missing Link looks to be raising the stakes even higher. According to producer Arianne Sutner, in order to achieve the scale needed to make Missing Link, Laika created “110 sets with 65 locations.” And that looks to be only the beginning of what’s in store with this film.

Given how Laika—which also made Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls—has only continued to grow and improve with each of its movies, I’m excited to see what’s in store this time. Missing Link is set to come out in spring 2019.

Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.

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angriergeek
Angrier Geek

Given how Laika—which also made Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls—has only continued to grow and improve with each of its movies

I can’t speak for Coraline or The Boxtrolls, but if they all have such a heartbreaking center that basically wipes out all the rest of the fun of a movie like ParaNorman you can keep it (Kubo was beautiful, but damn that story needed work).

Wanna know it? Spoilers.

Seriously, spoliers.

The “threat” Norman faces is the anger of the ghost of little girl who was taken out to the woods and murdered for being a witch. It’s grown over the centuries is now about to consume the whole town.

To their credit the reason I’m so put off is that they they convey this so well. The fear and loneliness of a little girl taken out to the woods by adults crying for her parents only to just be killed...why is there so much dust in the air right now!?!