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.

‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the most striking thing we‚Äôve ever done,‚ÄĚ Laika president and CEO Travis Knight said in a press release.

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Missing Link will star Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Link, a creature first discovered by researcher Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) in the Pacific Northwest‚ÄĒwhich, in real life, is believed to be the home of one or more Bigfoots, a famous so-called ‚Äúmissing link.‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs long-lost family.

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 ‚Äú110 sets with 65 locations.‚ÄĚ And that looks to be only the beginning of what‚Äôs in store with this film.

Given how Laika‚ÄĒwhich also made Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls‚ÄĒhas only continued to grow and improve with each of its movies, I‚Äôm excited to see what‚Äôs in store this time. Missing Link is set to come out in spring 2019.

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