Laika Returns with First Trailer for Stop-Motion Adventure 'Missing Link'

Missing Link Trailer Reveals an Adventure of Monstrous Proportions

Mr. Link, of course.

Annapurna Pictures has released the first Missing Link trailer, revealing the latest stop-motion animated film from the prestigious LAIKA Animation Studios. Exhausted of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

The unlikely pair aren't alone on their escapade, however, as Zoe Saldana's fearless adventurer Adelina Fortnight joins Link and Frost to make the mission a three-person one.

As sometimes happens, the U.S. trailer - also released today - gives a slightly different look at the film.

Missing Link appears - both visually and in terms of the feel-good nature of the story and relationship between the central characters - to be standard, stunning stuff for LAIKA But, as writer-director Butler previously explained, the film found inspiration in a place that's quite interesting for stop-motion animation: early 1980s action-adventure movies, namely George Lucas' Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The way that Laika combines stop-motion craftsmanship with digital technology continues to be unique within the industry.

Butler, who wrote and directed the studio's acclaimed Oscar and BATFA Award-nominated 2012 movie ParaNorman, and also worked on features such as Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride and Laika's Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, says he loves telling stories that are outside the realm of traditional animated movies. So it's a big epic roller coaster ride...

Back at this year's San Diego Comic-Con we got our first peek at what will be LAIKA's fifth major theatrical release since their inception in 2005, Missing Link. Are you going to check out Missing Link?

"We basically took a grab bag of everything we've done and tried to push it farther", Butler explained.

The voice cast also includes award-winning actors from all corners of the world, such as Oscar victor Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), Stephen Fry (The Hobbit), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland), David Walliams (Little Britain), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones), and Ching Valdes-Aran (Nurse Jackie). "People think of it as slightly creepy, and I I wanted to step out of the shadows with this movie", he admits.

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