LAIKA and Annapurna Pictures’ MISSING LINK is in theaters this weekend! Here are 5 reasons to trust me and make sure to see this delightful family film.

#1 – LAIKA

Head of hair and fur fabrication Jessica Lynn working on the set of director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios production and Annapurna release. Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures

MISSING LINK is the latest stop-motion animation film from LAIKA, the studio that brought you Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings and more. That’s nearly enough reason right there to watch, but the award-winning studio even broke their own records in creating it! For example, Mr. Link is the heaviest lead character ever created for a LAIKA film, and the smallest camera head used at LAIKA was built to be sent down inside to film the corridor scenes in The Manchuria ship.

#2 – Brilliant and Hilarious Voice Cast

Hugh Jackman holding the puppet he voices “Sir Lionel Frost”, during the filming of Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures

Who knew Zach Galifianakis would make such an endearing bigfoot? Writer/Director Chris Butler must have, and he’s still amazed that Galifianakis, along with all of his other first choices, said yes! The all-star voice cast  – Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia and Ching Valdes-Aran – truly brought the puppets to life. Hugh Jackman fit the role of Sir Lionel Frost so well that I might not have noticed it was him had I not already been aware!

#3 – Adelina Fortnight is a Badass

Adelina Fortnight voiced by Zoe Saldana in director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures

Adelina Fortnight (voiced by Zoe Saldana) is independent, adventurous, and takes no shit. She represents the modern woman at the turn of the 20th Century. She’s constricted by Victorian society while mourning the loss of her husband, which means she is supposed to be confined to her house. But she had been an adventurer with her late husband and soon realizes she’s not meant to do things conventionally. “Not only is she a female,” explained Butler. “She’s a widow, and she’s an immigrant. That was by no means an accident. I wanted her to be an outsider.” Against the odds, Adelina remains true to herself and her journey, while also pushing those close to her to be the best they can be. She may be an animated puppet, but she’s a darn good role model too!

#4 – A Family Film, But Not A “Kids Movie”

Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by Hugh Jackman and Mr. Link (right) voiced by Zach Galifianakis in director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures

You don’t need kids as an excuse to see MISSING LINK, but if you’ve got them, they’ll love it! Don’t write it off as just a “kids movie” though. It’s a sophisticated family film that doesn’t rely heavily on gross or slapstick humor. It’s relatable, upbeat and inspiring. It has strong messages on important topics such as where a person’s identity comes from, the human desire for fellowship, and the importance of being open to change. Adults will also be impressed by the immense detail put into every aspect of it. From the character and set design to costuming, to music, and everything in between, MISSING LINK is an extraordinary piece of art!

#5 – Because We Could All Use A Pick-Me-Up Right Now

Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by Hugh Jackman, Mr. Link (center) voiced by Zach Galifianakis, and Adelina Fortnight (right) voiced by Zoe Saldana, in director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a LAIKA Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release.

I’m sure I don’t need to remind you of the crummy news we’re bombarded with on a daily basis. I didn’t even know how much I needed this short adventure-filled escape from reality, but I sure appreciated it. The story about friendship and finding your place was heartening, and I left the theater with a smile on my face. If you could use a smile too, don’t miss MISSING LINK in theaters now!

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Sara is a contributing writer for Nightmarish Conjurings and a horror, haunt and Halloween geek. On the off-Halloween season she makes a point to attend any escape rooms, immersive events, and pop-ups that she can get to. She works as an artist manager and has spent the last 12 years navigating the ups and downs of the music business. She loves nearly anything with a great theme (including her favorite place, Disneyland) and is a proud parrot mother.
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