Lionsgate UK and Laika Studios have released a brand new ‘Behind The Scenes’ featurette for Academy Award® Nominee Chris Butler‘s new stop-motion animated comedy adventure, Missing Link, out in cinemas nationwide on 5 April 2019.
Written and directed by Butler, the impressive voice cast includes Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia, and Zach Galifianakis.
Hugh Jackman is Sir Lionel frost: a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is, no one else seems to agree. He sees a chance to prove himself by traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to discover the world’s most legendary creature. A living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.
Zach Galifianakis is Mr. Link: the slightly silly, surprisingly smart and soulful beast who Sir Lionel discovers. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s possibly the last of his kind, he’s lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Together they set out on a daring quest around the world to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.
Along with the independent and resourceful Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster ride of a journey. Along the way, our fearless explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril, stalked at every turn by dastardly villains seeking to thwart their mission. Through it all, Mr. Link’s disarming charm and good-humoured conviction provide the emotional and comedic foundation of this fun-filled family movie.
Mythical Beasts Feature
The magic of film is that it can take us anywhere, or conjure up creatures that couldn’t possibly exist in the real world. Throughout time, humankind has conjured up mystical creatures, from the bigfoot all the way through to dragons and ogres.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Missing Link, we’re taking a look at some of cinema’s favourite recent mythical beasts, from How to Train Your Dragon’s Toothless, all the way through to the film’s very own Mr Link.
Mr. Link – Missing Link (2019)
Mr. Link is the last of his kind. He has been known by many names; bigfoot, yeti, sasquatch, but this lovable beast chooses to go by Susan. In the evolution chain, Mr Link is the missing link between man and beast. Alone in the forest, this tall, hairy creature needs the help of explorers Sir Lionel and Adelina Fortnight to find his long-lost family in the valley of Shangri-La. Missing Link follows this trio as they travel across the world to find Mr. Link’s family, and reunite him with his kind.
Migo – Smallfoot (2018)
Migo is a Himalayan Yeti who encounters a fabled monster: a smallfoot (or a human, to you and I). Nobody believes Migo, and they say he is lying about this creature. To prove his discovery to his village, Migo embarks on a journey down from his mountain into the land of the smallfoot. This fun family film follows the adventures of a large Yeti as he attempts to befriend humans and show them off to his friends and family.
Toothless – How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
On the Island of Berk, the Vikings constantly have to fight against the dragons that attack the town. Hiccup starts to train to be a dragon killer when he discovers a rare Night Fury. He finally catches it, but instead of killing it, befriends the dragon. Toothless is a calm and friendly dragon who can’t fly straight. Hiccup helps teach Toothless how to fly, and the two work together to show everyone that dragons aren’t as evil as they thought. These friends show the Viking village that dragons are aren’t the real enemy, and they can be used to protect the land.
Mr. Tumnus – Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005)
In an early role, James McAvoy starred as Mr. Tumnus- a faun who the Pevensie children discover after wandering into the Wardrobe of their new home. Tumnus is half man, half goat, and is only one of the many fabled creatures living in Narnia. He helps protect the children from the White Witch, and brings them to Aslan the lion who prepares them for battle. It is because of Mr. Tumnus’s help that the four kids are able to save all of Narnia from the witch.
Shrek – Shrek (2001)
Shrek is a large, green ogre who lives alone in his large swamp. When his tranquil swamp begins to be infested with story-book characters, he does whatever he can to get them out. He is the exact opposite of a knight in shining Armor, but that’s what he ends up doing when tasked with saving Princess Fiona from her dragon-guarded tower. With the help of his sidekick, Donkey, Shrek travels across the land full of magic folk-lore heroes to save Fiona and return her to Lord Farquaad. This hilarious comedy turned love story shows how fairy-tales can come true, even to the dirtiest of ogres.