While not all-that memorable for us adults who have seen countless animation movies over the years, ‘Missing Link’ will surely entertain even the most uninterested child.
Featuring an all-star cast, ‘Missing Link’ is the new offering from Laika, the studio that previously brought us such stop-motion animations such as ‘ParaNorman’, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, and ‘Coraline’. This new entry is, if you have been paying particularly close attention to their previous releases, a much brighter, funnier adventure that we’ve seen from Laika before.
Hugh Jackman (‘The Greatest Showman’) leads the cast of Zach Galifianakis (‘The Hangover’), Zoe Saldana (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’), Emma Thompson (‘Love Actually’), and David Walliams (‘Little Britain’) in quite a turbulent adventure that all of the family can get behind. The gags are visual which is great for young ones, while some of the dialogue and jokes might get lost on them, as they feel more at home in older animations such as ‘Wallace & Gromit’ and ‘Toy Story’. However, that means that there are some jokes in there for adults that will breeze right over children’s heads. In essence, it’s all rather enjoyable and the animation is top-notch.
The movie explores the idea of being lost in a world where you feel like you don’t belong, and wanting to “find your pack” essentially. Mr. Link feels lost in a world full of humans, of one he is most definitely not. It’s an important topic for children to see play out on screen, and one that might resonate to those who are struggling with finding friendships at school. It’s a difficult task to overcome, we’ve all been there, but if you don’t fit in somewhere, one should try and seek help - break out of their comforts, find their pack.
There’s plenty of action and globe-trotting involved in getting Mr. Link to his family, and thankfully the delightful final showdown will also keep viewers stuck to their seats.
While not all-that memorable for us adults who have seen countless animation movies over the years, ‘Missing Link’ will surely entertain even the most uninterested child into watching all 95 minutes of Bigfoot’s alternative adventure.