Looking for a family friendly movie to enjoy this weekend? We were invited to screen Laika’s new stop motion animation movie, Missing Link that just opened this week in theaters nationwide.
About Missing Link
Missing Link follows the adventures of a Cryptozoologist. That’s today’s vocabulary lesson kids! Cryptozoology is the study of creatures whose existence has not been proven due to lack of evidence. In the case of Missing Link, the Explorer Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is searching for the Loch Ness Monster so he can impress the members of his hunting club. A mysterious letter from the United States informs Sir Lionel that the whereabouts of Bigfoot are known to the anonymous letter writer. Thus begins our adventure.
This movie takes two unlikely companions, Sir Lionel and Susan (Voiced by Zach Galifinakis) and sends them on a journey together in search of Mr. Link’s (AKA Susan) long lost cousin The Yetti. The characters visit over 60 unique locations in the movie, all while trying to escape capture by a less than savory assassin hired to kill Sir Lionel by a rival hunt club member.
Mom Review: Missing Link
The visuals in this movie are stunning, especially when you take into consideration that it was not computer generated but painstakingly formed frame by frame. Laika is known for it’s high water mark when it comes to visual imagery, they are the studio behind other animated movies like Coraline, The Boxtrolls & ParaNorman.
There are dozens of humorous lines inserted to elicit a laugh from the adults in the audience, something I always appreciate from animated movies. I think this is a movie the whole family can enjoy together.
For me, the takeaway lesson for viewers in the movie is that things don’t always go the way you had your heart set. You can literally travel across the world to make something you want happen, and sometimes it’s still not enough.
And that’s ok.
Are you planning to see Missing Link?