Laika, the animation studio behind 2016’s fantastic Kubo And The Two Strings, announced its latest feature – Missing Link – at the Cannes Film festival yesterday. Set for an unspecified spring 2019 release, the film will star the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zack Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant and Matt Lucas.
Here’s the plot synopsis from the press release –
The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel’s last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a 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 upon whom Sir Lionel’s dreams depend. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s the last of his kind, and he’s lonely. Proposing a daring quest to seek out his rumored distant relatives, he enlists Sir Lionel’s help in an odyssey around the world to find the fabled valley of Shangri-La.
Together with Adelina Fortnight (voiced by Zoe Saldana), an independent and resourceful adventurer who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster of a ride. 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-humored conviction provide the emotional and comedic foundation of this fun-filled family film.
Although I have found Laika’s output somewhat variable – I am not a fan of The Boxtrolls or ParaNorman – their most recent film, Kubo And The Two Strings, is a masterpiece that unjustly lost the Best Animated Feature Academy Award to Zootopia of all movies.