This stop-motion film from the animation studio Laika is written and directed by Chris Butler. It follows Pacific Northwest dwelling Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis), an 8 feet tall yeti-like species who enlists the help of intrepid explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) and keen adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana) in order to find his long-lost ancestors located in Shangri-La. It’s an epic journey across difficult terrain for this trio, with Mr. Link proving to be anything but inconspicuous along the way.~Clare Perez-Izaguirre Lopez
Bringing the Final Battle on the Ice Bridge to Life
Commentary by Chris Butler
Creating Mr. Link
Zoe SaldanaAdelina Fortnight
Hugh JackmanSir Lionel Frost
Zach GalifianakisMr. Link
Emma ThompsonThe Elder
Stephen FryLord Piggot-Dunceb
Matt LucasMr, Collick
David WalliamsMr. Lemuel Lint
Amrita AchariaAma Lhamu
Adam GodleyLord Bilge
Neil DicksonDoctor Roylott
Matt WolfLord Ramsbottom
Alan ShearmanLord Entwhistle
Leila BirchOld Worlder
Jean GilpinOld Worlder
Christopher NeameOld Worlder
Julian StoneOld Worlder
Kirk BailyNew Worlder
William CalvertNew Worlder
David CowgillNew Worlder
Bridget HoffmanNew Worlder
Scott MenvilleNew Worlder
Juan PachecoNew Worlder
Paul PapeNew Worlder
Scott WhyteNew Worlder
Carter BurwellComposer (Music Score)
Clay WeberSound/Sound Designer
Terry RodmanSound Editor
Tim ChauRe-Recording Mixer
Action and Adventure,Adventure,Childrens and Family,Comedy
-Sound; Atmos on a Blu-ray.
-Digital Copy; Yes.
-Picture; Not in 3D.
-Sound; Atmos seemed to be all over the place but not in good way. Sounds that should’ve been projected in certain channels where coming out from others channels mot matched up to what’s happening on the screen at times.
-Digital Copy; limited. Only HD, no 4K DV/Atmos I grade.
-Gear used for sound & visuals:
LG 65’ C6P 4k/3D passive OLED (manually calibrated)
9.2 Onkyo RZ + pre amp for 7.2.4/11.2 (integrated calibrated then manually tweeted with SPL sound level meter & balance/adjust for full dynamic range)
Klipsch Reference Premier towers
dual R112SW subs
Polk Audio MC80 8’ quad in-ceiling heights
Oppo 4K UDP-203
Monster cables: Premium Black Platinum HDR HDMIs, THX Audio RCA, Digital Subwoofer Cables & Fiber Optic Ultra 1000
Monoprice 14 gauge awg copper speaker wire
Nakamichi Speaker Plugs
Auralex Acoustic Isolation platforms
Because Disney and Pixar are so prevalent in this genre, movies like "Missing Link" often get overlooked. That's a shame. Thankfully, this little gem received some love from the Golden Globes when it won the award for Best Animated Feature, which secured a deserved Oscar nomination, too. Hugh Jackman voices one of those Great White Gentlemen Explorers from Great Britain's storied past who desperately wants to discover something that will earn him entry into the exclusive membership of the Royal Society. He latches onto the quest to find Bigfoot, but in a nifty little twist, he doesn't have to look far because Sasquatch, voiced by Zach Galifanakis, aka Mister Link, finds him and together they embark on a journey to discover the Abominable Snowman, the relative Mr. Link so desperately wants to meet. Complications arise, of course, in the guise of a hired assassin (voiced by Timothy Oliphant) and a spurned lost love (Zoe Saldana) who join the quest. The animated effects are first rate, and the action is frantic enough to keep kids old and young glued to the screen.
I feel like many of Laika Studio's wonderful stop-motion films don't get the attention from audiences that they deserve. Everyone is flocking to see the latest computer-animated films, but they aren't going in droves to see Laika's films. However, they should be. These films are so masterfully crafted. There is so much work that goes into them, for sure. But they are so well made that you feel like you're watching a computer-animated film at times. The animation can be so fluid. The details and textures are just incredible...and it's largely all physical.
I would love to see this get a 4K UHD Blu-ray release, but we get a very nice standard Blu-ray. The film looks and sounds very good. I highly recommend seeing this entertaining and family-friendly film.
I had not seen Missing Link at the theaters and wasn't so sure about buying the Blu-ray. But my wife was interested so we bought it. The movie seemed better than what I remember the trailers for it before the theatrical release. I enjoyed the story and the animation was very well done. I would have bought this in its original 3D if available.
It seems the various animation studios have gotten into the habit of doing commonly themed films. There were two Day of the Dead type films, and now there are three Yeti themed flicks. Smallfoot was more of a spoof, and Abominable more of a fantasy. Missing Link seems more like a documentary (with some Indiana Jones flavor in the mix).
As far as Bonus Features, they tend to be more informational (how the film was made, etc.) rather than recreational (games, and stuff).