Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Chris Butler, ‘Missing Link’ is an upcoming stop-motion animated adventure comedy featuring the voices of various Hollywood A-listers such as Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, David Williams, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas and Zach Galifianakis. The film is produced by Laika in association with Annapurna Pictures, and is scheduled to release in the United States on April 12, 2019.
According to the initial press release by Laika, ‘Missing Link’ follows myths and monsters investigator, Sir Lionel Frost, who sets off on an adventure to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature, Mr. Link/Susan. Frost who’s looking to gain acceptance by his small minded explorer peers, is accompanied on his journey by Adelina Fortnight, a free spirited, independent adventurer who just so happens to possess the only known map to their secret destination of trying to find Link/Susan. Tired of living a solitary life, the furry giant Mr. Link (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) recruits Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight (voiced by Zoe Saldana), the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the distant corners of the world. Through it all, they end up learning that sometimes one can find family in the places one least expects.
What distinguishes the adventure narrative of ‘Missing Link’ from regular Hollywood productions is the empathy its explorer hero Sir Lionel Frost extends to the Sasquatch Mr. Link. When Frost finally finds Link in the untamed Pacific Northwest, he does what no other Hollywood anthropologist has ever done — he listens to the monster’s story. A typical production on the other hand would hold the discovery as a trophy to be towed back to civilization as an emblem of victory.
Production company Laika has been previously known for its dark, relatively macabre animations such as ‘Coraline’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ as opposed to its recent kind-hearted ‘Missing Link’. A fantastic amalgamation of practical, stop-motion puppetry, computer generated graphics and unprecedented animation camera movements, ‘Missing Link’ is nothing like anything Laika has produced before. The following list has been curated keeping all these different aspects of the film in mind while simultaneously balancing commercial and esoteric animated features pertaining to both adult and children viewers. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Missing Link’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Missing Link’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. WALL-E (2008)
WALL-E is an American computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. Co-written and directed by Andrew Stanton, the film features the voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy and Sigourney Weaver. Positioning itself as a critique of consumerism, corporatism, nostalgia, waste management, human environmental impact and concerns, obesity and global catastrophic risk, the film follows the lonely robotic trash compactor, a Waste Allocation Load Lifter (Earth Class) or WALL-E in the post apocalyptic earth of the 29th century. The solitude of the only surviving WALL-E can be seen as reminiscent of Link in ‘Missing Link’.