Watch the First Trailer for LAIKA's New Stop-Motion Adventure, Missing Link

LAIKA's stories are children appropriate (you could make an argument against Coraline) but typically incorporate a lot of mature themes, so I suspect Missing Link has some emotional gut punches waiting for us. The charming adventure centers on Mr. Link, an eight-feet tall, 630-lbs, fur-covered creature, who is amusing, sweet, and adorably literal. Written and directed by Chris Butler, who previously wrote and helmed LAIKA's terrific ghost story ParaNorman, this new film revolves around a creature named Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) who recruits a fearless explorer (Hugh Jackman) to help him find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

The voice cast also includes award-winning actors from all corners of the world, such as Oscar victor Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), Stephen Fry (The Hobbit), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland), David Walliams (Little Britain), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones), and Ching Valdes-Aran (Nurse Jackie). We should expect nothing less from the animation studio that gave us the Other Mother. "In some ways, The Missing Link may be the most commercial movie that we've done, which all started with me saying, 'I want a stop-motion Indiana Jones'". You can basically sum up my childhood with the two movies - ParaNorman and this. The studio also produced Tim Burton's 2005 film Corpse Bride, developed a dream sequence for 2007's King of California, worked on the television series Slacker Cats, and created stop-motion and claymation footage for A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. "People think of it as slightly creepy, and I I wanted to step out of the shadows with this movie", he admits.

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"As a kid, I'd say, by far, the movie that influenced by the most was Raiders of the Lost Ark".

Check out the Missing Link trailer for yourself below, followed by the first poster. The feature also marks a first for LAIKA, as it's the first movie of the studio's to feature adult characters, and achieves something LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight has said the studio has "never tried before" - making a "raucous comedy entwined with a swashbuckling epic" that underscores "the universal need to find belonging". "One way to describe it is what if Around the World in 80 Days was directed by David Lean starred Laurel and Hardy!"

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