Review: ‘Missing Link’ may be stop motion, but there is no stopping its charm

Laika lets their uncommon artistry shine once more

The Sasquatch in “Missing Link” doesn’t look like a sickly werewolf, and he won’t try and sell you jerky, but he’s great for a laugh or two.

Of course, when your visage is voiced by Zach Galifianakis, that is bound to be the case. The jury is still out on if Galifianakis was chosen for his comedy or his likeness to the Sasquatch.

“Missing Link” follows a rejected adventurer named Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), who wants nothing more than to be accepted into the prestigious and stuffy Adventurers’ Club. After losing his evidence of the Loch Ness monster due to an unfortunate accident, Frost receives an intriguing letter.

The anonymous author offers to show Frost the location of the Sasquatch if he were to meet him in Washington state. Little did Frost know at the time, the letter was written by the furry biped himself.

The Sasquatch (later known as Mr. Link and Susan) was lonely, and in exchange for giving proof of his existence to Frost, he wanted the explorer to take him to his cousins in the Himalayas so he wouldn’t be alone.

What ensues is an adventure across the globe with a hitman on their tail.

There are those back in England that will do anything to prevent Frost from success.

With a twist ending you won’t see coming, “Missing Link” teaches you that family is more than blood.

Laika, the animation studio that produced critically-acclaimed hits such as “Coraline” and “Kubo and the Two Strings, has always been a master of artful stop motion, and “Missing Link” is possibly their most charming yet.

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