The stop-motion work of Laika is always impressive and the design work is incredible. With their latest film hitting theaters in the next couple months, fans and general film lovers can get a closer look at the gorgeous visuals in Missing Link thanks to an official Art Of book launching around the film’s release. Arriving on April 16th (just a few days after the film’s release in theaters) The Art of Missing Link compiles all the concept art, storyboards, and sketches that went in to bringing the story to life:
From LAIKA, the animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings, get ready for Missing Link: a stunning, epic, raucous stop-motion comedy. Featuring concept art from the film’s creation—including sketches, storyboards, character designs, and much more—illuminated by in-depth interviews with the film’s creative team, The Art of Missing Link (April 16, 2019 / $45.00) is a must-have companion to the film.
Hugh Jackman is Sir Lionel frost: a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is, no one else seems to agree. He sees a chance to prove himself by traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to discover the world’s most 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 who Sir Lionel discovers. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s possibly the last of his kind, he’s lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Together they set out on a daring quest around the world to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.
Along with the independent and resourceful Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster ride of a journey. 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 movie.
The Art of Missing Link is a lushly illustrated volume that goes behind the scenes of LAIKA’s new stop-motion adventure. LAIKA utilizes cutting-edge technology to advance stop-motion animation in a hybrid of old and new techniques. This book probes deep into the filmmakers’ meticulous process and showcases the one-of-a-kind artwork from the making of the film.
Will you be picking up The Art of Missing Link this April?