Missing Link (2019 film)

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Missing Link
Teaser poster
Directed byChris Butler
Produced by
Written byChris Butler
Music byCarter Burwell[1]
Distributed by
Release date
  • April 12, 2019 (2019-04-12)
CountryUnited States

Missing Link is an upcoming American stop-motion animated comedy adventure film directed by Chris Butler and produced by Laika that is set to be released on April 12, 2019. It will feature the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, and Zach Galifianakis.


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. Frost, who's also 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."[2]

Voice cast[edit]



On April 25, 2018, it was announced that Laika had begun development on Film Five, a new animated film directed by Chris Butler. The film will be produced in association with Annapurna Pictures who also handle domestic distribution.[3][4] On May 7, 2018, it was announced that the film had been titled Missing Link and would be released in the United States in the spring of 2019.[2][5]


Alongside the film's initial announcement, it was confirmed that Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis would voice characters in the film.[3] Concurrently with the reveal of the film's title, it was announced that Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Ching Valdez-Aran, and Amrita Acharia had joined the film's voice cast.[5]


Production is reportedly underway with Laika's artists having constructed over 110 sets with 65 unique locations for the film.[6]


Missing Link is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 12, 2019 by Annapurna Pictures. It was originally scheduled for April 19, but it was moved up a week after The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle release date was moved to 2020.[7] Lionsgate UK is set to handle distribution of the film in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[8] On November 8, 2018, the first trailer and poster for the film were released.[9]


  1. ^ "Carter Burwell Scoring LAIKA's 'Missing Link' | Film Music Reporter". Film Music Reporter. October 9, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Mendelson, Will (May 8, 2018). "Laika's 'Missing Link,' featuring all-star cast, to hit theaters spring 2019". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Kit, Borys (April 25, 2018). "Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis Starring in Animated Film From Laika". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (April 25, 2018). "LAIKA Sets Next Animated Pic 'Film Five' For Annapurna Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Hopewell, John (May 7, 2018). "Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson Join Laika's 'Missing Link' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Patterson, Adam (May 8, 2018). "Laika's Next Film is THE MISSING LINK | Film Pulse". Film Pulse. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Pedersen, Erik (June 28, 2018). "'Missing Link': Laika's Zach Galifianakis-Hugh Jackman-Zoe Saldana Toon Gets Release Date From Annapurna". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ White, Peter (June 13, 2018). "Lionsgate UK Boards Hugh Jackman & Emma Thompson's Animated Feature 'Missing Link' – CineEurope". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Chitwood, Adam (November 8, 2018). "First 'Missing Link' Trailer Reveals LAIKA's New Stop-Motion Film". Collider. Retrieved November 8, 2018.

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