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WATCH: Exclusive ‘Missing Link’ Behind-the-Scenes Production Clip

Take a look inside the stop-motion magic of LAIKA’s latest animated feature, now available on Digital and coming to Blu-ray and DVD July 23.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents Missing Link, available now on Digital and coming July 23 on Blu-ray and DVD. In AWN’s exclusive clip, we catch a glimpse of the fascinating world of stop-motion animation production; through the juxtaposition of time-lapse photography and final film footage, we witness the sophisticated and time-consuming on-set animation process employed on the film.

LAIKA’s fifth feature film, Missing Link was written and directed by Chris Butler, who also wrote and directed the studio’s 2012 effort, ParaNorman. Missing Link is also the first studio film distributed under a new deal with Annapurna and United Artists – previous films had been released through Focus Features.

The film is a stop-motion/CG hybrid tour de force, LAIKA’s most ambitious, expansive and funniest film to date. One of the industry’s most creative and technologically innovative animation studios, LAIKA has once again seamlessly integrated stop-motion wizardry -- centered around painstakingly detailed hand-made puppets, props and sets -- with state-of-the-art visual effects and CG animation, brought together in a beautifully designed comedy adventure that is epic in scope yet intimate in tone.

Missing Link takes audiences on a dramatic, fast paced, globe-trotting adventure across lush forests, dusty deserts, stormy seas and snowy mountain valleys, as our heroes, Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) and the equally intrepid Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana) brave elements and adversaries on their perilous journey to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

Missing Link Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • Commentary by Chris Butler
  • Creating Mr. Link
  • Bringing the Final Battle on the Ice Bridge to Life
  • Animation Inspiration w/optional Commentary by Chris Butler
  • VFX Breakdown Reel – Realizing the Potential of Stop Motion
  • Oh What a Mystery: Pulling the Camera Back on Missing Link’s Magic
  • Making Faces
  • Inside the Magic of LAIKA
  • Gallery x 24 Images

Missing Link Blu-ray and DVD Specifications:

  • Street Date: July 23, 2019
  • Pre-Book: June 19, 2019       
  • Screen Format: Widescreen 2.39:1
  • Audio: Blu-ray: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DVD: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1/ Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Total Run Time: 94 Minutes             
  • U.S. Rating: PG (Action/Peril And Some Mild Rude Humor)                  
  • Closed Captioned: Yes

Source: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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