The Art Of Craft: How ‘Missing Link’s Key Creatives Brought A Yeti Temple, A Collapsing Ice Bridge & An Elephant Ride In Jungles Of India To Life For Laika’s Fifth Stop-Motion Feature

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The Art Of Craft: How ‘Missing Link’s Key Creatives Brought A Yeti Temple, A Collapsing Ice Bridge & An Elephant Ride In Jungles Of India To Life For Laika’s Fifth Stop-Motion Feature
Since its inception 14 years ago, Laika has become perhaps the greatest innovator in the medium of stop-motion. Led by President and CEO Travis Knight, the team at the Oregon-based animation studio has worked tirelessly to push creative boundaries with each of its five films, taking on one of its biggest challenges to date with writer/director Chris Butler’s Missing Link.

Starring Hugh Jackman and Zach Galifianakis, Missing Link centers on Sir Lionel Frost, a self-centered investigator of myths and monsters who encounters a Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest. Learning of the solitary creature’s desire for familial connection, the explorer accompanies him on a journey to the fabled Shangri-La that proves life changing for them both.

With his second feature, following 2012’s ParaNorman, Butler’s goal was to bring the energy of an epic, live-action adventure film into the medium of stop-motion. With its large cast of memorable characters,
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