The stop-motion masters over at Laika Studios have announced that their latest animated adventure, MISSING LINK, is set to make its home release debut next month! As per the studio’s announcement via Instagram, director Chris Butler‘s imaginative adventure will be unleashed on Digital come July 9, while the Blu-ray and DVD versions are poised for a July 23 release.
Featuring the voice talents of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Fry, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, and Zack Galifianakis, among others, MISSING LINK tells the extraordinary journey of Mr. Link (or Susan, if you please), a lone sasquatch longing to reconnect with others of his own kind. After enlisting the aid of an intrepid explorer by the name of Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman), as well as the spirited and regal adventurer, Adelina Fortnight (Saldana), the trio embark on a kaleidoscopic globetrotting adventure to the mythical valley of Shangri-La, where the film’s cryptozoological hero hopes to discover his long lost people.
Both the MISSING LINK Blu-ray and DVD releases will come packed with Bonus Features, which you can check out for yourself below:
- 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
With regard to the Blu-ray and DVD Specifications, the Screen Format is Widescreen 2.39:1. The Blu-ray features an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, with the DVD being English Dolby Digital 5.1.
I actually had the pleasure of visiting Laika’s Portlan-based studio prior to the film’s theatrical release. While there, the incredibly talented men and women who help to create the studio’s stop-motion masterpieces dazzled me with their astounding artistry, patience for perfection, and intricate puppet making process. Be sure to check out our set visit coverage before picking up the film for yourself on either Digital or the Blu-ray and DVD platforms.