We’ve posted quite a bit about Laika’s new movie, “Missing Link”. But 4/12 is the release date, and to celebrate this much anticipated movie, the attached article discusses how the movie represents another phase in the evolution of stop-motion animation studio, Laika.
If you’re not familiar with the film, “Missing Link,” explorer and monster hunter Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) locates a Bigfoot-like creature he dubs Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis). Joined by the adventure-seeking Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), they embark on an odyssey to find what may be Mr. Link’s people among the Yeti in the Himalayas.
Oh and as of right now, it has a Rotten Tomato score of 88% fresh! So why are you reading this and not at the theater?!?
The following job announcement is from the producers of Wendell and Wild.
Wendell and Wild is a new stop motion feature film directed by Henry Selick is looking for stop motion animators with strong acting skills, a good sense of physics and impeccable comic timing. Our film features an incredible line up of strong female protagonists and we want you to be a part of our amazing animation team!
The film will star Oscar winning director Jordan Peele alongside Keegan-Michael Key, his longtime partner on the Emmy-winning Comedy Central series Key and Peele.
The picture is based on an original idea by Selick, the stop-motion virtuoso whose other films include Coraline and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Selick is separately developing a television adaptation of the video game Little Nightmareswith Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO.
Here’s how you apply:
The new trailer for Missing Link, the latest film from stop-motion animation studio Laika, shows off more of the carefully crafted world and the characters within.
Missing Link follows a monster investigator named Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), who discovers a legendary creature while adventuring in the Pacific Northwest. The Bigfoot-esque monster, who goes not only by Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) but also by Susan, is quite lonely and wishes to find his long-lost relatives. Along with free-spirited adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), the trio sets off across the world. Also joining the cast are Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, and Stephen Fry in unspecified roles.
Laika is the animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings. Missing Link will be the studio’s fifth feature film, and with 110 sets and 65 unique locations, it will be Laika’s biggest film yet.
Missing Link is in theaters starting April 12.
So do you think you really have the chops to be a professional art director, fabricator or modeler? Yeah, I don’t have them, either. But there are those that actually do have the mad skills LAIKA is looking for. Take a look at the careers part of LAIKA’S website and see if there’ something there of interest. And when you land that dream job, just remember where you heard about it first. Click here for the current “Help Wanted” section of their corner of the internet.
While we work out a new section on our website devoted to spot lighting completed amateur productions, Marc and I thought we’d put this great little video right here. Rafi sent us this video he made a while back but only recently posted. It features He-Man action figures, and it’s a real toy nostalgia and stop motion treat to watch. Rafi is looking for a little feedback on his work.
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