(January 6, 2019) Original
(February 10, 2019) New Trailer (#2)
(April 7, 2019) New Posters (#3-#4)
April 12, 2019
From IMDb: “The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel’s last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.”
Poster Rating: C- / D / C+ / B-
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Review: (#1) It introduces the character, but isn’t a particularly attractive design. (#2) Even less appealing with its dull white background and not particularly interesting foreground.
(#3) A nice, adventurous backdrop and a fine vision of the main characters. Otherwise it’s unimpressive. (#4) So many vistas to see. So little time. It’s sparse, but it works well enough.
Trailer Rating: C+ / C+
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Review: (#1) If you didn’t know this film was produced by Laika, you might think it was a cheap knock-off of one and that’s not a helpful direction. There are some modestly funny parts, but not enough.
(#2) A lot of the bits that are in the first trailer are here as well and that makes for a duplicated effort that tends to be a bit boring. There are a few new bits, which helps, but it doesn’t mitigate the familiarity.
Laika is the single most consistent animation studio in Oscar history, earning Oscar nominations for every film its ever produced. I see little reason to believe that will not continue. Someday they will win, but probably not soon.