“MISS­ING LINK”

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - VIEW FROM THE COUCH -

One of nu­mer­ous an­i­mated features of late, this tale is be­mus­ing with­out be­ing mag­i­cal – a com­bi­na­tion that may sat­isfy older view­ers but leave younger ones want­ing. The ti­tle char­ac­ter is a Sasquatch literally named Link, and voiced by Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis; he’s found by an ex­plorer who has the voice of Hugh Jack­man, and once the two meet up, the two set off on a re­vised quest to­gether to­ward the place where the big­foot ul­ti­mately wants to set­tle. The an­i­ma­tion is at once lovely and ab­stract, and the voice cast is in­trigu­ing, with Zoe Saldana, Ti­mothy Olyphant, Emma Thomp­son and Stephen Fry also heard. As tech­ni­cally fine as it is, con­nect­ing with view­ers fully on an emo­tional level is the link this re­ally is miss­ing. Of movie-his­tory note, this picture re­launched a leg­endary Hol­ly­wood brand in its 100th-anniversar­y year un­der the slightly aug­mented name United Artists Re­leas­ing. DVD ex­tras: seven “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­taries; au­dio com­men­tary by writer-direc­tor Chris But­ler; photo gallery. (PG: AS) (Also on Blu­ray and On De­mand)

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