We here at Collider are happy to exclusively debut a clip from Carter Burwell’s score for the stop-motion animated action-adventure film Missing Link. The movie hails from the wildly talented artists at LAIKA, whose previous films include Coraline, ParaNorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings. For Missing Link, director Chris Butler (ParaNorman) decided to craft a throwback action-adventure movie in the vein of Indiana Jones, albeit with a twist.
Zach Galifianakis voices Mr. Link, a creature tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest who enlists a fearless explorer (Hugh Jackman) to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in Shangri-La.
The film marks the impeccably talented Burwell’s first collaboration with the folks at LAIKA. Says Burwell: “I remembered the soundtrack to the original 1956 Around the World in 80 Days, which was one of Chris Butler’s inspirations. It had made an impression on me as a kid. I felt that the music for Missing Link should have that same kind of epic sweep right from the beginning when we meet Sir Lionel trying to photograph the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.” Burwell continues, “So the task was to do something lighter and more playful in tone than some of the more serious films that I’ve been involved in. In some ways a lighter tone is more difficult for me, as my experience has mostly been with dark comedy and intense drama. Seeing the film evolve from story boards to the animatic to the final animated film was novel and immensely helpful.”
The result, unexpectedly, is something equally thrilling and moving. Take a listen to the track below and click here to read Dave’s rave review of the film. Missing Link is now playing in theaters everywhere and Burwell’s score is currently available via Lakeshore Records.