Thanks to Allied Media for inviting me to see “Missing Link” before it hits theaters Friday, April 12. All opinions are my own!
Is the Missing Link Movie Ok for Kids?
Recently, my family had the opportunity to check out an early screening for the new animated movie “Missing Link.” My kids were really looking forward to seeing this one. The trailers caught their eye in the last few movies we went to, so they were excited for the opportunity to see it before it opened to everyone. Is the Missing Link movie ok for kids? What is it about exactly? Even though it’s animated, will kids enjoy the movie? I aim to answer all your questions in this review!
What is Missing Link About?
First, let’s talk about what “Missing Link” is about. Parents may have questions about the content simply from the title. Here’s a synopsis of the film:
Meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you… he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend at the heart of Missing Link, the globe-trotting family adventure from LAIKA. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.
At the heart of the film, it is about a story of finding your place in the world and learning that you belong, even in the most unexpected ways.
Difficult Subject Matter
There is one scene, near the beginning of the film, where Sir Lionel Frost tells a group of “adventurers” that he believes Mr. Link may be the “missing link” between man and animals. Regardless of your family’s personal stance on evolution, the scene ends up being more about how the hateful leader of the “club” that Sir Lionel Frost wants to be a part of won’t listen to anything he has to say.
A discussion occurs about man and his relationship to animals. However, it is not presented as fact but as more of a research opportunity. My girls knew he was the villain of the story from that scene, so I’m glad that was the most important takeaway the received from it.
Are there Suggestive, Violent, or Foul Language Scenes?
Next, while there is some animated violence, it is very minimal. There are no “blood and guts” scenes, and the main one that stood out to me was a “bar brawl” in the middle of the movie. Mercenaries attack where Sir Lionel and Mr. Link in order to stop them from progressing on their journey. It’s all done in a very “wham,” “bam” fashion so as to not appear gross or scary to kids.
Thankfully, though there are some jokes that might be seen as a bit crude, there is no foul language or nudity of any kind. I would hope a movie aimed at kids wouldn’t have those kinds of things in it, but you just never know these days.
Should You Take Your Kids to See Missing Link?
Finally, is this a movie worth seeing? My girls thought it was hilarious. They are getting old enough now to understand some of the not-as-obvious jokes, and they laughed a lot throughout the movie. The main story is about love, friendship, and acceptance, and that is always a good message to relay to kids.
For what it’s worth, there is an underlying “girl power” message toward the end that is always nice to see. We are to attuned to the “damsel in distress” act, it is nice to see movies that don’t always end that way.
Missing Link in Theaters April 12
Starring Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis, “Missing Link” roars into theaters April 12, 2019.
For more information on “Missing Link,” follow the film on social media!
- Official Site: MissingLink.Movie
- Facebook: /MissingLinkFilm
- Instagram: @MissingLinkFilm
- Twitter: @LAIKAStudios
All photos courtesy Annapurna Pictures/Laika