He’s a relic from the distant past. No, not “Mr. Link” (the voice of Zach Galifianakis), a sasquatch of the Pacific Northwest, but the Victorian-era adventurer who “discovers” him, Sir Lionel Frost (the voice of Hugh Jackman). A cruel, selfish bully, he is on a quest to prove his “worth” to a London gentlemen’s club by bringing a mythic monster before its members, in order that they might admit him, and now he’s decided on the sasquatch. Perhaps it’s meant to be ironic or amusing that the giant fur-covered Mr. Link—who is gentle, thoughtful and eloquent—is a better person than Frost, but Frost is quite literally cartoonishly awful, and he’s the hero of this animated children’s movie. The plot ends up making no sense, not least because, enragingly, the most significant journey this movie takes is the one that sees a woman—Adelina Fortnight (the voice of Zoe Saldana), the widow of Frost’s former partner—tasked with the tedious chore of shaping Frost into a better person. Cheap “comedy” (crotch injuries, grossouts, “funny” “exotic” people) rounds out the retro attitudes. You know, for kids!
Director: Chris Butler
Producer: Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Timothy Olyphant, Amrita Acharia, Ching Valdes-Aran and Emma Thompson