To celebrate the release of Missing Link, the latest animation from acclaimed studio Laika, which lands in UK cinemas this Friday, we sat down with writer/director Chris Butler to discuss the film and where the idea for this “odd couple” story began.

In Missing Link, Hugh Jackman plays Sir Lionel Frost, a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is, no one else seems to agree. He sees a chance to prove himself by traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to discover the world’s most legendary creature: a bigfoot sasquatch (voiced by Zach Galifianakis).

Butler, who wrote and directed 2012’s Paranorman as well as working in Kubo and the Two Strings, told us it was his love of adventure movies like Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones growing up that spurred his interest in telling this globe-trotting story – as well as John Hughes’ Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – 1987’s classic comedy which starred Steve Martin and John Candy – with the “odd couple stuck together” themes of that film being present in Missing Link.

You can watch the full interview in the player below:

Missing Link is released in UK cinemas on Friday April 5th.