Eden Prairie company helped create Oscar nominee ‘Missing Link’

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"Toy Story 4" won best animated feature film Sunday at the Academy Awards, but another movie nominated in that category had an Eden Prairie company closely watching the ceremony.

Stratasys color 3D printing machines were used to help create the movie "Missing Link." The Portland, Oregon, movie studio LAIKA made more than 100,000 facial expressions on the machine for the stop-motion animated film.

"We had six of these machines running almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week, churning out over 106,000 different facial expressions," Brian McLean with LAIKA said. "Animators are moving those objects tiny increments and taking a picture, and when you take 24 pictures and you play them back really fast, you get one second of footage. Our characters are physical things — they are not just pixels."

"Missing Link" won a Golden Globe and was nominated for Best Animated Feature in the Academy Awards.

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