‘Bumblebee’: Travis Knight’s Animation Background Gave Real Emotion to Transformers

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‘Bumblebee’: Travis Knight’s Animation Background Gave Real Emotion to Transformers
After directing the “Transformers” standalone, Travis Knight is the first to admit that “Bumblebee” could’ve been made stop-motion at Laika and “Kubo and the Two Strings” could’ve been made live-action.

“As these things merge together, I don’t look at them as narrow bands,” Knight said. “I want to hit every genre and I’m excited by superhero possibilities [at Laika]. You can tell any story in this medium and do it in a beautiful way.”

But it was important for the Laika CEO/director/animation artist to try his hand at live-action to mature as a filmmaker. And “Bumblebee” provided the perfect opportunity. As a child of the ’80s, Knight grew up on “Transformers” toys and the animated series, and it was a great fit to make the Autobot origin story as his version of “E.T.,” the first movie that moved him to tears (with the support
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