– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Transformers films had a good run. On some level, they’ve always connected with audiences, whether they were good or not. It wasn’t until Transformers: The Last Knight, where that seemed to change. That film grossed even less than the first Transformers, and proved that Paramount needed to take a wholly different approach for the next film.

They really could not have picked a better filmmaker to do so than Travis Knight. Knight is not only the director of Kubo and the Two Strings, but he’s the president and CEO of LAIKA, a studio well-known for their artistic and heartwarming stop-motion films. With films such as Coraline and ParaNorman under their belts, it’s hard to argue that they don’t know what they’re doing over there.

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It’s that sensibility that they’re bringing to Bumblebee, the upcoming Transformers spin-off film.

“At LAIKA, we try to find an artful balance of darkness and light and intensity and warmth and humor and heart.” Knight said in the above Bumblebee featurette. “The idea of being able to bring that kind of philosophy to Bumblebee was really exciting.”

But his work at LAIKA isn’t the only thing they took into account with this film. When watching that first trailer, I couldn’t help but feel like a heavy dose of E.T. in the flick, and that wasn’t by accident.

“I was a child of the ’80s. I grew up loving those classic Spielbergian coming-of-age tales, and that was something I wanted to bring to Bumblebee.”

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SOURCE: Paramount

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.