August 8, 2022

Travis Knight Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Career, Films, Animation, Nike, And Bumblebee Interview

Travis Knight Biography

Travis Andrew Knight is an American animator, film director, and producer. He has worked as the lead animator for stop-motion animation studio Laika and directed the films Kubo and the Two Strings released in 2016 and Bumblebee released in 2018. He went to Jesuit High School, near Beaverton, Oregon and then joined Portland State University where he graduated from.

Travis Knight Age

Knight was born on 13 September 1973. He is 47 years old as of 2021.

Travis Knight Family| Travis Knight Dad

Knight was born in Hillsboro, Oregon. He was born to his parents Penelope parks and Phill Knight who is the founder and chairman of Nike. His grandfather is the famous publisher William W. Knight who was also a lawyer and politician.

Travis Knight Wife

Knight is already a married man and a father to three children. He is married to fellow PSU graduate Donna Huyssoon. It’s not Informed when the two got married.

 Career |Director | Rapper

Knight began his career as a rapper performing under the name “Chilly Tee”. He produced his first album which consists of five songs in a recording studio built in his father’s mansion. The demo album attracted the attention of Bernie Singleton, president of MCA, who passed it to producer Hank Shocklee. He liked the demo and agreed to produce Knight’s debut album with his production team, The Bomb Squad. During the period of recording his debut album, he decided to move into his parents’ Manhattan penthouse for six months.

Furthermore, the Bomb Squad helped him develop fleshed out choruses since Shocklee felt that Knight was very skilled at writing verses, but not that skilled in making strong choruses. After releasing the album, Knight claimed that the record did not sell well and he disliked performing but according to Shocklee, “One of the reasons why it didn’t catch on was because it was one record that came out of nowhere, and rap is about building momentum.” However, Shocklee is proud of the album, saying, “This record still holds up. You can play it now and it doesn’t sound dated.”

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Travis Knight Photo

Since Knight’s father was an investor in will Vinton Studios he persuaded the company to hire Travis as an intern immediately after his graduation from Portland State University. Knight worked on the television series The PJs for Fox Studios and Gary & Mike on UPN, as well as television commercials and promo spots. By 2003, Knight’s father Phil Knight became a controlling shareholder in Will Vinton Studios.

Additionally, the company had been losing money due to poor management, and Travis Knight was promoted to the board of directors, despite him not having any management skills and experience. The Knights rebranded the company as Laika when they recognized that the company had begun to fail after the departure of Vinton. Besides, Travis Knight has been the vice president of animation in Laika since 2005. In 2014, he began working on his directorial debut, Kubo and the Two Strings. The American stop-motion action fantasy film was released in 2016. Knight together with Arianne Sutner was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, for Kubo and the Two Strings.

Travis Knight Films










The Boxtrolls




Kubo and the Two Strings








Missing Link



Travis Knight Animation




Boyer Brothers

The PJs


Gary & Mike


Día de Los Muertos








The Boxtrolls


Kubo and the Two Strings

Travis Knight Net Worth

Knight is in charge of a trust that is in control of 38 million shares of Nike stock which is equivalent to a stake worth of $2.3 billion. His father Phill Knight the co-founder of Nike has an estimated net worth of $33 billion.


Knight’s father Phill Knight is the co-founder of the company Nike which was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports, before its name was changed to Nike Inc. on May 30, 1971. The company itself was founded on January 25, 1964, by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight. Knight is now in charge of  a trust that is in control of 38 million shares of Nike stock which is equivalent to a stake worth of $2.3 billion.


Director Travis Knight was behind the production of Sci-fi film Bumblebee which was released in 2018. The film focuses on Bumblebee whos on the run in the year of 1987. He finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Travis Knight Next Movie

Knight’s upcoming movie is called Missing Link. The film was delayed because he was busy directing his other film Bumblebee. The movie is supposed to be released in 2019.


Knight’s height is not known yet.

Travis Knight Bumblebee Interview

Source: Screenrant

Screen Rant: So, talk to me about how that’s obviously different in this era.

Travis Knight: Yeah. We’re telling a very different kind of a story. While I want to make it feel like it was kind of woven from the same fabric of the eighties, and we approached it, like we wanted to shoot it like it was 1987. And we brought a lot of tools to play there. It’s a classic story but it’s a more modern telling of it. And so, part of that was what was at the centre of it, which is this incredible girl, played by Hailee Steinfeld, and this beautiful relationship she has with this robot.

Screen Rant: The opening scene, you kick it right off in Cybertron. It blew my mind. It looked amazing and it just brought me right back. There’s a rumour that the sequel could possibly all take place on Cybertron. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but do you think that it’s possible to do live action, I guess it would be still live action, Transformers movie in Cybertron?

Travis Knight: Well actually would, it would be wholly animated because the beginning of the movie is completely animated. So, it has live action lighting and textures and everything else. So, it has that feeling. But, yeah, I would love to see that movie. I got to tell you, that was one of the biggest thrills for me, in this process, was bringing Cybertron to life. And seeing the fall of Cybertron, just a glimpse of it. Because that’s where the animated series began. And we wanted to begin this film in the same manner, to pay tribute to that. And it was so much fun. I tried to stuff as much as I possibly could into those opening moments. Just because that’s the movie I’ve always wanted to see. I would love to see a movie like that. Yeah.

Screen Rant: So, this is a soft reboot of the Transformers franchise because we do see Optimus Prime before he hits in the 2000 era. So, he’s already on Earth. But it also feels like a reboot of the G.I. Joe franchise, with possibly John Cena playing Duke. Can you confirm or deny this? My I crazy fan theory.

Travis Knight: I don’t think it’s that crazy, but I can neither confirm nor deny. I’m sorry. I wish I could.

Screen Rant: But that’s good. This it’s amazing. And John did an amazing job too. Because he plays the role so straight. But he also has that comedic timing.

Travis Knight: He does.

Screen Rant: That just knocks it out of the park.

Travis Knight: Yeah, he’s the human antagonist, but he’s also a guy who’s got dimension. I mean, you can kind of– you get where he’s coming from. He’s actually right, when you look at his point of view, and that kind of makes him more terrifying. You understand where he’s coming from, but you don’t want him to succeed, because that means the end of our heroes. But yeah, John is just a naturally charismatic guy. He’s got great comedic timing, he just oozes charm, and bringing that element to what’s essentially a bad guy, was something that gave him additional dimension.

Screen Rant: There’s a lot of E.T. influence, I was able to pick up from this. And also, I love how Bumblebee emotes through his eyes. Can you talk to me about the challenge of creating Bumblebee to actually do that? And just hitting it in the perfect spots where you can tell that.

Travis Knight: That’s an animator’s trick. I’ve been working in animation for over 20 years and that’s just what we do. We view life, we breathe life into something that doesn’t have any. We give character and personality to inanimate objects, whether it’s a puppet, or a drawing, or something that comes out of a computer in ones and zeros. And so, the great thing for me was collaborating with the animators on this movie and really trying to match the powerful and subtle and nuanced performance that Hailey gives, and make sure that the robot gives as good a performance. And that’s the trick.

She’s fantastic, but he had to be just as good. And I think when people see it and they emotionally connect with this hunk of metal, that’s actually just generated in a computer, that’s how I know that they did their job. I mean, they just did an extraordinary job bringing him to life.

Screen Rant: Brilliant job. Thank you, so much. And I await that G.I. Joe response.

Travis Knight: [Chuckles] Thanks.