Travis Knight cut his animator’s teeth on the likes of Laika’s Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, as well as producing the latter two.

Kubo and the Two Strings is his directorial debut, and it may just be the biggest, and most important film in the studio’s history. We adored the film, and it was a pleasure to talk to Travis about his love of stop motion animation, as well as working with the team at Laika.

Scott Davis sat down with the director to talk about his feature debut, assembling the big names for the cast and working on the film for five years.

Here’s the interview,