William Joyce (writer)

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William Joyce

Joyce in November 2011 promoting The Man in the Moon
BornWilliam Edward Joyce
(1957-12-11) December 11, 1957 (age 54)
Shreveport, Louisiana
ResidenceShreveport, Louisiana
EducationB.A. in film
Alma materSouthern Methodist University
OccupationAuthor, illustrator, filmmaker
Years active1981-present
SpouseFrances Elizabeth Baucum
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William Joyce

Joyce in November 2011 promoting The Man in the Moon
BornWilliam Edward Joyce
(1957-12-11) December 11, 1957 (age 54)
Shreveport, Louisiana
ResidenceShreveport, Louisiana
EducationB.A. in film
Alma materSouthern Methodist University
OccupationAuthor, illustrator, filmmaker
Years active1981-present
SpouseFrances Elizabeth Baucum

William Edward Joyce (born December 11, 1957) is an American author, illustrator, and filmmaker. Newsweek called him one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium.[1] His illustrations appeared on numerous New Yorker covers and his paintings are displayed at museums and art galleries. Joyce won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film with Brandon Oldenburg.


Children's literature

He has written and illustrated over fifty children's books including George Shrinks, Santa Calls, Dinosaur Bob and his Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Rolie Polie Olie, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs and A Day with Wilbur Robinson.

Joyce is currently working on a series of novels and picture books, The Guardians of Childhood, consisting of a total of 15 books.[2]

Film and television

Joyce has received three Emmys for Rolie Polie Olie, an animated series based on his series of children's books that airs on the Disney Channel. His second television series, George Shrinks, airs daily on PBS stations.

Joyce created conceptual characters for Disney/Pixar's feature films Toy Story (1995) and A Bug's Life (1998).

In 2001, after Joyce and Ice Age director Chris Wedge failed to adapt one of Joyce's books to the screen, Santa Calls, they both came up with the idea for the animated film Robots (2005). Besides being one of the creators, Joyce also served as a producer and production designer.[3]

In 2005 Joyce and Reel FX launched a joint venture Aimesworth Entertainments to produce feature films, video games and books.[4] The new company set to make three feature films:[5] The Guardians of Childhood, The Mischevians, and Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo,[6] but they never got realized.

In 2007, Disney released Meet the Robinsons, a movie based on his book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, to which Joyce served as one of the executive producers of the film along with John Lasseter and Clark Spencer. In the same year, he designed the opening title sequence for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.

In August 2009, Joyce and Reel FX co-founder Brandon Oldenburg founded a Shreveport-based animation and visual effects studio MOONBOT Studios.[7] The studio produced an Oscar winning animated short film[8] and an iPad app[9] The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. A book adaption is expected to be released in late 2012.[10] The studio released in January 2012 another app, Numberlys, with a short film and a book coming later.[11]

At DreamWorks Animation, he is currently executive producer of a 2012 computer-animated film Rise of the Guardians, which is based on his series of picture books and novels The Guardians of Childhood.[12] Also, his picture book The Leaf Men is currently being adapted by Blue Sky Studios into a 2013 computer-animated feature film titled Epic. Joyce is writer, producer and production designer on the film.[13]


Saks Fifth Avenue

In both 1994 and 1995 Joyce designed the Christmas displays for Saks Fifth Avenue's original location.

The World of William Joyce

This exhibition is run by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. It began in 1998 and is currently still traveling nationally.


Artspace is a gallery located in Shreveport that is run under the guidance of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Joyce serves as the Artistic Director. He has helped bring a Peter Pan Centennial exhibit, an Art of Robots exhibit, and Faces of Katrina.


Joyce has recently founded the Katrinarita Gras Foundation to raise money for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He is selling prints of his unpublished Mardi Gras The New Yorker cover through the foundation with all profit going to Louisiana artists and arts organizations.[14]


Joyce received the 2008 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the "literary intellectual heritage of Louisiana." The award was presented to him on October 4, 2008, during a ceremony at the 2008 Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge. On 26 February 2012, he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."

Personal life

William Joyce lives with his wife Elizabeth Baucum Joyce and son Jackson Edward Joyce in Shreveport, Louisiana. His daughter Mary Katherine, died from a brain tumor[15] at the age of 18 on May 2, 2010.[16]

Works by William Joyce


Note: All books are written and illustrated by William Joyce, except as noted

Rolie Polie Olie series:

The Guardians of Childhood series:


Picture books:


Television series

External links


  1. ^ Newsweek (1997-04-21). "The Century Club". Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/1997/04/21/the-century-club.html. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  2. ^ Dr. Cazes (January 28, 2011). "The Guardians of Childhood announcement!". Moonbot Studios. http://moonbotstudios.blogspot.com/2011/01/guardians-of-childhood-annoucement.html. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Jones, Malcolm (March 13, 2005). "Heavenly Metal". The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2005/03/13/heavenly-metal.html. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ Daly, Helen (June 1, 2005). "HOT HOUSE: Reel FX Creative Studios Ramps Up for Animated Fare". Studio Daily. http://www.studiodaily.com/main/technique/craft/f/audio/HOT-HOUSE-Reel-FX-Creative-Studios-Ramps-Up-for-Animated-Fare_5184.html. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Webb, Cynthia D (January 16, 2005). "Reel FX moves to larger digs in Deep Ellum". Dallas Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2005/01/17/story8.html. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Connelly, Brendon (April 23, 2009). "Dreamworks Teaming Up With William Joyce For The Guardians of Childhood". SlashFIlm. http://www.slashfilm.com/dreamworks-teaming-up-with-william-joyce-for-the-guardians-of-childhood/. Retrieved September 23, 2009. 
  7. ^ "New Talent for Louisiana". PR Newswire. August 6, 2009. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-talent-for-louisiana-62168667.html. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ LeBlanc-Berry, Lisa (January 2011). "William Joyce: Making art come to life". Ourhouse.biz. http://ourhouse.biz/stories/home-garden/featured-homes/william-joyce-making-art-come-to-life.html. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ Donahoo, Daniel (May 31, 2011). "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a Game-Changing eBook App". Wired. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/05/lessmore/. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ ""The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" Nominated for Best Animated Short in 2011 Oscars". MarketWatch. January 24, 2012. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-fantastic-flying-books-of-mr-morris-lessmore-nominated-for-best-animated-short-in-2011-oscars-2012-01-24. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Mitchell, Jon (January 11, 2012). "The Numberlys Invent the Alphabet In a World Run By Numbers". Read Write Web. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/the_numberlys.php. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Names All-Star Cast Featuring Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law for Rise of the Guardians on November 21, 2012" (Press release). DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. 2011-01-27. http://ir.dreamworksanimation.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=545929. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  13. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2010-01-10). "Taking Aim at the Big Names in Animated Film". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/business/media/11bluesky.html. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  14. ^ "Cheney-killed New Yorker cover finds new life". New Orleans CityBusiness. September 13, 2006. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4200/is_20060913/ai_n16720756/. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ Breznican, Anthony (March 29, 2012). "You'd better watch out for DreamWorks Animation's 'Rise of the Guardians' -- NEW PICS & TRAILER". Entertainment Weekly. http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/03/29/rise-of-guardians-first-look/. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mary Katherine Joyce Obituary". Shreveport Times. May 5, 2010. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/shreveporttimes/obituary.aspx?n=mary-katherine-joyce&pid=142501679&fhid=6593. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King". Simon & Schuster. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Nicholas-St-North-and-the-Battle-of-the-King/Laura-Geringer/Guardians-of-Childhood-The/9781442430488. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  18. ^ "E. Aster Bunnymund and the Battle of the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core". Simon & Schuster. http://books.simonandschuster.com/E-Aster-Bunnymund-and-the-Battle-of-the-Warrior/William-Joyce/Guardians-The/9781442449916. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Toothiana". Simon & Schuster. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Toothiana/William-Joyce/Guardians-The/9781442430525. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  20. ^ "The Man in the Moon". Simon & Schuster. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Man-in-the-Moon/William-Joyce/Guardians-of-Childhood-The/9781442430419. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Sanderson Man Snoozy (w.t.)". Simon & Schuster. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Sanderson-Man-Snoozy-(w-t-)/William-Joyce/Guardians-of-Childhood-The/9781442430426. Retrieved March 3, 2012.