William Joyce (writer)
|Born||William Edward Joyce|
December 11, 1957
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Author, illustrator, filmmaker|
|Education||Southern Methodist University|
|Spouse||Frances Elizabeth Baucum Joyce (1960-2016)|
William Edward Joyce (born December 11, 1957) is an American writer, illustrator, and filmmaker. His illustrations have appeared on numerous covers of The New Yorker and his paintings are displayed nationwide. For the short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011), Joyce won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards.
He has written and illustrated over 50 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 13 books.
Film and television
Joyce has received three Emmys for Rolie Polie Olie, a Canadian animated television series based on his series of children's books that aired on Disney Channel (part of Playhouse Disney block). His second television series, George Shrinks, used to air daily on PBS stations.
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 computer-animated film Robots (2005). Besides being one of the creators, Joyce also served as a producer and production designer.
In 2005, Joyce and Reel FX launched a joint venture, Aimesworth Amusements, to produce feature films, video games and books. The new company announced plans to make three feature films: The Guardians of Childhood, The Mischevians, and Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo. The first of those projects, The Guardians of Childhood was developed by DreamWorks Animation into the feature film, Rise of the Guardians. It was released in 2012 and is based on Joyce's book series and the short film Man in the Moon, directed by Joyce.
In 2007, Disney released Meet the Robinsons, a feature film 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 August 2009, Joyce and Reel FX co-founder Brandon Oldenburg founded a Shreveport-based animation and visual effects studio MOONBOT Studios. The studio produced an Oscar-winning animated short film and an iPad app The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. A book adaption was released in summer 2012. The studio released in January 2012 another app, Numberlys, with a short film and a book announced to come later.
Awards and accolades
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 February 26, 2012, he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
|2012||The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore||Best Animated Short Film||Won|
William Joyce lives with his son Jackson Edward Joyce in Shreveport, Louisiana. His daughter, Mary Katherine, died from a brain tumor at the age of 18 on May 2, 2010. Rise of the Guardians, a film inspired by stories Joyce told her while young and later resulted in The Guardians of Childhood book series, was dedicated to her memory, reading “For Mary Katherine Joyce, a Guardian Fierce and True” during the credits.  The main character of Epic, which is also based on Joyce's book, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, was named after her. His wife, Frances Elizabeth Baucum Joyce, who was a Shreveport attorney, died on January 20, 2016 at the age of 55, after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
In 2006, Joyce founded the Katrinarita Gras Foundation to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane 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.
Works by William Joyce
In May 2017, Atheneum Young Readers released the picture book Bently & Egg, A Day with Wilbur Robinson, of which the film version is entitled Meet the Robinsons, and Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo. All are under the label The World of William Joyce.
Note: All books are written and illustrated by William Joyce, except as noted
- My First Book of Nursery Tales, retold by Marianna Mayer and illustrated by William Joyce (1983)
- Tammy and the Gigantic Fish by Catherine & James Gray, illustrated by William Joyce (1983)
- Waiting for Spring Stories by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by William Joyce (1984)
- William Joyce's Mother Goose, illustrated by William Joyce (1984)
- George Shrinks (1985)
- Shoes, written by Elizabeth Winthrop (1986)
- Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (1988)
- Humphrey's Bear by Jan Wahl, illustrated by William Joyce (1989)
- Some of the Adventures of Rhode Island Red by Stephen Manes, illustrated by William Joyce (1990)
- A Day with Wilbur Robinson (1990)
- Nicholas Cricket by Joyce Maxner, illustrated by William Joyce (1991)
- Bently & Egg (1992)
- Santa Calls (1993)
- Don't Wake the Princess: Hopes, Dreams, and Wishes, Cover art (1993)
- A Wiggly, Jiggly, Joggly Tooth by Bill Hawley, illustrated by William Joyce (1995)
- The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs (1996), Play (premiere at Strand Theatre, Shreveport) - 1998
- Buddy (1997)
- World of William Joyce Scrapbook by William Joyce, photos by Philip Gould and design by Christine Kettner (1997)
- Life with Bob (board book) (1998)
- Baseball Bob (board book) (1999)
- The Art of Robots (2004)
- The Art of Rise of the Guardians (2012)
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2012)
- The Mischievians (2013)
- The Numberlys, co-illustrated with Christina Ellis (2014)
- A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack (2014)
- Billy's Booger (2015)
- Ollie's Odyssey (2016)
- Bently & Egg (2017)
Rolie Polie Olie series
- Rolie Polie Olie (1999)
- Rolie Polie Olie: How Many Howdys? (board book) (1999)
- Rolie Polie Olie: A Little Spot of Color (board book) (2000)
- Rolie Polie Olie: Polka Dot! Polka Dot! (board book) (2000)
- Snowie Rolie (2000)
- Rolie Polie Olie - Character Books: Olie, Spot, Zowie, Billie (2001)
- Sleepy Time Olie (2001)
- Big Time Olie (2002)
- Busy Books - Peakaboo You!, Rolie Polie Shapes, Be My Pal!, Rocket Up, Rolie! (2002)
The Guardians of Childhood series
- Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, written with Laura Geringer (2011) 
- E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! (2012)
- Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies (2012)
- The Sandman and the War of Dreams (2013)
- Jack Frost: The End Becomes the Beginning (2018)
- The Man in the Moon (2011)
- The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (2012)
- Jack Frost (2015)
|1995||Toy Story||Conceptual and art design|
|1997||Buddy||Screenwriter & Co-Producer||Screen story|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Conceptual and art design|
Producer & Production Designer
|2007||Meet the Robinsons||Writer[b]
|2007||Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium||Production Designer||Main title sequence design|
|2011||The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore||Director & Writer|
|2012||Rise of the Guardians||Writer[c]
|2013||Epic||Writer, Production Designer, & Executive Producer|
|2013||The Scarecrow||Executive Producer|
|2013||The Numberlys||Director, Writer|
|2014||The Cask of Amontillado||Director|
|TBA||The Great Gatsby||Director||Animated film adaptation|
|1998–2004||Rolie Polie Olie||Created by, based on the book series of the same name|
|2000–2003||George Shrinks||Created by, based on the book of the same name|
- The original book A Day with Wilbur Robinson.
- The original books The Guardians of Childhood and The Man in the Moon.
- "Guardian of Childhood: William Joyce". NCCIL.org. National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. Archived from the original on May 27, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- "William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood". ArkellMuseum.org. Arkell Museum. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- Godby, Corey. "Exhibition: William Joyce". MuddyColors.com. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios Wins Best Animated Short in 2011 Oscars". MoonbotStudios.com. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- Jardine, William (July 29, 2012). "Interview: William Joyce, Moonbot Studios Co-Founder and Co-Director of Morris Lessmore". A113 Animation. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
- Jones, Malcolm (March 13, 2005). "Heavenly Metal". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- Daly, Helen (June 1, 2005). "HOT HOUSE: Reel FX Creative Studios Ramps Up for Animated Fare". Studio Daily. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
- Webb, Cynthia D. (January 16, 2005). "Reel FX moves to larger digs in Deep Ellum". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- Connelly, Brendon (April 23, 2009). "Dreamworks Teaming Up With William Joyce for the Guardians of Childhood". SlashFIlm. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
- McCarthy, Todd (October 11, 2012). "Rise of the Guardians: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- "New Talent for Louisiana". PR Newswire. August 6, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
- LeBlanc-Berry, Lisa (January 2011). "William Joyce: Making art come to life". Ourhouse.biz. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- Donahoo, Daniel (May 31, 2011). "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a Game-Changing eBook App". Wired. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- ""The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" Nominated for Best Animated Short in 2011 Oscars". MarketWatch. January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- Mitchell, Jon (January 11, 2012). "The Numberlys Invent the Alphabet in a World Run By Numbers". Read Write Web. Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- Barnes, Brooks (January 10, 2010). "Taking Aim at the Big Names in Animated Film". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
- Giardina, Carolyn (February 22, 2021). "'The Great Gatsby' Animated Feature in Development". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
- Newsweek (April 21, 1997). "The Century Club". Newsweek. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
- Breznican, Anthony (March 29, 2012). "You'd better watch out for DreamWorks Animation's 'Rise of the Guardians' – NEW PICS & TRAILER". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
- "Mary Katherine Joyce Obituary". Shreveport Times. May 5, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
- Feinberg, Scott (October 15, 2012). "'Rise of the Guardians' Unveiled, Rises to Top Tier of Animated Contenders (Analysis)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
Ramsey included a dedication to her at the end of the film, a gesture for which Joyce said he is very appreciative.
- Desowitz, Bill (May 16, 2013). "Immersed in Movies: Chris Wedge Gets 'Epic'". Animation Scoop. Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- Talamo, Lex (January 21, 2016). "Updated: Services announced for Elizabeth Joyce". Shreveport Times. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
- "Cheney-killed New Yorker cover finds new life". New Orleans CityBusiness. September 13, 2006. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- Chere Dastugue Coen (May 1, 2017). "New title out this week by bestselling Louisiana author". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
- "My First Book of Nursery Tales". Archived from the original on April 16, 2017. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
- Gray, Catherine; Gray, James (March 1991). Tammy and the Gigantic Fish. ISBN 0064432637.
- Roberts, Bethany (1984). Waiting for Spring Stories. ISBN 0060250615.
- "William Joyce's Mother Goose".
- Joyce, William (October 2, 1985). George Shrinks. ISBN 0060230703.
- "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore". Moonbot Studios. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- "The Mischievians". Moonbot Studios. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- "The Numberlys". Moonbot Studios. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- "A Bean, A Stalk And A Boy Named Jack". Moonbot Studios. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- "Billy's Booger". Moonbot Studios. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- "Ollie's Odyssey". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
- "Bently & Egg". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
- "Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
- "E. Aster Bunnymund and the Battle of the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
- "Toothiana". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- "The Sandman and the War of Dreams". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
- "The Man in the Moon". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
- "Sanderson Man Snoozy (w.t.)". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to William Joyce (writer).|
- Official website
- William Joyce at IMDb
- The Guardians of Childhood
- William Joyce at Encyclopedia of World Biography
- National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature Archived June 24, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
- William Joyce at publisher HarperCollins
- William Joyce at Library of Congress Authorities, with 50 catalog records