Curiosity Expert: William Joyce
Co-Founder, Moonbot Studios, LA LLC
A true luminary and creative spirit, William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children's media. He wrote his first book in the fourth grade, and has since produced many award-winning, best-selling classics that are loved by both children and adults. His picture books include George Shrinks, Santa Calls, Dinosaur Bob and his Adventures with the Family Lazardo, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, A Day with Wilbur Robinson, Bently & Egg, and the Rolie Polie Olie series, which has grown into a popular animated children's program, earning Joyce three Emmy awards.
Hailed by Newsweek as one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium, William Joyce's distinct and striking drawings and imaginative storytelling depict a world full of whimsy, fun and adventure. He has lent his creative expertise to the feature film world by creating conceptual characters for such films as Toy Story and A Bug's Life. Joyce's second television series, George Shrinks, aired daily on PBS stations across the country. He was also the producer and production designer for the critically acclaimed animated feature film Robots and was the executive producer of the Disney Feature Animation film, Meet the Robinsons, which is based on his picture book, A Day with Wilbur Robinson.
Joyce is currently co-directing the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians inspired by his new book series. He is also the writer, producer and production designer on the Fox Studio feature film, The Leaf Men, based on his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.
In addition to being a recognized figure in the world of children's literature and animated films, Joyce's illustrations have appeared numerous times on the cover of The New Yorker and his paintings are displayed at museums and art galleries across the nation. And he has entered the world of interactive digital media with the app The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an award-winning short film.
William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their family. The Man in the Moon, the first picture book in the Guardians of Childhood series, marks his return to the world of children's books.