William Joyce is a children's book author, illustrator and filmmaker. He has been writing books since The Eighties, many of which have become classics, such as "A Day with Wilbur Robinson", "George Shrinks" and "Dinosaur Bob". Perhaps his lasting impression on readers has been assisted by the many films based on his work by various studios made in the past decade, and he was personally involved in all of them. He has also started his own small studio, Moonbot Studios, that have been a part of development on more recent book titles, animated shorts and eBook apps.
He is currently developing a book series called "The Guardians of Childhood", slated to be a 15-book series, on which the 2012 Dreamworks Animation film Rise of the Guardians will be based. Two books are already released.
- George Shrinks (1985)
- Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (1988)
- A Day with Wilbur Robinson (1990)
- Bently & Egg (1992)
- Santa Calls (1993)
- The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs (1996)
- Rolie Polie Olie (1999)
- Snowie Rolie (2000)
- Sleepy Time Olie (2001)
- Big Time Olie (2002)
- The Man in the Moon (2011)
- Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (2011)
- E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! (2012)
- Toy Story (1995) - conceptual designer (with Disney/Pixar)
- A Bugs Life (1998) - conceptual designer (with Disney/Pixar)
- Robots (2005) - producer, writer, production designer (with Blue Sky)
- Meet the Robinsons (2007) - writer, producer (with Disney)
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011) - writer, director, character designer (short, with Moonbot Studios)
- Rise of the Guardians (planned for 2012) - writer, producer, co-director (with Dreamworks Animation)
- Leaf Men (planned for 2013) - writer, producer (with Blue Sky)
Tropes associated with William Joyce:
- Author Appeal: Circular shapes, whimsical characters, robots, and fantastical plots, just to name a few.
- Black and White Morality
- Motif: Chris Wedge, on the DVD Commentary of Robots, described Joyce's designs as having "circles within circles."
- Scenery Porn: All his illustrations contain epic, fantastical environments. Even those that take place in an ordinary setting.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Tends to fall to the "Ideal" side.