William Joyce: A "Vast Story Armada" to Defend Childhood (a little longer, anyway)

Dec 5, 2012

Last weekend’s returns at movie theater box offices were, perhaps, not all that surprising.  The latest installment in the Twilight series remains on top, followed, for a second straight week, by “Skyfall,” the latest James Bond movie.

Author/illustrator William Joyce shows off his dapper outer space attire in a recent self portrait.
Credit William Joyce

The one shift in the top five was a flip-flopping of the number 3 and 4 movies.  Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” fell one place, as the animated film, “Rise of the Guardians” took over the third place spot.

That movie is based on a series of children’s books that bring together the lives of the heroes of childhood – Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and others in a collective battle against the villain Pitch.

"Once you find out the truth about these guys... there's no going back.  So if you can just sort of keep that spark alive a little longer, it seems worthy." - William Joyce, author of "The Guardians of Childhood" series

The series was dreamed up – and illustrated in print - by author William Joyce, who co-wrote the screenplay.  There are actually two lines in the series – a set of picture books, and a series of young adult novels.  William Joyce was in Milwaukee this fall to talk about them, and joined Mitch Teich in the studio. 

"The Rise of the Guardians" is not Joyce's first bruch with movie fame.  He and his studio produced the film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," won an Oscar for Best Animated Short.