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Creator / William Joyce

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William Edward "Bill" Joyce (born December 11, 1957) is an American children's book author, illustrator and filmmaker from Shreveport, Louisiana. He has been writing books since The '80s, many of which have become classics, such as A Day with Wilbur Robinson (the inspiration for the Disney film Meet the Robinsons), George Shrinks and Dinosaur Bob. Perhaps his lasting impression on readers has been assisted by the many films and TV shows based on his work by various studios made in the past couple of decades (such as Nelvana's adaptations of George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie), and he was personally involved in all of them. He has also started his own small studio, Moonbot Studios, in Shreveport which has been a part of development on more recent book titles, animated shorts and eBook apps. In 2012, he won an Academy Award for his short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

He is currently developing a book series called The Guardians of Childhood, slated to be a 12-book series, on which the 2012 DreamWorks Animation film Rise of the Guardians was based. Eight books are already released. He is also set to direct an animated adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

As of 2015, Joyce also teams with Moonbot cofounder Brandon Oldenburg to host the Turner Classic Movies series TCM Movie Camp, which presents family-oriented classic films on Sunday nights during the summer months.


  • 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)
  • The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson ManSnoozy (2012)
  • Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies (2012)
  • The Numberlys (2014)
  • Ollie's Odyssey (2016)


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  • You Are Number 6: In The Numberlys, all of the characters have only numbers and no proper names until a group of five children invents the alphabet.