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Creator / William Steig

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William Steig (November 14, 1907 – October 3, 2003) was an American cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker for more than seven decades, and in his later life a writer and illustrator of children's books.

He is best known for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Shrek, the latter of the two becoming a massive animated franchise. He was the U.S. nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and as a writer in 1988.


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Associated tropes:

  • Animated Adaptation:
    • Doctor DeSoto was made into a 1984 animated short.
    • Abel's Island was made into a 1989 animated short.
    • Shrek, of course, became a hit franchise, with five feature films (including the spin-off, Puss in Boots), eight short films, two television specials, and two television series.
  • Anti-Hero: Shrek, due to his ugliness and coarser qualities.
  • Animal Stereotypes: All of his animal-focused stories have these.
  • Fairy Tale: His stories are modern fairy tales.
  • The Middle Ages: Shrek takes place in a parody version of this, complete with magical creatures like ogres and fairies.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: C D B! and its sequel, C D C?, are collections of unrelated cartoon drawings whose captions are broken down into letters and numbers, apparently meant to be read aloud by very young children.
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  • Rhymes on a Dime: Every character in Shrek possesses this style of speech, and when they don't, they use alliteration.
  • Shown Their Work: His stories demonstrate keen observation of the appearance and behavior of animals.
  • World of Funny Animals: Nearly every work of his. Two examples are "Dr. DeSoto", which is about a mouse who is a dentist, and "The Zabajaba Jungle", which is about a dreamy rainforest with giant butterflies, writhing snakes, and an ungainly bird named Flora.