Some early exploration sketches I made for a project about Usain Bolt for Gatorade. It was a lot of fun trying to capture his athleticism in a pretty simplified/flat style, and the short turned out awesome - check it The Boy Who Learned to Fly! Art & film property of Moonbot LLC
(Fun fact, I also ended up modeling teen & adult Usain. And the sweet sweet pupper who hits his head.)
ISBN: 978-1442430433 Released Date: October 27, 2015 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Pages: 48 Author: William Joyce
Discover how Jack Frost keeps the hearts of children happy in the third picture book in Academy Award winner William Joyce’s New York Times bestselling and “dazzlingly inventive” (Publishers Weekly) The Guardians of Childhood series.
Before Jack Frost was Jack Frost, he was Nightlight, the most trusted and valiant companion of Mim, the Man in the Moon. But when Pitch destroys Mim’s world, he nearly destroys Nightlight too, sending him plunging to Earth where, like Peter Pan, he is destined to remain forever a boy, frozen in time. And while Nightlight has fun sailing icy winds and surfing clouds, he is also lonely without his friend Mim. To keep the cold in his heart from taking over, he spreads it to the landscapes around him and earns a new name: Jack Overland Frost.
But a true friend always comes through, and on one particularly bleak night, Mim shines down and shows Jack a group of children in great peril. Through helping them, Jack finds the warmth he’s been yearning for, and realizes bringing joy to others can melt his own chill. It is this realization—that there will always be children who need moments of bravery, who need rosy cheeks, who need to build snowmen, and who are then eager for a spring day—that makes Jack realize why he is a forever boy, and worthy of becoming a Guardian of Childhood.
Check out some of William Joyce’s answers about Rise of the Guardians, The Guardians of Childhood and… the ROTG SEQUEL?!?!
thatbrat: Dear Mr. Joyce, I know many people don’t give him much thought when talking about the movie, Rise of the Guardians, but for me, the character I was able to relate to the most was young Jamie Bennett. I saw so much of myself in him from when I was a child, and can still relate to his wanting to believe in fantastical beings and pursuit for the truth of the supernatural. I also thought his relationship with Jack was especially endearing and significant. So, getting down to it, my question is: can we expect to see more of him, specifically in Guardians of Childhood? Also, if you’ve given any thought to it, what would he be like as a teenager? What would his aspirations be?
WJ: Jamie was our way of giving the audience a sort of identifiable every kid. So as his character took shape we just thought of the things we wanted him to embody that we all had felt about belief and imagination and that sort of fall from grace when you have to accept the fact that a lot of these things aren’t real. But the belief in them is really the most awesome part of the experience, and in the way it makes these characters real. I want to leave Jamie exactly as he is and let people like yourself imagine his further adventures.
KSClaw: Dear Mr. Joyce, where did you get your initial ideas for Nicholas St. North from your Guardian of Childhood series? How did you come up with that he started out as a Bandit King?
WJ: 1. I came up with the idea when i was in the 3rd grade when I saw my first James Bond move with Sean Connery and I thought Santa Claus must be as cool as Sean Connery and I came up with an early idea of what his life must be like: a super cool spy bandit from bandit from long ago. 2. Sort of the same thing it seemed more interesting that he started out as not a totally good guy, but became a good guy because of what happened to him. It was sort of merging Robin Hood and James Bond because Robin Hood was a normal guy and became a hero because of what was going on around him. He became a hero for the underprivileged, and kids are always treated as second class citizens and Santa Claus’ mission was to make their lives easier and inventive and full of imagination.
Hello! I have a couple of questions of you!
1. Is there going to be a book for Pitch in the Guardians of Childhood series? 2. Are we going to get a Rise of the Guardians sequel? I’ve heard whispers and rumors, but I wanted to ask you guys~ 3. Will there ever be any hope of actually getting good, quality merchandise for Rise of the Guardians? Things like…Jack’s Hoodie, maybe a toy Ruby Memory box, stuffed plushie Nightmares, maybe even something cute like a Sandman Nightight? All of your fans would -love- to have stuff like that!
WJ: Maybe. I’m thinking about. I just finished the Jack Frost book. Everyone who wants a sequel to happen to call Jeffrey Katzenberg at Dreamworks studio, and not to hang up until you talk to him. Tell them how essential it is that another Rise of the Guardians film be made. As for the merchandise, call Jeffrey Katzenberg [laughs] send him telegrams, letters, fruitcakes, pints of blood, anything that’ll get them to do this very simple, profitable, and necessary extension of our global culture. And bless you all.
KSCLaw: What was the inspiration for Bunnymund from Guardians of Childhood, and how chocolate affects him (such as the transformations)?
WJ: The inspiration for Bunnymund was a play from the 1950s – and a movie – called Harvey starting Jimmy Stewart. In which Jimmy Stewart’s best friend is a six foot all knowing all powerful invisible rabbit named Harvey. Harvey is described as a Pooka a creature of Celtic mythology. I loved that play and movie as a kid and I still love it. So I made Bunnymund the last of the Pooka’s and gave them a history that amused and delighted me and I tried to do honor to the original concept of Harvey. The chocolate thing, it just made narrative sense.
JokulFrosti1: William when you were making Rise Of The Guardians do you ever planned on naming Jack’s sister? And if so what would be her name?
WJ: That’s a closely guarded secret, but if you contact Jeffrey Katzenberg at Dreamworks Studios to know the answer in a sequel to Rise of the Guardians I think that’s the best shot you have to knowing the answer.
JokulFrosti1: Did Jack meet his “family” (the one we see in flashbacks in ROTG) between his (as Nightlight) battle with Pitch but before he officially became Jack Frost?
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William Joyce on Instagram: #jackfrost #rotg “Jack’s cold and lonely heart brought snow that turned the world white all around” From the upcoming book. This image was the most calming to paint. White is so abstract and and mood so quiet and cold. The tree a lyrical twining of branches and curly-q’s. The the intense spattering of whites to make snow. The mood is solemn but it was fun as hell to paint.
William Joyce: Clouds have been on my mind. This ones from my rise of the guardians Jack Frost book coming out from Simon and Schuster in the fall. Jack is looking for his memories. He saved the Man in the moon way back when both were part of the golden age. Then Pitch came. Complications ensued.
William Joyce on Instagram: “Hey JACK FROST and #ROTG fans! This month for #Inktober, I’ll be creating special ink sketches focusing on JACK FROST! His past! His present! His future! Meet his closest secret friends. See his formal attire. Go to some of his unknown hide outs. Discover some of his ancient enemies. Loads of never before revealed JACK FROST facts.
Are you fascinated by JACK FROST too? This October, share your Jack Frost fan art by tagging me (@heybilljoyce) and use the hashtag #Inktober to be entered to win a weekly giveaway, including one of my ink sketches, Jack Frost books and other surprises. A winner every week!”
The town of Burgess real name is Hawthorne, named after Nathaniel Hawthorne!
heybilljoyce: No dammit! Dreamworks changed the name! It’s called Hawthorne. After Nathaniel Hawthorne. Scarlet letter. Twice told tales. The wonder book. The tangle wood tales. It made perfect sense!! Jack is so Hawthornian! And they promised to change it back but they didn’t. So. The tree is in the county of Hawthorne. And yes children often go there. They know it is somehow special.
William Joyce on Instagram: “After Jack had been victorious in his penultimate battle with Pitch he went through many extraordinary changes. He was able to physically age (up to a point) or become younger at will. It was during one of these periods that he made the acquaintance of many artists and intellectuals of the Belle Epoch. The poet Rimbaud, Whistler, Sargent, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and Poe all found the company of this “young Mr Frost” to be both memorable and haunting. At the height of her considerable fame the dancer Isadora Duncan threatened to jump into the then active volcano on the island of Stromboli if jack did not marry her. Here is Jack as drawn by the then young William Dana Gibson. #ROTG #jackfrost #Inktober”
William Joyce appears at the 2011 National Book Festival.
William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children’s media. His picture books include “George Shrinks,” “Dinosaur Bob” and “Santa Calls.” He has won three Emmy awards for his “Rolie Polie Olie” animated series, developed character concepts for the animated features “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life,” and made films, including “Robots” and “Meet the Robinsons.” He is currently co-directing the DreamWorks Animation release of “Rise of the Guardians,” inspired by his new series. His new book is “The Man in the Moon.”