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Guardians of Childhood Jack Frost

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.

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!”

Now Hiring: Artist

­Moonbot Studios is a multi-platform storytelling studio specializing in feature-quality animation, book publishing, games and mobile app development. Moonbot employs a select group of animators, digital artists, programmers and developers who produce award-winning films, books and digital media. For further information, visit www.moonbotstudios.com.

Job Title: Artist
Job Hours:  Full-Time, 45 Hours/Week
Reports to:  Art Department Lead, Directors, and Creative Partners

Job Summary:

An Artist at Moonbot is one who possesses the ability to visualize a narrative and apply their skills to all aspects of the story’s design. The Artist will have excellent drawing skills through both traditional and digital means. This artist will be tasked to add dimension to and enhance projects in development in a creative and cogent manner for different applications and media forms.

Skills/Abilities/Education:

  • A demonstrable portfolio of traditional and digital drawing and painting
  • Extensive experience with the Adobe Creative Suite programs
  • Experience with character designs and turnarounds
  • Experience with storyboarding and creation of animatics is a plus
  • Preferred skills include experience with 3D animation, maquette sculpting and digital filmmaking.
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and to interact successfully with other artists, technical colleagues and directors
  • Self-managed and self-disciplined with the ability to take direction and constructive criticism and adapt accordingly
  • Must take initiative in handling above duties and additional tasks which will aid the function of the organization
  • Must be flexible- Moonbot Studios is a growing venture working in cutting-edge and highly creative technologies. Members of the Moonbot team wear multiple hats. Our employees approach their jobs in a serious manner but in an environment that is conducive to free expression and creativity.
  • Must be currently legally authorized to work in the United States and willing to relocate to Shreveport, Louisiana.

Submit resumes & links to portfolios to Moonbot:             Via email at recruiting@moonbotstudios.com

Moonbot Studios is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

William Joyce’s Q&A

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.

rareapplepie: 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?

WJ: Yes, but they couldn’t see him.

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The Scarecrow - Behind the Scenes

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Got a chance to see the Oscar-nominated animated shorts tonight, and there were some impressive clips nominated, including a cute Pixar short. But all pale in comparison to “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” above, which on a purely animation level is on a whole ‘nother level. But what’s even more fascinating is that the clip is also available as an iPad app in interactive story form, which is pretty frickin’ fascinating and a great publishing model for short films. (Ironically, the film is about how great the printed book is.) Is MoonBot Studios the next Pixar? Maybe it’s too soon to ask that (though it has a former Pixar staffer at the helm), but you certainly feel like they’re onto something.

EDIT: Changed it to a non-private video.

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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.”

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‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

Concept Art

heybilljoyce: Jacks staff came from an a willow that stood on the ancient burial grounds of Mohican Indians. The Mohicans called it Warriors Willow for from its branches came the strongest and most flexible bows, staffs and arrows that their warriors and hunters fashioned. The warrior dead of the tribe were buried among the willows roots and each limb was said to have the spirit of a warrior within its heartwood who could help the person that wielded it, but only if that being were brave and true of heart. Jacks staff was his friend, his comrade his protector. It would alert him to danger. It could focus jacks power to speak to the wind and learn the language of leaves. It’s name was Twinetender. If you want information on the new Jack Frost book go to http://moonbotstudios.com/jackfrost #Inktober #jackfrost #jackfrostcosplay #goc #ROTG #pitch.

I’m trying to get better at my pen work. I started this one out with a brush pen for the shapes. Then scurried back to the safety of my charcoals. I m so brave with charcoal but such a wus with the pen. Gotta get braver.

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Might as well share–I helped make this!

Moonbot teamed up with Dolby to make this short. We made it all, start to finish, in about 10 weeks. It was crazy! But it was fun having everyone at the studio hunker down on one big project together. (Usually there’s tons of different things going on.) 

Aaaand if you were curious – I designed/modeled the little girl and rigged her face, did a bunch of prop modeling and texturing, and lit the sequence where Morris is on the bridge thru the zombie attack (but only the actual movie shots, not the reactions of the girl at the organ). And I guess I did some super duper early storyboard stuff. Busy bumblebee level 10 

Enjoy!