Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Living Despite Tragedy, Into Laughter and Joy
Hilarious, so fantastically funny!
Yet this and many more creative ventures, filled with childlike wonder and humor, are created by William Joyce in the midst of tragedy, despite terrible loss in his own family. So much sorrow, so much loss.
"William Edward "Bill" Joyce...is an American writer, illustrator, and filmmaker. His illustrations appeared on numerous New Yorker covers and his paintings are displayed at museums and art galleries. Joyce won a 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film with Brandon Oldenburg--The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
Joyce has received three Emmys for Rolie Polie Olie...created conceptual characters for Disney/Pixar's feature films Toy Story (1995) and A Bug's Life (1998).
Bill Joyce lives with his son Jackson Edward Joyce in Shreveport, Louisiana. His daughter, Mary Katherine, died from a brain tumor at the age of 18 on May 2, 2010.
Rise of the Guardians, a film inspired by stories Joyce told her while young and later resulted in the The Guardians of Childhood book series, was dedicated to her memory.
His wife, Frances Elizabeth Baucum Joyce...died on January 20, 2016 at the age of 55, after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis."
Live up, despite tragedy, despite heartbreak, despite loss. Give your best in memory of those you have lost.
Live in childlike wonder and the joy of laughter,