Bring the kids, or perhaps your inner child, to SMU’s 2013 Homecoming celebration: Author, illustrator and Oscar-winning filmmaker William Joyce ’81 will sign books and screen his 2012 Best Animated Short Film honoree to help kick off the festivities.
Milk and cookies will be served during the screening of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” taking place 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in Centennial Hall, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Children and book lovers are welcome, and the event is free and open to the public.
Joyce will also serve as grand marshal of SMU’s book-themed 2013 Homecoming parade Saturday Oct. 26, celebrating the University’s Year of the Library. This year’s parade begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of University Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue, travels south on Hillcrest, then north on Bishop Boulevard into campus.
Joyce’s two latest books are The Mischievians and The Sandman and the War of Dreams. He is also the author of Santa Calls, Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo, The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs and Bently & Egg. In addition, he created the “Rolie Polie Olie” animated children’s TV series, which has earned three Emmy awards.
Named by Newsweek as one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium, Joyce co-wrote and produced the recent animated film “Epic.” He also created conceptual characters for films such as Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. His second television series, based on his book George Shrinks, aired daily on PBS stations across the country. In addition, he was the producer and production designer for the critically acclaimed animated feature film “Robots” and was the executive producer of the Disney Feature Animation film “Meet the Robinsons,” based on his picture book A Day with Wilbur Robinson.
Joyce will be recognized as an SMU Centennial History Maker at the University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24.