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You'd better watch out for DreamWorks Animation's 'Rise of the Guardians' -- NEW PICS & TRAILER

Have you ever believed in something so strongly that you made it real?

William Joyce definitely has.

The artist and storyteller, who wrote the books Dinosaur Bob and George Shrinks and did character design for the movies Toy Story and Robots, wanted his daughter, Mary Katherine, and son, Jack, to have no shadow of doubt that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were real. So he began planting evidence — like a bad cop, or maybe the world’s best dad.

Those efforts have led to a series of books and an upcoming 3-D film from DreamWorks Animation, Rise of the Guardians, in which tough-as-nails versions of childhood icons join forces to combat a Boogeyman named Pitch.

With a new trailer showing off the Nov. 21 movie, Joyce takes a deep dive with EW on the story behind his backstories.

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'Fantastic Flying Books' storytellers float to cloud nine with Oscar victory

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Everybody who claims an Academy Award is feeling pretty good in that moment, but perhaps no pair of winners on Sunday night were walking on air as much as the directors of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Oldenburg (low) and Joyce (high) — AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock

In lofty terms, the short is about the immortality of storytelling. In simple terms, it’s about an avid reader who discovers a flock of flying books and becomes caretaker for their library-aviary.

Directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg were also hovering just above the ground Sunday after claiming their Oscar win over powerhouse Pixar. Maybe they should have been accustomed to success with this animated short already — it was created as both a 15-minute film and an interactive storybook app that has become massively popular. (If you haven’t heard about it yet, sorry: You’re late to the party.)

But the Oscar, man… That just seemed to push them over the top. READ FULL STORY

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