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Let’s get animated!!

It’s an exciting day, as this sees not only the public release of William’s first animated video, but also the creation of his very own YouTube channel. A big achievement for one so young! (8 years old next birthday!).

Rather than just take from the computer, hopefully William will develop this creative side, and although one dream of his is to create his own computer game, he’s making his start with the basics of animation.

It should be noted that although (in the role of Executive Producer!) Baba, a.k.a Andy Boyns made some suggestions and created the titling, the entire scenario you are about to see was in fact created by William himself, including the set, script, and rather cool camera pans. Thanks to Muvizu for creating such an intuitive program – one could almost say it’s child’s play to use!

It’s short and sweet, but what a terrific first animation project. Well done, William!

Thanks to all those who have offered their vocal talents for future projects – we look forward to seeing where this will go.

Message from Goofy

What a special treat to have a message from Goofy himself! While dad / Baba (Andy Boyns) was in Los Angeles earlier this year he met up with Bill Farmer, and brought this special message for me from Goofy…

Thanks Mr Farmer! Isn’t it great that we share the names William Robert – what a small world!

If you’d like to hear the rest of the conversation with Bill Farmer, check it out here: Bill Farmer – the Person Behind the Voice

William, Goofy, and Puffle

William, Goofy, and Puffle

Did I learn how to swim?

Although there’s been lots of fun in the pool and the sea before our holiday in North Cyprus, swimming has always been accompanied by armbands… What you’re about to see is the first wonderful strokes to swimming freedom, and maybe a Gold medal in the 2020 Olympics!

Congratulations, William!!

Note William’s question at the end, he asks “Did I learn how to swim?” (“Yüzmeyi öğrendim mi?”)

Yes, you did :-)

Next day moved on to coming up for air and more diving techniques… doing great!

Impromptu YoYo Lesson

In this final part of William’s Children’s Day video trilogy, here a bried impromptu YoYo lesson brought to you from the thriving hub of Kadıköy Istanbul. After watching this, if you become a YoYo Master/Ninja, you’ll know who to thank! Yo William!

If you haven’t done to already, make sure you check out:

Part One: Song

Children’s Day: The dog wanted to fly

Part Two: Dance

Dancing in the Street

Dancing in the street!

When was the last time you had so much fun you just wanted to dance? And when did you just do it?

Still in Kadıköy, Istanbul, for Children’s Day, 23rd April, it was impossible to hear this great 1920s jazz band play and not let go (and how appropriate as Chidren’s Day was first celebrated here in 1921). We also love our friend Penny Abshire‘s favourite quote, “Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music” (Comedian George Carlin)… So enjoy our April madness:

Did you check out William singing earlier on Children’s Day yet?

Children’s Day: The dog wanted to fly

Çocuk günü kutlu olsun!

Since the establishment of The Grand National Assembly of Turkey on 1920, April 23, Atatürk commemorated the event by declaring the day a public holiday under the banner “Children’s Day”. William joined in the celebrations in Kadıköy…

Starting off with a couple of paintings, William soon moved on to his star performance of the song, “Köpek uçmak istemiş” (“The Dog Wanted to Fly”).

Here are the words, so you can sing along too:

Köpek uçmak istemiş, bir gün kargaya gitmiş,
Karga ona anlatmış bizimki de inanmış
Tırmanmış koşa koşa balkonun kenarına,
Açmış bacaklarını, dikmiş kulaklarını,
Havlayıp birkaç kere, atmış kendini yere,
Köpek ölmüş vah vah vah,
Karga da gülmüş ha ha ha.

and a rough translation:

The dog wanted to fly, he went one day to the crow,
Crow told him to believe in himself
He ran and climbed up the edge of the balcony,
Streched his legs, pinned back his ears,
Barking a few times, threw himself down,
The dog died woe woe woe,
The crow laughed ha ha ha.

A Waltz, a Magic Dragon, and a Twinkling Star

Zehranur and William open the show

Last week saw William’s kindergarten class show at Üsküdar Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Primary School. Opening with a classic waltz, he went on to perform a short medley with his father (baba: Andy Boyns). Thanks to Ayşe, his teacher for sharing these clips…

William sings…

Watch out for the jury results at the end, here’s the full performance of the classics “Puff the Magic Dragon”, and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

If you’d like to sing along, too, here’s the accompanying video.

Puff the Magic Dragon (Redux)

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee


Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff,

and brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff. Oh


Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee


Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail

Jackie kept a lookout perched on Puff’s gigantic tail,

Noble kings and princes would bow whene’er they came,

Pirate ships would lower their flags when Puff roared out his name. Oh


Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Practicing for the show

Audiobook Stars Hail New Reader

If you enjoyed these, why not check out William telling a Teletubbies story – listen to it here, and read the reviews!

It’s a Wonderful World (with William)

Remarkably, William Boyns first appeared on the internet exactly six years ago… a day easy to remember as it was the day he was born! Remarkably this was before “social media” had really started: before the public launch of Facebook, and even the conception of Twitter. Even at birth, William was ahead of his time!

It therefore seems appropriate to launch this site on the sixth anniversary, William’s sixth birthday. So, “Happy Birthday, William”

This site will complement William’s Facebook page (please head over and “Like” this too…) and you can see that content on this site, even if you don’t have a Facebook account! We have lots more to add here, however… so please be sure to come back soon.

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Check out the “World Leaders” album for messages from William’s first birthday (also on Facebook), and leave your message for sixth birthday below!

Meanwhile here’s a few pictures of early birthday celebrations to be getting on with!

Happy Birthday, William!

Happy cake! (with baba/dad: Andy Boyns & anne/mum: Ayşe Gül Boyns)



Armed and ready for the future!