Joe Ranft

American writer, animator and voice actor

Joseph Henry "Joe" Ranft (March 13, 1960 – August 16, 2005) was an American screenwriter, animator, storyboard artist, voice actor and magician. He worked for Pixar Animation Studios and The Walt Disney Company.[1] His brother, Jerome Ranft, is a sculptor who also worked on several Pixar movies.

He received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination as one of the writers of Toy Story (1995).[2] He was also a story supervisor for the film.[3] He had just finished his assignment as head of story for the 2006 movie Cars, when he was killed in a car crash.[3]

Feature FilmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Story
Supervisor
Story Artist Directing
Animator
Executive
Producer
Other Voice Role Notes
1987 The Brave Little Toaster[4] No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Elmo St. Peters/Clown
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit[5] No No No Yes No No No Animation: Storysketch
Oliver & Company[6] No Story No No No No No
1989 The Little Mermaid[6] No No No Yes No No No Storyboards
1990 The Rescuers Down Under[6] No Screenplay Yes No No No No Animation Screenplay
1991 Beauty and the Beast[6] No Story No No No No No
1992 Aladdin No Story No No No No No
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas[7][6] No No Yes No No No Yes Igor
1994 The Lion King[8] No Story No No No No No
1995 Toy Story[8] No Original Story Yes No No No Yes Lenny
1996 James and the Giant Peach[4] No No Yes No No No No
1998 A Bug's Life[8] No Original Story Yes No No No Yes Heimlich/Fly
1999 The Iron Giant[8] No Story No No No No No
Toy Story 2[8] No No Yes No No No Yes Wheezy/Heimlich Additional Story Material
Fantasia 2000[4] No No No Additional No No No Additional Artist: Story
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins No No No No No No Yes Wheezy Direct-to-video
2001 Monkeybone[9] No No No No No No Yes Streetsquashed Rabbit
Monsters, Inc.[8] No No No Yes No No Yes Pete "Claws" Ward Additional Story Material
2002 Treasure Planet No No No No No No Yes Pirates
2003 Finding Nemo No No No No No No Yes Jacques
2004 The Incredibles No No No No No No Yes Additional Voices
2005 Corpse Bride[4] No No No No No Yes Yes "In Memory of" Dedication
2006 Cars[10] Co-Director Yes Yes No No No Yes Red/Peterbilt

Short Films and TV SpecialsEdit

Year Title Writer Puppeteer Other Notes
1982 Fun with Mr. Future Yes No No
1983 Hansel and Gretel No Yes No TV Special
2006 Mater and the Ghostlight[11] Original Story No Yes End Credits Designer

DocumentariesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Pixar Story Himself "In Loving Memory of" Dedication, Very Special Thanks
2009 Waking Sleeping Beauty caricaturist "In Memory of" Dedication

Video GamesEdit

Year Title Voice Role
1996 Toy Story Animated Storybook Lenny
1998 A Bug's Life: The Video Game Heimlich
2002 Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Pete "Claws" Ward
2003 Finding Nemo: The Video Game[6] Jacques
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure Wheezy
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship Red (credit only)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Larry Carroll (August 18, 2005). "'Toy Story' Writer Dies When Car Tumbles Into The Ocean". MTV News. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  2. Charles Solomon (August 18, 2005). "Joe Ranft, 45; Artist for Pixar Animated Films, Voice of Heimlich in 'A Bug's Life'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sarah Baisley (August 19, 2005). "Services Set for Story Genius Joe Ranft". AWN, Inc. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Soloman, Charles (August 18, 2005). "Joe Ranft, 45; Artist for Pixar Animated Films, Voice of Heimlich in 'A Bug's Life'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  5. "Disney Legends « Disney D23". Legends.disney.go.com. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "Joe Ranft". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  7. Sragow, Michael (November 23, 1999). ""Toy" story man". Salon. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 "Pixar exec dies in car accident". Variety. August 18, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  9. "Joe Ranft". British Film Institute. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  10. Lowry, Brian (June 4, 2006). "Film Review: Cars". Variety. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  11. Amidi, Amid (2017). The Art of Pixar Short Films. Chronicle Books. pp. 41–42. ISBN 9781452165219.

Other websitesEdit

Joe Ranft on IMDb