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. 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). He was also a story supervisor for the film. He had just finished his assignment as head of story for the 2006 movie Cars.
- The Brave Little Toaster (1987 - voice of Elmo St. Peters, Screenplay and Story, directing animator)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988 - Story Artist)
- Oliver & Company (1988 - Story)
- The Little Mermaid (1989 - Storysketch Artist: animation)
- The Rescuers Down Under (1990 - Animation Screenplay, Story Supervisor)
- Beauty and the Beast (1991 - Story and provided several cartoon screams)
- Rugrats (1992 - voice of Man SWAT Officer #1)
- Aladdin (1992 - Story and provided several cartoon screams)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993 - Storyboard Supervisor, voice of Igor)
- The Lion King (1994 - Story)
- James and the Giant Peach (1996 - Storyboard Supervisor)
- A Night at the Roxbury (1998 - voice of Hottie Dancer)
- A Bug's Life (1998 - voice of Heimlich, Story, Story Supervisor)
- Fantasia 2000 (1999 - Additional Art: story)
- Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (2000-2005 - voice of The Ferocious Beast)
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000 - voice of Wheezy)
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001 - voice of James)
- Monsters, Inc. (2001 - voice of Pete "Claws" Ward, Story Artist)
- Monkeybone (2001 - Streetsquash Rabbit)
- Finding Nemo (2003 - voice of Jacques)
- The Incredibles (2004 - Additional Voices)
- Corpse Bride (2005 - Executive Producer)
- Mater and the Ghostlight (2006 - Story)
- Larry Carroll (August 18, 2005). "'Toy Story' Writer Dies When Car Tumbles Into The Ocean". MTV News. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- 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.
- Sarah Baisley (August 19, 2005). "Services Set for Story Genius Joe Ranft". AWN, Inc. Retrieved December 30, 2016.