Joe Ranft

Born March 13, 1960
Died August 16, 2005

Screen writer, Storyboard Artist, Animator, and Voice Actor.

*Bio Summary*
Born in 1960, Ranft was raiser in Whittier, California. He studied character animation at Cal Arts alongside John Lasseter and Brad Bird. Joe wanted to write children's books and moved to Seattle with his wife Su. When he couldn't find work he ended up storyboarding *Nightmare Before Christmas. *While he was in the Bay Area, John Lasseter asked him to join the staff at Pixar. He became John Lasseter's main collaborator from 1991 to 2005. He was Pixar's Head of Story during that period as well as the voice of some Pixar characters.

*Early Life/Family*
Born in Pasadena, Joe Ranft was a major player in animation before he even stepped foot into Pixar. He worked on everything from Beauty and the Beast, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, to The Lion King before he turned 30.

*Career Outline*
Joe Ranft was so many different things to the animation industry. He was a voice actor for Cars, The Incredibles, Finding Ndemo, Monsters, INC, Monkeybone, Tory Story 2, A Bug's life, Toy and more. He was also a write and artist for all for those films in addition to The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Brave Little Toaster, and much more.

Joe Ranft was influenced by Joe Grant of Disney. He took the style that Joe Grant had at Disney and made it more modernized for the technical and digital age for Pixar.

Joe was a friendly guy. According to his coworkers and friends at Pixar, he gave the best bear hugs.

Joe turned John Lasseter down for a job a Pixar in order to write his own children's books. When no one wanted to buy them, he worked on *Nightmare Before Christmas* and John invited him to join Pixar again. Joe was also a freshmen at CalArts when John was a senior. He is also very fond of improv and magicians.

A list of Joe's favorite magicians and interview can be found on the Pixar's website. His favorite book was A Wrinkle In Time. In the movie *Coraline, *the moving truck is called Ranft Moving, INC. The movers themselves are modeled after Joe and his brother Jermone who are voiced by Jerome Ranft.*

Actor (15 titles)
2007 Cars Mater-National (Video Game) (voice)
2006 Cars
Red (voice) / Jerry Recycled Batteries (voice) / Peterbilt (voice)
2004 The Incredibles
Additional Voices (voice)
2003 Extreme Skate Adventure (Video Game) (voice)
2003 Finding Nemo Jacques (voice)
2003 Finding Nemo (Video Game) Jacques (voice)
2001 Monsters, Inc. Additional Voice (voice)
2001 Monkeybone Streetsquash Rabbit (voice)
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (video) Wheezy (voice)
1999 Toy Story 2 Wheezy the Penguin (voice) /
Heimlich (voice) 1998 A Bug's Life (Video Game) Heimlich (voice)
1998 A Bug's Life Heimlich (voice)
1995 Toy Story Lenny the Binoculars (voice)
1987 The Brave Little Toaster Elmo St. Peters (voice)
1982 Luau I.Q.
Writer (12 titles)
2006 Mater and the Ghostlight (video short) (original story)
2006 Cars (screenplay / story)
1998 A Bug's Life (story)
1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (video) (additional characters)
1995 Toy Story (story)
1994 The Lion King (story)
1991 Beauty and the Beast (story)
1990 The Rescuers Down Under (animation screenplay / story supervisor)
1988 Oliver & Company (story)
1987 The Brave Little Toaster (screen story / screenplay)
1987 Sport Goofy in Soccermania (short) (story)
1982 Fun with Mr. Future (short) (story)

Art Department (8 titles)
2009 Waking Sleeping Beauty (documentary) (caricaturist)
1999 Fantasia/2000 (additional art: story)
1996 James and the Giant Peach (storyboard supervisor)
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas (storyboard supervisor)
1991 Back to the Future (TV series) (storyboard artist - 1 episode)
Brothers (1991) (storyboard artist)
1989 The Little Mermaid (storyboard artist)
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (storysketch: animation)
1987 The Brave Little Toaster (storyboard artist)

Miscellaneous Crew (8 titles)
2006 Mater and the Ghostlight (video short) (end credits designer)
2001 Monsters, Inc. (additional story material)
1999 Toy Story 2 (additional story material, story supervisor)
1998 A Bug's Life (story supervisor)
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (video) (creator of additional original characters)
1995 Toy Story (story supervisor)
1991 Drop Dead Fred (title designer)
1982/II Hansel and Gretel (TV movie) (puppeteer)

Animation Department (2 titles)
2001 Monsters, Inc. (story artist)
1987 The Brave Little Toaster (directing animator)

Director (1 title)
2006 Cars (co-director)

Producer (1 title)
2005 Corpse Bride (executive producer)

**Bibliographic References*
John Lasseter on Joe Ranft
*Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant and Joe Ranft*by John Canemaker

Contributors To This Listing:
Kenneth Hung

Animators Hall of Fame