Joe Ranft

Even as a child, Joseph Henry Ranft was drawn to humor, great stories, and the magic of movies. Once Ranft graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1978, he pursued studies in a character animation program at the ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1960 in Pasadena, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (15)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

story material (Story By)

Fantasia 2000 2000 (Movie)

(additional artist) (Story By)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

story material (Story By)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

original story (Story By)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

original story (Story By)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

(Story By)

Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Rescuers Down Under 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rescuers Down Under 1990 (Movie)

story supervisor (Story By)

The Brave Little Toaster 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Brave Little Toaster 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

An All New Adventure of Disney's Sport Goofy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (10)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Red/Peterbilt (Actor)

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

Additional Voice (Actor)

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Jacques (Actor)

Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

of Street Squash Rabbit (Voice)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

(Voice)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Wheezy (Voice)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

(post-production) (Voice)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Brave Little Toaster 1989 (Movie)

of Elmo St Peters (Voice)

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Actor
Art Department (9)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)

Caricature Artist (Storyboard Artist)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Story Supervisor (Storyboard Artist)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

story artist(story department) (Storyboard Artist)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

sculptor (Art Department)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

storyboard supervisor (Storyboard Artist)

Back to the Future 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Storyboard Artist

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Movie)

storyboard supervisor (Storyboard Artist)

The Brave Little Toaster 1989 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)

The Little Mermaid 1989 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)
Visual Effects & Animation (2)

Drop Dead Fred 1991 (Movie)

titles designer (Titles)

The Brave Little Toaster 1989 (Movie)

animation (Animator)
Director (1)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Co-Director (Director)
Producer (1)

Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Brave Little Toaster 1989 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Other (1)

Biography

Even as a child, Joseph Henry Ranft was drawn to humor, great stories, and the magic of movies. Once Ranft graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1978, he pursued studies in a character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. With two years of studies behind him, Ranft's student film "Good Humor" landed him a job at Disney. At Disney Ranft worked as a writer and storyboard artist. After being promoted to the Feature Animation department, he was mentored by Eric Larson. It proved to be an invaluable experience for Ranft. During the 1980s, he was writing stories for Disney, which included "Oliver & Company," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Lion King." In 1987 he worked on "The Brave Little Toaster" for Hyperion Animation, and in 1996 on "James and the Giant Peach" for Allied Filmmakers. By 1991 Ranft was hired by Pixar and working as head of story. Ranft had a part in all of Pixar's films until 2006, responsible for story content in "Toy Story" and "A Bug's Life." Ranft also provided the voices for a number of characters in these films, such as "The Incredibles" and Peter "Claws" Ward in "Monsters, Inc.." On August 16, 2005, Ranft was killed in a car accident. "Cars" and Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride," which Ranft executive produced, are dedicated to his memory.

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