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Joe Ranft

Biography

Hollywood screenwriter, movie director, and animator. A worker of Disney and Pixar, he done Vehicles and received an Academy Honor for his screenplay for Plaything Tale. He also voiced the type Jacques within the 2003 feature Getting Nemo. As a kid, he became a junior magician with Hollywood’s popular Magic Castle. He later on studied animation in the California Institute from the Arts. He done Beauty as well as the Beast as well as the Lion Ruler, among additional Disney cartoon features. He wedded Sue Barry in 1985; the few had two kids. He and movie director Lee Unkrich had been both on the innovative team from the acclaimed Toy Tale films.

Quick Facts


Full Name Joe Ranft
Date Of Birth March 13, 1960
Died August 16, 2005, Mendocino County, California, North Coast, California, United States
Place Of Birth Pasadena, CA
Profession Screenwriter
Education Monte Vista High School, California Institute of the Arts
Nationality American
Spouse Sue Barry Ranft
Children Jordan Ranft, Sophia Ranft
Siblings Jerome Ranft
Awards Annie Award for Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program
Movies Cars, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Brave Little Toaster, The Rescuers Down Under, Oliver & Company, Mater and the Ghostlight, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, Sport Goofy in Soccermania, Fun with Mr. Future
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#Fact
1Brother of Jerome Ranft.
2The Pixar movie "Cars" was dedicated to him.
3Corpse Bride (2005), Cars (2006) and Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) are all dedicated to his memory.
4Before the crash, he and the driver were on their way to the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a spiritual conference where successful businessmen mentor men who are trying to straighten out their lives.
5Studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and began working as a story artist at Walt Disney Studios in 1980. Also provided animated voices on occasion.
6Death occurred when he was a passenger in a car that veered off the road and plunged 130 feet into the Pacific Ocean. The driver was also killed, and another passenger was hospitalized with moderate injuries.
7Father of Jordan Ranft and Sophia Ranft.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cars Mater-National2007Video GameRed (voice)
Cars2006Red Jerry Recycled Batteries Peterbilt (voice)
The Incredibles2004Additional Voices (voice)
Extreme Skate Adventure2003Video GameWheezy (voice)
Finding Nemo2003Jacques (voice)
Finding Nemo2003Video GameJacques (voice)
Monsters, Inc.2001Ward (voice)
Monkeybone2001Streetsquash Rabbit (voice)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins2000VideoWheezy (voice)
Toy Story 21999Video GameWheezy the Penguin (voice)
Toy Story 21999Wheezy the Penguin Heimlich (voice)
A Bug's Life1998Video GameHeimlich (voice)
A Bug's Life1998Heimlich (voice)
Toy Story1995Lenny the Binoculars (voice)
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993Igor (voice, uncredited)
The Brave Little Toaster1987Elmo St. Peters (voice)
Luau1982ShortI.Q.

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mater and the Ghostlight2006Video short original story
Cars2006original story by / screenplay by
A Bug's Life1998original story by
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue1997Video additional characters
Toy Story1995original story by
The Lion King1994story
Beauty and the Beast1991story
The Rescuers Down Under1990animation screenplay by / story supervisor
Oliver & Company1988story
The Brave Little Toaster1987screen story by / screenplay by
Sport Goofy in Soccermania1987Short story
Fun with Mr. Future1982Short story

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mater and the Ghostlight2006Video short end credits designer
Monsters, Inc.2001additional story material
Toy Story 21999additional story material / story supervisor
A Bug's Life1998story supervisor
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars1998Video creator of additional original characters
Toy Story1995story supervisor
Drop Dead Fred1991title designer
The Rescuers Down Under1990story supervisor
Hansel and Gretel1983TV Movie puppeteer

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Waking Sleeping Beauty2009Documentary caricaturist
Fantasia 20001999additional art: story
James and the Giant Peach1996storyboard supervisor
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993storyboard supervisor
Back to the Future1991TV Series storyboard artist - 1 episode
The Little Mermaid1989storyboard artist
Who Framed Roger Rabbit1988storysketch: animation
The Brave Little Toaster1987storyboard artist

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cars2006co-director

Animation Department

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monsters, Inc.2001story artist

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Corpse Bride2005executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rescuers Down Under1990lyrics: "Home On The Range McLeach Version" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Waking Sleeping Beauty2009Documentary in memory of
Cars2006in memory of
Corpse Bride2005in memory of
Disney's Animation Magic: Beauty and the Beast2002Video documentary short thanks
Mike's New Car2002Video short special thanks
The Emperor's New Groove2000thanks
For the Birds2000Short thanks
Geri's Game1997Short very special thanks
Winter1988Short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Pixar Story2007DocumentaryHimself
Toy Story: Filmmakers Reflect2005Video documentary shortHimself - Story Supervisor
Disney's Animation Magic: Beauty and the Beast2002Video documentary shortHimself - Story Department, 'Toy Story'
The Sweatbox2002DocumentaryHimself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHeimlich - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film (voice)
Troldspejlet1997TV SeriesHimself
The Making of Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'1993Video documentary shortHimself - Storyboard Supervisor (as Joseph Ranft)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 78th Annual Academy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Memorial sequence

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Winsor McCay AwardAnnie AwardsPosthumously.
2000AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature ProductionToy Story 2 (1999)· Dan Jeup
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayToy Story (1995)· Andrew Stanton (story/screenplay)
· Joss Whedon (screenplay)
· Joel Cohen (screenplay)
· Alec Sokolow (screenplay)
· John Lasseter (story)
· Pete Docter (story)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature ProductionA Bug's Life (1998)· Andrew Stanton (story and screenplay)
· Don McEnery (screenplay)
· Bob Shaw (screenplay)
· John Lasseter (story)
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenToy Story (1995)· Joss Whedon (screenplay)
· Andrew Stanton (screenplay/story)
· Joel Cohen (screenplay)
· Alec Sokolow (screenplay)
· John Lasseter (story)
· Pete Docter (story)
1996HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationToy Story (1995)· John Lasseter (story/director)
· Joss Whedon (screenplay)
· Andrew Stanton (story/screenplay)
· Joel Cohen (screenplay)
· Alec Sokolow (screenplay)
· Pete Docter (story)
1992HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationBeauty and the Beast (1991)· Kirk Wise (director)
· Gary Trousdale (director)
· Linda Woolverton (screenplay)
· Brenda Chapman (story)
· Roger Allers (story)
· Chris Sanders (story)
· Burny Mattinson (story)
· Kevin Harkey (story)
· Brian Pimental (story)
· Bruce Woodside (story)
· Tom Ellery (story)
· Kelly Asbury (story)
· Robert Lence (story)
· Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (based on the story by)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Animated ProgramThe Brave Little Toaster (1987)· Peter Locke (executive producer)
· Willard Carroll (executive producer)
· Donald Kushner (producer)
· Thomas L. Wilhite (producer)
· Jerry Rees (director/writer)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest AnimationCars (2006)· John Lasseter


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