Joe Ranft (1960–2005)

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Joseph Ranft was an American writer, voice actor, animator, storyboard artist and magician. He worked for Disney and Pixar. He worked on The Lion King, The Brave Little Toaster, Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Cars, Monsters, Inc and Finding Nemo. He voiced in the many films he worked on, notably as Heimlich the Caterpillar from A Bug's Life and the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »


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Cars Writer
Toy Story Writer
The Brave Little Toaster Art Department
A Bug's Life Writer


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 2009 Waking Sleeping Beauty (Documentary) (caricaturist)
 2001 Osmosis Jones (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 2001 The Trumpet of the Swan (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 2000 Rugrats in Paris (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 2000 Chicken Run (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1999 Fantasia 2000 (additional art: story)
 1999 How to Haunt a House (Short) (storyboard artist)
 1999 The Iron Giant (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1998 The Rugrats Movie (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1998 Quest for Camelot (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1997 Hercules (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1997 Cats Don't Dance (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1996 How the Toys Saved Christmas (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1996 Harriet the Spy (set dresser - uncredited)
 1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1996 James and the Giant Peach (storyboard supervisor)
 1995/I Pocahontas (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1994 A Troll in Central Park (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1994 Thumbelina (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas (storyboard supervisor)
 1993 The Thief and the Cobbler (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1992 Aladdin (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1991 Back to the Future (TV Series) (storyboard artist - 1 episode)
- Brothers (1991) ... (storyboard artist)
 1989-1990 Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (TV Series) (storyboard designer - 65 episodes)
- They Shoot Dogs, Don't They (1990) ... (storyboard designer - uncredited)
- A Chorus Crime (1990) ... (storyboard designer - uncredited)
- A Fly in the Ointment (1990) ... (storyboard designer - uncredited)
- Puffed Rangers (1990) ... (storyboard designer - uncredited)
- Zipper Come Home (1990) ... (storyboard designer - uncredited)
 1989 The Little Mermaid (storyboard artist)
 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (storysketch: animation)
 1987 The Brave Little Toaster (storyboard artist)
 1986 An American Tail (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1986 The Great Mouse Detective (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1985 The Black Cauldron (storyboard artist - uncredited)
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Sue Barry Ranft  (his death)  (2 children)

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Corpse Bride (2005), Chicken Little (2005), Cars (2006), Open Season (2006), and Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) are all dedicated to his memory. See more »


Voice of Heimlich from A Bug's Life.

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