Joe Ranft (1960–2005)

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Joe Ranft was born on March 13, 1960 in Pasadena, California, USA as Joseph Henry Ranft. He is known for his work on Toy Story (1995), Cars (2006) and A Bug's Life (1998). He was married to Sue Barry Ranft. He died on August 16, 2005 in Mendocino County, California. See full bio »

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Toy Story Writer
Cars Writer
A Bug's Life Writer
Toy Story 2 Wheezy / Heimlich


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 2009 Waking Sleeping Beauty (Documentary) (caricaturist)
 1989-2000 The Simpsons (TV Series) (storyboard artist - 242 episodes)
- Pygmoelian (2000) ... (storyboard artist - uncredited)
- Missionary: Impossible (2000) ... (storyboard artist - uncredited)
- Alone Again, Natura-Diddly (2000) ... (storyboard artist - uncredited)
- Saddlesore Galactica (2000) ... (storyboard artist - uncredited)
- The Mansion Family (2000) ... (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1999 Fantasia 2000 (additional art: story)
 1999 How to Haunt a House (Short) (storyboard artist)
 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)
 1989 Happily Ever After (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (storysketch: animation)
 1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1987 The Brave Little Toaster (storyboard artist)
 1986 The Great Mouse Detective (storyboard artist - uncredited)
 1980 Midnight Madness (property master - uncredited)
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Sue Barry Ranft  (his death)  (2 children)

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Like John Ratzenberger, Joe Ranft had a role in every Pixar movie until his unexpected death in 2005. Lenny the Binoculars in Toy Story (1995), Fa Lang in Mulan (1998), Heimlich the caterpillar in A Bug's Life (1998), Wheezy the toy penguin in Toy Story 2 (1999), Pete "Claws" Ward in Monsters Inc (2001), One of the pirates in Treasure Planet (2002), Jacques the shrimp in Finding Nemo (2003), ... See more »

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