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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Cars Writer
Toy Story Writer
Toy Story 2 Wheezy / Heimlich


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 2022 Lightyear (based on characters by) (completed)
 2006 Mater and the Ghostlight (Video short) (original story by)
 2006 Cars (original story by) / (screenplay by)
 2000-2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (TV Series) (based on: the characters from "Toy Story", created by - 62 episodes)
- 42 (2001) ... (based on: the characters from "Toy Story", created by - uncredited)
- Ancient Evil (2001) ... (based on: the characters from "Toy Story", created by - uncredited)
- Opposites Attract (2000) ... (based on: the characters from "Toy Story", created by - uncredited)
- Holiday Time (2000) ... (based on: the characters from "Toy Story", created by - uncredited)
- Speed Trap (2000) ... (based on: the characters from "Toy Story", created by - uncredited)
 2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (Video) (based on "Toy Story" by - uncredited)
 1998 A Bug's Life (original story by)
 1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (Video) (additional characters)
 1996 Disney's Animated Storybook: Toy Story (Video Game) (additional story & writing)
 1995 Toy Story (original story by)
 1994 The Lion King (story)
 1991 Beauty and the Beast (story)
 1990 The Rescuers Down Under (animation screenplay by) / (story supervisor)
 1988 Oliver & Company (story)
 1987 Sport Goofy in Soccermania (Short) (story)
 1987 The Brave Little Toaster (screen story by) / (screenplay by)
 1982 Fun with Mr. Future (Short) (story)
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Joseph Ranft


Sue Barry Ranft  (his death)  (2 children)

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Brother of Jerome Ranft. See more »


Voice of Heimlich from A Bug's Life.

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