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  • Happy 50th Birthday Joe Ranft

    Today would have been Joe Ranft's 50th birthday.

    Joe, as many of you know and some of you don't, was a Disney ... then a Pixar writer, director, and story artist. He died in a car accident on Highway 1 in California almost five years ago.
    He was one of the great talents of animation. Ever.

    Last Thursday, some of the Disney staff members who had known him, worked with him and loved him paid tribute to Joe in the first-floor theater of the Hat Building in Burbank. (There might have been remembrances at Pixar, too, but the Burbank tribute is the one I know about.)

    Director John Musker presented this tribute, which pretty much says it all ...

    For some reason, it's the brightest and most radiant lights who always leave the party first. We still miss you, Joe.
    TAG Blog: Joe Ranft

    Today, Joe Ranft would have been fifty years old. Disney director John Musker created this storyboard tribute to the late Pixar and Disney storyman. It was originally shown at Ranft’s memorial celebration on September 17, 2005.
    Joe was one of the prime creative people behind PIXAR and a major contributor to Toy Story, a Bug’s Life, Cars. Joe was tragically killed in an automobile accident 5 years ago. This is a visualization of anecdotes I heard about my friend and colleague Joe.”
    see it at:
    http://www.cartoonbrew.com/animators...joe-ranft.html
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Aww...that was nice. I always think of him when I see Heimlich.

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      Re: Happy 50th Birthday Joe Ranft

      The storyboard video is very sweet. He truly was a talented man. Such a sad end.

      Nice to see he is still remembered and honored at Disney and Pixar.
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        Re: Happy 50th Birthday Joe Ranft

        That was a beautiful tribute. It really made me tear up.
        Originally posted by migo
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          Re: Happy 50th Birthday Joe Ranft

          Seeing the subject of this thread really made me sad. He was such a nice guy... dare I say it, one of the nicest I've ever met (which is saying quite a lot). He had so much left to give and the world is less funny because of his absence.


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            Re: Happy 50th Birthday Joe Ranft

            Nice tribute CB! A great photo posted by director Lee Unkrich:



            Joe Ranft and Tim "McLovin" Burton


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            by John Canemaker in stores August 3, 2010

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              Re: Happy 50th Birthday Joe Ranft

              Wow they look like little kids!


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