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I've realized that being happy is a choice. You never want to rub anybody the wrong way or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. When I get logical and I don't trust my instincts - Thats when I get in trouble.

—Angelina Jolie
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Joe Ranft

Joe Ranft [7]


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Born:March 13, 1960
Died:August 16, 2005 (45)
Filmography Rating:8.49 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.77 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.52 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:94.20%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Rescuers Down Under [1990](30) => Writer
Toy Story [1995](35) => Lenny the Binoculars
A Bug's Life [1998](38) => Heimlich (voice)
Toy Story 2 [1999](39) => Wheezy the Penguin
Monsters, Inc. [2001](41) => Additional Voice
Finding Nemo [2003](43) => Jacques  (voice)
The Incredibles [2004](44) => Additional Voices (voice)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Coraline [2009]
  • The 'Ranft Bros. Moving Company' that moves Coraline's family into their home, are based on real-life brothers Jerome Ranft and Joe Ranft. Both brothers did work on The Nightmare Before Christmas with Director Henry Selick. The mover at the front door (who is given the $1.00 tip) is modeled after Joe Ranft.
    A Bug's Life [1998]
  • During the summer of 1994, Pixar's story department began turning their thoughts to their next film, while Toy Story was in post-production. The storyline of A Bug's Life originated in a lunchtime conversation between John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft, the studio's head story team. Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and WALL·E were also conceived at this lunch. Lasseter and his story team had already been drawn to the idea of insects as characters. Insects, like toys, were within the reach of computer animation at the time due to their relatively simple surfaces. Stanton and Ranft wondered whether they could find a starting point in [?] Aesop's fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. Walt Disney had produced his own version with a cheerier ending decades earlier in the 1934 short film The Grasshopper and the Ants.