Pixar’s Joe Ranft dead at 45

“Joe Ranft, Pixar Animation Studios’ head of story for more than a decade and a cornerstone of the company’s creative team, died Tuesday when the car he was riding in plunged into the ocean after running off the road in Mendocino County, Calif. He was 45,” Sheigh Crabtree reports for The Hollywood Reporter. “Ranft was a co-writer on 1995’s “Toy Story,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination, and 1998’s “A Bug’s Life.” Before Pixar, he was a leading member of the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was a writer on 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast” and 1994’s “The Lion King.”

Crabtree reports, “Joe was an important and beloved member of the Pixar family, and his loss is of great sorrow to all of us and to the animation industry as a whole,” the Emeryville, Calif.-based company said Wednesday. In addition to his work as a writer, Ranft performed the voices for numerous characters in Pixar features… Ranft’s voice-over work for Pixar included such characters as Heimlich in ‘A Bug’s Life’ and Wheezy the Penguin in ‘Toy Story 2.'”

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40 Comments

  1. Suicidal GbM
    You must be new to this board. This is not a Mac news site. This is anything Steve Jobs kind-of-diary site. We know what he eats and who hates him including how many dounuts the boss of real audio eats.
    In a word… Pathetic

  2. Hey, Lupina — don’t get your panties in a bunch. I saw that on a bassett hound once and it was not a pretty sight.

    Here, I’ll do the math for you. It’s easy. Ready? Steve Jobs runs Apple and Steve Jobs runs Pixar; There’s a connection between the two.

    There is no Step 3.

    Okay? Got it? Yeh-heh-hehhesssss. I knew you could do it.

    Oh, by de way, it’s nice to see you wasting your time at a site that you describe as ‘pathetic’. ‘Cause, you know, I have to wonder: What does that make you?

    (Hey, I keed. I keed because I love the Latino-named.)

  3. I think Lupina was commenting about the comment that the previous poster made about “how is this Mac news., and how it’s pathetic to make a critical comment on the heels of a story abotu someone’s tragic death. Thats the way I read it.

    Bottom line is, no one’s forcing anyone to read Mac sites, or any sites for that matter. If Suicidal GbM doesnt like it that it’s not direct Apple news, then there are plenty of companies that offer site hosting solutions. Perhaps a Mac news site that ONLY posts a story when a new Mac product is released would be great. Perhaps that would make him happy, and perhaps it might get a few page hits per day.

  4. What damn unjust curve ball life throws at some folks. 🙁
    For those miscreants who can’t muster up anything good to say, clearly your train of thought cannot transcend beyond a subject. Pathetic you are indeed…..

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