On this day, Disney and Pixar legend, Joe Ranft, would have been 50 years old.
Ranft passed away 5 years ago due to a tragic car accident, but his legacy of heartwarming stories and unique characters will never be forgotten. The Princess and the Frog director, John Musker, had prepared a tribute that recounts the late story artist’s life for this occasion.
Appropriately, the touching video is done as a story reel. Watch it below:
R.I.P. Joe Ranft (1960-2005)
We’ll touch on another great tribute when my Toy Story/Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray review is complete. If you want to experience Joe’s work on this day, just pop in your Toy Story DVD or watch clips of Heimlich and Wheezy. Then again, most of Pixar’s (and even some of Disney’s) work has his special charm.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this dearly beloved figure.