We have recieved news that Joe Ranft, Head of Story at Pixar for more than a decade has died in a car accident on Tuesday.
Joe was a co-writer on Toy Story, for which he earned an Oscar nomination, and 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 Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
“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,” said Pixar on Wednesday. In addition to his work as a writer, Joe performed the voices for numerous characters in Pixar features. His most well known being Heimlich the Caterpillar from A Bug’s Life.
He also did voices for Wheezy the Penguin in Toy Story 2 and Jaques in Finding Nemo.
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