Joseph Henry "Joe" Ranft (March 13, 1960 – August 16, 2005) was an American screenwriter, animator, storyboard artist, voice actor, and magician who worked for Pixar Animation Studios and for Disney at Disney Animation and Disney Television Animation. His brother, Jerome Ranft, is a sculptor who also worked on several Pixar movies.
He received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination as one of the writers of Toy Story, and was also co-director on Cars, his final work.
Ranft was born in Pasadena, California, nd raised in Whittier. As a child, Ranft developed a love for magic, storytelling, film and comedy. At 15, he became a member of the Magic Castle Junior Group. After graduating from Monte Vista High School, Whittier, in 1978, Mr. Ranft began studying in the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts alongside John Lasseter and Brad Bird. After two years, Ranft's student film Good Humor caught the attention of Disney animation executives, who offered him a job.