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RIP: Joe Ranft

By Widge - posted 08.17.05 @ 5:58 pm
Joe Ranft

Dammit.

Joe Ranft, one of the big enchiladas at Pixar, left us yesterday. An auto accident of some kind. He was story supervisor on Toy Story and Toy Story 2, storyboard supervisor on James and the Giant Peach and Nightmare Before Christmas, and directing animator on Brave Little Toaster. He was also the voice of Jacques in Finding Nemo, Wheezy in Toy Story 2 and my favorite character from Bug's Life: Heimlich. "One day I will be a beauuuuutiful butterfly and everything will be better."

Much remembrance of the man is taking place at Cartoon Brew and Animation Nation.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. He will be sorely missed.

Update: Disney Blog has some info as well.

Update: More details on the accident at the Hollywood Reporter.

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Widgett Walls is Need Coffee's Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and two collections of short stories, Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First Season. He is also co-author of the children's book There's a Zombie in My Treehouse! All of those books are available in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon. He is also the narrator and publisher of the first unabridged recording of Seneca's letters, available here. He is active on both Twitter and Facebook. (If you befriend him on Facebook, do say you came via Need Coffee.) He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.

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