• Title: Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft
  • Author: John Canemaker
  • ISBN: 9781423110675
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two Guys Named Joe Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant Joe Ranft StartFragment One Joe was in his ninety seventh year when he died in the other Joe died the same year at age forty five Both died before their time This book explores the interplay between person
    StartFragment One Joe was in his ninety seventh year when he died in 2005 the other Joe died the same year at age forty five Both died before their time This book explores the interplay between personal creativity and the craft of animation storytelling, as seen through the lives and art of two of its greatest practitioners Joe Grant and Joe Ranft Grant a StartFragment One Joe was in his ninety seventh year when he died in 2005 the other Joe died the same year at age forty five Both died before their time This book explores the interplay between personal creativity and the craft of animation storytelling, as seen through the lives and art of two of its greatest practitioners Joe Grant and Joe Ranft Grant and Ranft were unique influences on storytelling at two major studios during important periods in the history of animation Joe Grant, in fact, straddled two eras A gifted newspaper caricaturist, he contributed ideas for Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony shorts as well as classic masterworks like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pinocchio Fantasia and Dumbo As Walt Disney s confidant, Grant played a leading role in defining Disney s pioneering animation legacy He returned to the studio at eighty one after a fortyyear hiatus, his creative spirit and abilities undiminished, and made significant contributions to Beauty and the Beast Aladdin Mulan and The Lion King, among others Joe Ranft built on the traditions of the past forged by Grant and others to become the top animation storyboard artist of his generation, working on Tim Burton s The Nightmare Before Christmas The Brave Little Toaster Who Framed Roger Rabbit James and the Giant Peach The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, among other films As one of Pixar s creative founders and a close friend of John Lasseter s, Ranft had a major influence on the studio s signature originality, warmth, and irreverent humor, through his contributions to Toy Story Toy Story 2 A Bug s Life Monsters, Inc and Cars Grant and Ranft were inventive and imaginative, with keen insight into characters, and they inspired colleagues and entertained audiences around the world Although their combined careers spanned the Golden Age of traditional animation that began in the 1930s at The Walt Disney Company and became the present digital age at Pixar Animation Studios, their extraordinary contributions remain largely unknown to the public EndFragment

    One Reply to “Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft”

    1. This book contains two biographies in one: that of the two story men Joe Ranft and Joe Grant, both closely associated to the Disney studio, albeit neither the whole time nor always fullheartedly. By telling of the careers of these two talented men, Canemaker gives some insight in the Disney studio during several of its stages. In Ranft's case we get to know more about the studio's dire straights in the early 1980's, in Grant's case we learn more about the shifting atmosphere in the postwar perio [...]

    2. (More pictures at parkablogs)This book's a nice tribute to two of the best animation storytellers. It's written by John Canemaker, very well researched, filled with stories and little anecdotes from even before these two storytellers started in animation. Now you can know all about the background stories, how they work, the influence and contribution they made, how friends and colleges felt about them and how much they were missed.These two storytellers are very fascinating characters. It's inte [...]

    3. Wow. Spectacular. I learned an unbelievable amount from this book. Not a given, when reading a Disney book. John Canemaker is a spectacular writer, who just gets things right. He's got the requisite knowledge not to screw things up. I mean between Joe Grant and Joe Ranft you have almost every animated film every released by Disney. I would recommend this book to anyone who even has a passing interest in animation.

    4. This may seem like an obscure book among obscure books but read it and you will find out these two guys named Joe are responsible for some of the most memorable elements of Disney and Pixar films from 1933 to 2005 and possibly beyond. For instance, Dumbo and Lady and the Tramp may not have even been made if it weren't for Joe Grant. And that's just for starters.

    5. A well researched behind the scene look of two men who were "behind the scene" But also very heartbreaking. I'll never watch Cars again without wanting to tear up. A must read for any fan of Disney animation.

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