Joe Ranft
Joe Ranft (March 13, 1960 - August 16, 2005) was a key creative member of Pixar and was one of the original members of the Brain Trust. He was a screenwriter, animator, storyboard artist, voice actor, and magician.

On August 16, 2005, during the making of Cars, he was killed in a car accident. His driver lost control of driving and crashed through the guard rail while heading northbound on Highway 1. The car dropped 130 feet into the mouth of the Navarro River in Mendocino County, California. Both Joe and his driver were killed, but another passenger was able to survive by escaping through the sun roof. The movie Cars was dedicated to him, as well as Cars Race-O-Rama and Cars: The Video Game, along with some other Cars video games.



  • Pixar's Cars and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride were the last two films that Ranft worked on, and they both were dedicated to him.
  • His real last speaking role was Jerry Recycled Batteries, and Red didn't speak much (only cried).

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