Joseph Henry “Joe” Ranft (March 13, 1960 – August 16, 2005) was an American screenwriter, animator, storyboard artist, voice actor, and magician.
Ranft worked for Pixar and Disney at Disney Animation and Disney Television Animation. His brother, Jerome Ranft, is a sculptor who also worked on several Pixar movies. Jerome’s wife’s nephew is Zachary Kern.
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.