This past Friday, October 1, I was lucky enough to attend a lecture at the Museum of Modern Art by John Canemaker, author of Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft. The Disney Editions book takes a look at the lives of Pixar animator Joe Ranft and Disney storyteller Joe Grant.
On October 1 and 2, the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City is holding a special lecture and film exhibition revolving around John Canemaker’s recently released book, Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft. The book looks at the story and work of animators Ranft (Pixar) and Grant (Disney), both of whom provided great contributions to the animated film industry. [Read more…]
Many people wonder about the success story of Pixar Animation Studios. The studio’s rise from near-extinction to critical and financial success is a fairy tale that is fascinating to learn about. Then there is the larger Walt Disney Studios that is known for its animated classics such as Snow White and Dumbo. In theatres, we get to see the final products, but there are the unsung heroes (unkown to many in the audience) who work laboriously to bring us the memorable characters and emotional storylines. Two of those individuals, Joe Ranft of Pixar and Joe Grant of Disney, helped to change the way the animation industry is viewed. Tragically, in 2005, the world lost both of these artists. In his book, Two Guys Named Joe, renowned animation historian John Canemaker recounts the lives of the “two Joes” assisted by the narrations of those who loved them. After reading the book, you may not only grow fond of Ranft and Grant, but you will be moved by the realization of how much we owe both of them. [Read more…]