Director John Musker created the video embedded below to commemorate what would have been the 50th birthday of his friend and colleague, the great story man Joe Ranft. The movie’s a little “inside” if you don’t know anything about Joe, but I have a feeling most of you will enjoy watching it nonetheless.
Here’s Musker’s description of the piece to help you contextualize:
“On Saturday March 13th, 2010, the great PIXAR and Disney story artist would have been 50 years old. Joe was one of the prime creative people behind PIXAR and a major contributor to Toy Story, a Bug’s Life, Cars. Joe was tragically killed in an automobile accident 5 years ago. This is a visualization of anecdotes I heard about my friend and colleague Joe.”
Jim Hill is a columnist specializing in all things Walt Disney Company. He’s been covering that beat for years (via his web site), and he’s always a good source for the inside skinny. He just posted a piece on Waking Sleeping Beauty, the forthcoming documentary on Disney Animation’s second Golden Age. In the article, he speaks with producer Peter Schneider and director Don Hahn. If you’re looking forward to this flick like I am, head on over and lend Jim Hill your eyeballs.
Oddly enough, Waking Sleeping Beauty goes into limited release on March 26th, the same day as DreamWorks Animations’ How to Train Your Dragon.