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Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft

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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.

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Disney Editions (first published 2010)
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Gijs Grob
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 ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Parka rated it it was amazing
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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
Sep 30, 2010 Matt added it
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.
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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.
Aug 29, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing
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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John Canemaker (born 1943) is an Academy Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, teacher, lecturer, and author perhaps best known for his many books about the Disney studio, including Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation.In 1980, he began teaching and developing the animation program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts', Kanbar Institute of Film and Tel ...more
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