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Joe Grant was an American Disney animator, artist, and writer, as well as a Disney Legend.[1][2][3]

Background[]

Grant was born in New York City and began working for Disney Studios in 1933, beginning with the Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Gala Premiere. He also created the Witch for Walt's first film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs released in 1937 and also helped co-write Dumbo released in 1941 and also led development for Pinocchio and Fantasia both released in 1940. During World War II, he worked on the Academy Award-winning cartoon Der Fuehrer's Face, but left Disney Studios in 1949 to start his own greeting card business. Grant returned to Disney in 1989 and worked on Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), Mulan (1998), and Fantasia 2000 (2000). Additionally, he worked on Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. (2001).

Sadly, on May 6, 2005, while working at his studio on the animated short Lorenzo, Joe Grant died of a heart attack at the age of 96 just nine days short of his 97th birthday.[4] Chicken Little (2005), which was released six months after his death and the last Disney film on which he worked, was dedicated to him. It was said on the Disney DVD of Lady and the Tramp that Grant and his wife owned a dog named Lady on whom the main character of the movie was based.

A book about both Grant and Joe Ranft, who died in a car accident on August 16, 2005 (just three months after Joe Grant's passing) entitled Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers (ISBN 9781423110675) by Animation Historian John Canemaker was published on August 3, 2010.[5]

Grant was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1992.[6]

Filmography[]

Year Film Position
1932 Parade of the Award Nominees Celebrity Caricatures
1933 Mickey's Gala Premier
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Character Design
1940 Pinocchio
Fantasia Story Director
1941 Dumbo Story
1942 Saludos Amigos
Bambi Assistant
1946 Make Mine Music Production Supervision
1951 Alice in Wonderland Story
1955 Lady and the Tramp Script (Uncredited)
1991 Beauty and the Beast Visual Development
1994 The Lion King Character Design/Visual Development
1995 Pocahontas
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1997 Hercules
1998 Mulan Story
1999 Tarzan Character Design/Visual Development
1999 Fantasia 2000 Original Concept ("Carnival of the Animals")
2001

Monsters, Inc.

Very special thanks
2002 Lilo & Stitch Story consultant (Uncredited)
Treasure Planet Additional Visual Development
2003 Brother Bear Key Animator
2004 Home on the Range Additional Visual Development
2005 Lorenzo Original Concept/Story Artist
2005 Chicken Little This film is dedicated to him
2009 Up This film is also dedicated to him.

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1920s—1970s
Disney's Nine Old Men: Milt KahlFrank ThomasOllie JohnstonLes ClarkJohn LounsberyMarc DavisWard KimballEric LarsonWolfgang Reitherman

Animators: Bill TytlaArt BabbittLee BlairPreston BlairFred MooreShamus CulhaneCy YoungDon LuskNorman FergusonHal KingJack HannahDick KinneyHal AmbroKen O'BrienJudge WhitakerBill JusticeDon BluthGary GoldmanCharles A. NicholsBlaine GibsonJohn EwingWalt StanchfieldRolly CrumpFred HellmichAmby PaliwodaWilfred JacksonXavier AtencioBen SharpsteenEarl HurdDale OliverEric CleworthDavid HandFred SpencerJulius SvendsenJack BradburyKenneth MuseRudolf IsingHugh HarmanFriz FrelengWalt KellyLeo SalkinJohn DehnerRetta ScottDavid SwiftMel ShawJack CuttingGrant SimmonsArt StevensFrank TashlinWathel RogersTyrus WongJohnny Cannon
Visual Development, Layout, Background Artists and Character Designers: Gustaf TenggrenMary BlairMarjorie RalstonLillian BoundsJoe GrantMel ShawClaude CoatsDon DaGradiJohn HenchEyvind EarleKen O'ConnorThor PutnamAlbert HurterJohn HubleyHerbert RymanDon GriffithBasil DavidovichJack BoydPeter EllenshawRuthie TompsonEarl DuvallRetta DavidsonUb IwerksVance GerryHazel SewellJames BodreroLance NolleyGrace BaileyMaurice NobleDale BarnhartAndy EngmanEustace LycettJohn EmersonJoe Hale
Storyboard Artists and Writers: Bill PeetRalph WrightDick HuemerFloyd NormanYale GraceyTed SearsErdman PennerJoe RinaldiWinston HiblerOtto EnglanderWilliam CottrellBill BergAl BertinoT. HeeHomer BrightmanTed OsbourneLarry ClemmonsHarry ReevesJesse MarshChuck CouchWebb SmithDick Sebast
Directors: Clyde GeronimiHamilton LuskeJack KinneyTed BermanRichard RichGeorge ScribnerRiley ThomsonDick LundyJack KingBurt GillettJames AlgarBill RobertsLarry Lansburgh
Producers: Walt DisneyRon MillerKen AndersonDon DuckwallPerce PearceMargaret J. Winkler

1980s—present
Renaissance Directors: Rob MinkoffRoger AllersGary TrousdaleKirk WiseChris SandersMark DindalJohn Musker

Story Trust Directors: Ron ClementsChris BuckByron HowardDon HallChris WilliamsRich MooreStephen J. AndersonNathan GrenoFawn Veerasunthorn
Producers: Peter Del VechoClark SpencerRoy ConliDorothy McKimDon HahnShane Morris
Chief Creative Officer: Jennifer Lee
Associated Figures: Bob IgerRoy Edward DisneyMichael EisnerJohn LasseterEd CatmullJeffrey KatzenbergBob Chapek
Signature Voice Actors: Jim CummingsAlan TudykKatie LowesJohn DiMaggioMaurice LaMarcheJodi BensonDavid Ogden StiersJesse CortiPaul BriggsRaymond S. PersiPhil JohnstonFrank WelkerBill FarmerBrian Cummings
Signature Musicians: Robert B. Sherman Richard M. Sherman Alan Menken Kristen Anderson-Lopez Robert LopezLin-Manuel MirandaHoward AshmanTim RicePhil CollinsStephen SchwartzMarc ShaimanDanny Troob
Supervising Animators: Glen KeaneAndreas DejaEric GoldbergMark HennJohn PomeroyRandy HaycockDale BaerTony BancroftTom BancroftTony FucileAnthony DeRosaRuss EdmondsRandy HaycockBruce W. SmithDuncan MarjoribanksRuben AquinoNik RanieriRon HusbandRick FarmiloeTom SitoTony AnselmoWill FinnKathy Zielinski
Visual Development & Storyboard Artists: Dean DeBloisClaire KeaneBrittney LeeJin KimShiyoon KimRyan Green


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