Today is Joe Ranft's birthday...however, he passed away five years ago in a terrible automobile accident.
For many who's following me on this blog, that is not familiar with Joe Ranft, he is one of the most influential storytellers/storyboardists in our time. He has contributed to many animated movies (all the Pixar movies up to Cars, Nightmare Before Christmas, Rescuers Down Under). He also did the voice of Heimlich from A Bugs' Life and Wheezy the Penguin from Toy Story 2.
Disney Director John Musker (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Princess and the Frog) did a tribute for Joe Ranft...through storyboarding. It's a beautiful tribute, as well as inspirational.
Joe's work and passion in animation has been a blessing to me. Thanks Joe, for everything.