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Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)) Hardcover – August 3, 2010

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John Canemaker is a tenured professor and director of the film animation program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2006, his filmThe Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversationwon the Academy Award for best animated short. He has written numerous books on animation, includingThe Art and Flair of Mary Blair,Paper Dreams: The Art and Artists of Disney Storyboards, Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists,andWalt Disney's Nine Old men and the Art of Animation.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Series: Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423110676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423110675
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 interesting to see how they changed over the years, particularly with Joe Ranft from his turbulent childhood, or not when Joe Grant came back after a mysterious 40-year hiatus. I've seen their names mentioned many times in other books and videos but their background stories are nothing that I imagined.

The book also provides many references to the work they have done, particularly the story sequences in movies such as the early ones from Pixar where Joe Ranft was involved in much of the storytelling, and for Joe Grant the character designs for classic Disney films. You might remember the army men sequence in Toy Story, the witch from Snow White or the dancing broomsticks in Beauty and the Beast. There are some of their storyboards, caricatures, photos and drawings from other artists who share the same work with them.

It's an interesting read, recommended to those who are curious to know more about their style of storytelling. You might even pick up some storytelling or storyboarding tips.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just check my Amazon profile for the link.)
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I recently finished reading Two Guys Named Joe. While I found the first half -- the Joe Ranft story -- to be a bit fawning and one-sided (understandable, considering the man's recent and tragic death), the second half, the half about Joe Grant, was AMAZING.
The way that Canemaker tells the tale, you both admire and shake your head in frustration at the man. While an undisputed genius, he clearly was an ass to his co-workers at times. When his co-workers respond with blatant anti-Semitic remarks, you start to veer back towards Grant's side...only to have Grant take the credit for someone else's ideas while in a meeting with Walt.
If only more animation biographies were written with such a well-rounded and honest approach to their subjects, perhaps we'd finally get that long awaited, 3D mo-cap biopic of Walt Disney and his 9 Old Men!
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By A. Gass on August 17, 2013
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You just can't pickup a book by John Canemaker that is not good. This is no exception. Two different Joe's. Two totally different guys. Yes this book brings the two of them together and finds many similarities. Also got to see a great presentation on this book at the Walt Disney Family Museum by special invite from Diane herself. The institute thanks you all.
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Interesting contrast between two formidable "Joe"s at Disney over a period spanning 75 years. Insight into Disney organization, politics, etc.
Wonderful artwork and great story telling by Canemaker. Enjoyed it very much.
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By D. Pikar on April 22, 2014
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this book was good, but not what I had expected. I was hoping for more artwork. Story background was good though, good history of Disney Artist.
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