born on May 15,
and died on May 6,
was a Disney artist and writer.
Grant was born in New York City and began working for the Disney Studios in
beginning with the Mickey Mouse short
Mickey's Gala Premiere
. He also created the
for Walt's first film
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
and also helped co-write
and also led development for
both released in
. During World War II he worked on the Academy Award winning cartoon
Der Fuehrer's Face
but left Disney Studios in
to start his own greeting card business. Grant returned to Disney in
and worked on
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
). He also worked on Pixar's
Sadly on May 6th 2005, while working at his studio on the animated short Lorenzo, Joe Grant died of a heart attack at the age of 96 just 9 days short of his 97th Birthday.
) which was released a year after his death and the last Disney film he worked on was dedicated to him. It was said on the Disney DVD of
Lady and the Tramp
that Grant owned a dog named Lady who the
main character of the movie
was based on.
A book about both Joe Grant and the late
Joe Ranft who died in a car accident on August 16th, 2005 just 3 months after Joe Grant's passing entitled Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers by Animation Historian John Canemaker was published on August 3rd, 2010.