Joe Grant was an American Disney artist and writer and is a Disney Legend.[1][2][3]

Grant was born in New York City and began working for the 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), and Pocahontas (1995), Mulan (1998), and Fantasia 2000 (2000). He even worked on Pixar's Monsters, Inc.


Joe Grant in his later years

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 9 days short of his 97th Birthday.[4] Chicken Little (2005) which was released 6 months 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 and his wife owned a dog named Lady whom the main character of the movie was based on.

A book about both Joe Grant and Joe Ranft, who died in a car accident on August 16, 2005 (just 3 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]


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

Monsters, Inc.

Very special thanks
2002 Lilo & Stitch Story consultant (Uncredited)
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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