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Joe Rinaldi was an American screenwriter and storyboard artist, who worked at Disney within its story department with fellow writers Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Bill Peet, Winston Hibler, Dick Huemer, and others.

Joe Rinaldi was born on August 1, 1914 and graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1932. A gifted draughtsman while working at Disney, he came with concept art from "The Pastoral Symphony" segment of Fantasia. This led further contributions of art and story ideas for features like Dumbo, Melody Time, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Babes in Toyland. He worked on many short films and features up until Sleeping Beauty when became a writer for Disney's anthology series.

Frank Thomas said once that Rinaldi had a lot to do with what was great about Lady & the Tramp and The final look of the film was significantly shaped by his drawings. During an episode of the anthology series ("Cavalcade of Songs"), he appeared with Ed Penner, Peggy Lee, and Sonny Burke on a segment that showcased what it was like to bounce ideas back and forth with fellow writers behind the scenes which included artwork from the early stages of Lady and the Tramp.

He died in 1974 at the age of sixty.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1940 Fantasia Concept art - uncredited
1941 Dumbo story development
1947 Fun and Fancy Free "Mickey and the Beanstalk" (writer)
1948 Melody Time story
"Pecos Bill" (writer)
"The Legend of Johnny Appleseed" (story)
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad story
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (writer)
1950 Cinderella story
1951 Alice in Wonderland story
1953 Peter Pan story
1954-1969 The Magical World of Disney special art work
writer
1955 Lady and the Tramp story
1959 Sleeping Beauty additional story
1961 Babes in Toyland screenplay

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1920’s—1970’s
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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 StanchfieldFred HellmichAmby PaliwodaWilfred JacksonXavier AtencioBen SharpsteenEarl HurdDale OliverEric CleworthDavid HandFred SpencerJulius SvendsenEd BenedictKenneth Muse
Visual Development, Layout, Background Artists and Character Designers: Gustaf TenggrenMary BlairMarjorie RalstonJoe GrantMel ShawClaude CoatsDon DaGradiJohn HenchEyvind EarleKen O'ConnorThor PutnamAlbert HurterJohn HubleyHerbert RymanDon GriffithBasil DavidovichJack BoydPeter Ellenshaw
Storyboard Artists and Writers: Bill PeetRalph WrightDick HuemerFloyd NormanYale GraceyTed SearsErdman PennerJoe RinaldiWinston HiblerOtto EnglanderWilliam CottrellBill BergAl BertinoT. HeeHomer Brightman
Directors: Clyde GeronimiHamilton LuskeJack KinneyTed BermanRichard RichNathan GrenoGeorge ScribnerRiley Thomson
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1980’s—Present
Renaissance Directors: Rob MinkoffRoger AllersGary TrousdaleKirk WiseChris SandersMark DindalJohn Musker

Story Trust Directors: Ron ClementsChris BuckByron HowardDon HallChris WilliamsRich MooreStephen J. Anderson
Producers: Peter Del VechoClark SpencerRoy ConliDorothy McKimDon Hahn
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: Sherman Brothers Robert B. Sherman Richard Sherman Alan Menken Kristen Anderson-Lopez Robert LopezLin-Manuel MirandaHoward AshmanTim RicePhil CollinsGlenn SlaterStephen SchwartzMarc Shaiman
Supervising Animators: Glen KeaneAndreas DejaAlex KupershmidtEric GoldbergMark HennJohn PomeroyRandy HaycockDale BaerT. Daniel HofstedtTony BancroftTom BancroftTony FucileAnthony DeRosaRuss EdmondsMichael SurreyBruce W.SmithDuncan MarjoribanksRuben AquinoNik RanieriRon HusbandRick FarmiloeTom SitoTony AnselmoRandy Cartwright
Visual Development & Storyboard Artists: Dean DeBloisLisa KeeneClaire KeaneBrittney LeeJin KimShiyoon KimCory Loftis