As a general rule, I don't buy biographies. I'd rather read about the entire artistic process rather than the contribution of a single artist. But, for the release of "Two Guys Named Joe" (hardback, 192 pgs), I made an exception.
First, it's written by John Canemaker; a highly respected author in Disney circles, and secondly I found the concept rather intriguing. It's actually a double-biography following the careers of Joe Grant and Joe Ranft. Grant was 97 when he died in 2005. Ranft died the same year but was only 45.
Joe Grant was an early player in Disney history and was involved with films such as Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia and Dumbo. Joe Ranft was on the other end of the timeline. His career straddled both Disney and Pixar. He was a storyboard artist for Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story (1 & 2), Bugs Life, Monsters, Inc and Cars.
I've just started reading this book, but so far, it's a great read.