Joe Grant, who died last spring at the age of ninety-six, was a remarkable survivor from Disney animation's golden age in the 1930s and early 1940s. Remarkable not just because he lived so long, outlasting almost all of his contemporaries, but because he was still working at the Disney studio when he died. His Disney tenure was not continuous. He left the studio in the late 1940s, going into the greeting-card business, and returned four decades later as a story man—and a human good-luck charm for a new generation of animators trying to recapture the old Disney magic. […]

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