Joe Dante began his career with Roger Corman's company New World Pictures, first in 1973 as a dialog editor for productions such as Cirio H. Santiago's Fly Me and the U.S. version Tidal Wave by Shiro Moritanis Nippon chinbotsu, then as a film editor at Steve Carver The Arena (1974 ) and Ron Howard's Grand Theft Auto (1977).
For Corman turned Dante 1978, his first feature film piranhas. This B- movie version of Jaws liked the director Steven Spielberg so much that he entrusted Dante below with projects. In this way he came to Gremlins - Small monsters, one of the most successful comedies of the 1980s. Also Innerspace and Gremlins 2 - The Gremlins have Spielberg as producer.
What Joe Dante apart is the one that he has remained ever faithful and you can always recognize his handwriting. He never denied the influences that had the cinema of the 1950s and 1960s on him. In this time when Dante was growing up, experienced the fantastic cinema 's biggest boom. At the same time experienced paranoia and fear of the unknown their highlights. This runs like a red thread through the entire work of Dante. People change ( the animal ) and make seemingly a danger to the environment is ( burbs, a parody of life in the suburbs ). Seemingly Harmless proves to be a threat ( piranhas, Innerspace, Small Soldiers ). Not to be underestimated are also the films that the effects of television and cinema on the perception of reality represent ( Explorers - A fantastic adventure, Burbs, Matinee, Small Soldiers and Looney Tunes: Back in Action ). Dante was also involved in the series Eerie, Indiana, a children's TV series of the 1990s.
In 2009 he was appointed to the jury of the 66th Venice Film Festival. At the festival, he also shows his 3D horror film The Hole, and a new cut version of his resulting 1968 documentary The Movie Orgy.
Joe Dante was among other things, twice honored with the Saturn Award. In 1979 he was honored along with Mark Goldblatt for Best Editing, 1984, he received the award for Best Director for Gremlins - Small monsters.