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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Director Rich Moore Departs Disney to Join Sony Animation

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Rich Moore

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After serving ten successful years at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has departed the studio and is now joining Sony Pictures Animation for new creative opportunities.

It was announced on Monday (via The Hollywood Reporter) Moore is set to develop, produce, and direct original animated features at Sony Animation, and will act as an advisory on the studio’s ongoing projects. Hiring Moore is indeed another smart step for SPA, who after gaining massive acclaim for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, looks to continue their streak of risky and innovative endeavours in the medium of animation.

In her welcoming statement, SPA president Kristine Belson said that “Rich is a world-class storyteller and he brings with him a wealth of experience and a unique sensibility for story, comedy and heart. We are so excited for him to join our team of filmmakers at Sony Pictures Animation as we continue to develop a slate of animated features that are big, bold and will take audiences by surprise.”

Having started his early career on directing episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, Moore was eventually hired by Disney Animation to helm his 2012 feature debut Wreck-It Ralph, which turned out to be a surprise hit critically and financially. Moore also co-directed the equally-successful 2018 sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet with Phil Johnston, although his biggest success at the studio was co-directing 2016’s Zootopia alongside Byron Howard. That film became among Disney’s biggest hits in their history with critical acclaim, over $1 billion in worldwide grosses, and numerous accolades.

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph
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Moore also gave his heartfelt statement on his transition from Disney to Sony, reflecting on his time working at the Mouse House:

“Ten years is a long time — but when you’re working on incredible films with people you love as I have these last ten years, that time flies by. I will always cherish my days at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and I leave with the faith that the studio is in good hands. I remain a lifelong Disney Animation fan and look forward to the films they’ll create in the future.”

We at Rotoscopers wish Rich Moore all the best with his new home at Sony Pictures Animation, and greatly look forward to his upcoming projects at the studio!

How do you feel about Rich Moore leaving Disney? Are you excited to see what he’ll bring to the table at Sony Pictures Animation?

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Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).