Rich Moore

Rich Moore (born May 10, 1963) is an American film and television animation director, screenwriter and voice actor. In addition to directing the films Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and co-directing Zootopia (2016) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) for Walt Disney Animation Studios, he has worked on the animated television series The Simpsons, The Critic and Futurama. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner, a three-time Annie Award winner and an Academy Award winner.

Rich Moore
Rich Moore.jpg
Moore in 2012
Born (1963-05-10) May 10, 1963 (age 58)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationAnimation director, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active1986–present
EmployerRough Draft Studios (1995–2008)
Walt Disney Animation Studios (2008–2019)
Sony Pictures Animation (2019–present)
Notable work
The Simpsons
The Critic
Futurama
Wreck-It Ralph
Zootopia

Early lifeEdit

Moore was raised in Oxnard, California.[1] He studied film and video at the California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1987.[2] While there, he narrated Jim Reardon's 1986 student film Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown.[2] Included in his CalArts class were famous filmmakers such as Andrew Stanton, Brenda Chapman, and Jim Reardon.

CareerEdit

TelevisionEdit

After graduating from CalArts, Moore worked for Ralph Bakshi on CBS's Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, co-writing all 13 season 1 episodes in 1987.[3][4] Moore was one of the original three directors of The Simpsons, directing 17 episodes in the first 5 seasons from 1990 to 1993,[5] including the episodes: "Flaming Moe's", "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie", and "Marge vs. the Monorail".[6][7] He won a 1991 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for The Simpsons: Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment,[8] and was the sequence director on The Simpsons Movie in 2007.[9]

In 1994, Moore became a producer and supervising director for the animated series The Critic.[5] He then oversaw the creative development and production of Futurama as the show's supervising director. He also directed several episodes of the animated series from 1999 to 2001, including the classic "Roswell That Ends Well",[5][6] for which he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.[10]

Moore's other television animation directing credits include Comedy Central's Drawn Together and "Spy vs. Spy" for MADtv.[5] He served as supervising director on the 2009 animated Fox television series Sit Down, Shut Up.[11]

FilmEdit

In 2004, Moore directed the Warner Bros. animated short film Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones.[5] In 2008, he was invited by John Lasseter to join Walt Disney Animation Studios as a director, with the suggestion that he develop a story set in the world of video games.[12] This would become the 2012 animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, Moore's feature directing debut, and a box office and critical success.[5][6] Moore also supplied the voices for the film's characters Sour Bill and Zangief.[13] Wreck-It Ralph won five Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature and a Best Director award for Moore,[14] and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[15]

Moore's next animated feature film was Disney's Zootopia, which he directed alongside Byron Howard and co-director Jared Bush. The film, released on March 4, 2016, became the second highest-grossing animated feature film of 2016 with a worldwide box office gross of over $1.023 billion.[16] The film also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[17]

After Zootopia, Moore returned to direct Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, with fellow filmmaker Phil Johnston.[18] The film was a financial success, outgrossing the original film with over $529.3 million worldwide.[19] It was also nominated for multiple awards in the Best Animated Feature category, including the Academy Awards,[20] Annie Awards,[21] and Golden Globe Awards.[22]

On April 8, 2019, Moore revealed that he had left Disney to join Sony Pictures Animation, where he would direct and produce original animated films for the studio.[23]

FilmographyEdit

Feature FilmsEdit

Year Title Director Producer Writer Other Voice Role Notes
2007 The Simpsons Movie No No No Yes Sequence Director
Futurama: Bender's Big Score No Animation
Executive
No No Direct-to-video
2008 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! No No No Yes Additional Story Artist
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs No Animation
Executive
No No Direct-to-video
Futurama: Bender's Game No Animation
Executive
No No Direct-to-video
2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder No Animation
Executive
No No Direct-to-video
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Yes No Story Yes Sour Bill and Zangief
2016 Zootopia Yes No Story Yes Doug/Larry Creative Leadership
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Yes No Story Yes Sour Bill, Zangief, and Stormtrooper Song Producer: "A Place Called Slaughter Race"
Creative Leadership
2021 Vivo No Yes No No

Short FilmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Other Role Notes
1986 Somewhere in the Arctic[24] No No Yes Dohk
Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown No No Yes Charlie Brown / Narration Aided and Abetted By
Snookles No No Yes Dragon Special Thanks
1988 Christmas in Tattertown No No Yes Character Color Designer
Technological Threat No Story Yes Character Animator
Designer
1989 Hound Town No No Yes Animation Director
Story Artist
1993 Inland Empire No No Yes Harper Brackman
2004 Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones Yes No No
2009 The Affliction No No Yes Production Assistant
2013 Garlan Hulse: Where Potential Lives Yes No Yes Rich Moore

Other CreditsEdit

Year Title Role
1987 A Story[24] Thanks
2003 The Simpsons: Hit & Run Special Thanks
2008 Bolt Disney Story Trust - uncredited[25]
2009 The Princess and the Frog
2010 Tangled
2011 Winnie the Pooh
2013 Get a Horse! Additional Thanks
Frozen Disney Story Trust - uncredited[26]
2014 Feast Special Thanks
Big Hero 6 Creative Leadership
2016 Finding Dory Special Thanks
Moana Creative Leadership
2019 Frozen II

AwardsEdit

Feature Films
Year Title Notes
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Won Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, National Board of Review Awards
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film
2016 Zootopia Won Best Animated Feature at Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards, Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Nominated for Best Animated Feature at Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards, Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Emmy Awards
Annie Awards
  • 2002 – Directing in an Animated Television Production for Futurama ("Roswell That Ends Well")[27]
  • 2012 – Directing in an Animated Feature Production for Wreck-It Ralph[14]
  • 2016 – Directing in an Animated Feature Production for Zootopia (Shared with Byron Howard)[28]
Academy Awards

Television directing creditsEdit

The SimpsonsEdit

The CriticEdit

  • "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1, January 26, 1994)
  • "Lady Hawke" (season 2, episode 3, March 19, 1995)
  • "I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show" (season 2, episode 10, May 21, 1995)

FuturamaEdit

Baby BluesEdit

  • "Bizzy Moves In" (season 1, episode 2, July 28, 2000)

Drawn TogetherEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Wreck-It Ralph Director Rich Moore on his Film Sensibility: 'It's a CalArts Thing'" (Press release). California Institute of the Arts. November 29, 2012. Archived from the original on December 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Rogers, Nathaniel (February 18, 2013). "Interview: Rich Moore on His Long Journey With 'Wreck-It Ralph'". The Film Experience.
  4. ^ Morris, Chris (September 30, 2015). "Saturday-Morning Revolution: When Ralph Bakshi Met Mighty Mouse". Night Flight. Archived from the original on November 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f MacQuarrie, Jim (October 29, 2012). "Interview With Rich Moore and Clark Spencer, the Director and Producer of Wreck-It Ralph". Wired. Archived from the original on November 22, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Goodsell, Luke (December 21, 2012). "Interview: Director Rich Moore on Wreck-It Ralph". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Lussier, Germain (September 12, 2012). "Film Interview: Rich Moore, Director of 'Wreck-It Ralph,' Talks Sequels, Cameos, and a Game Deleted From the Film". /Film. Archived from the original on November 22, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Emmy Awards: The Other Winners". Los Angeles Times. August 26, 1991. Archived from the original on May 13, 2020.
  9. ^ Vo, Alex (July 30, 2007). "Comic-Con Premieres New Futurama Footage; Plus, We Interview Futurama's Rich Moore". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on December 4, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Futurama". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on April 28, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  11. ^ Brian Lowry, "Review: 'Sit Down, Shut Up'," Variety, April 15, 2009.
  12. ^ Rich Moore, "Game Theory: The Passion Behind 'Wreck-It Ralph'," New York Times, December 28, 2012.
  13. ^ Andy Wilson, "Rich Moore: From The Simpsons to Wreck-It Ralph," Huffington Post, May 5, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Carolyn Giardina, "'Wreck-It Ralph' Wins Five Annie Awards Including Best Animated Feature," The Hollywood Reporter, February 2, 2013.
  15. ^ a b Brian Truitt, "Disney inspiration is huge for 'Ralph' director," USA Today, February 22, 2013.
  16. ^ "Zootopia (2016)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Archived from the original on May 28, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  17. ^ "The 89th Academy Awards | 2017". Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  18. ^ Snetiker, Marc (June 30, 2016). "Wreck-It Ralph 2 officially announced at Disney". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  19. ^ "Ralph Breaks the Internet". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Archived from the original on January 17, 2021. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  20. ^ "91st Academy Awards Nominees". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on December 20, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  21. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (February 3, 2019). "Annie Awards: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Wins Best Animated Feature". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  22. ^ Snlerson, Dan (January 6, 2019). "Golden Globes 2019: See the full winners list". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 7, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  23. ^ McNary, Dave (April 8, 2019). "'Zootopia' Director Rich Moore Leaves Disney for Sony Pictures Animation". Variety. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  24. ^ a b Simon, Ben (December 27, 2012). "Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2". Animated Views. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  25. ^ Moore, Rich (December 28, 2012). "Game Theory: The Passion Behind 'Wreck-It Ralph'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  26. ^ Goldman, Eric (February 18, 2016). "How Disney's Story Trust Helped Change Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and More". IGN. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  27. ^ "30th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners". International Animated Film Society. 2002. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2007.
  28. ^ Flores, Terry (November 28, 2016). "'Zootopia' Tops Annie Awards Nominations, 'Kubo and the Two Strings' in Close Second". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  29. ^ a b Donnelly, Jim. "'Zootopia' Is the 2017 Oscar Winner for Animated Feature Film". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on April 2, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2017.

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