Director Rich Moore of the ‘Wreck It Ralph’ Films is Leaving Disney for Sony Pictures Animation

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Director Rich Moore of the ‘Wreck It Ralph’ Films is Leaving Disney for Sony Pictures Animation. After a very successful decade of working with Disney, Moore has decided to step away and fulfill a new role with Sony Pictures Animation.

This news comes as a great surprise, especially after the major success of Rich Moore’s latests film with Disney, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Though one factor could be that the film lost an Oscar to Sony’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse in this years Academy Awards. Another fator may be SPA’s willingness to allow more creative freedom to it’s filmmakers than Disney, which is known for keeping a tight grip on the content allowed to be featured in its films.

Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) announced on Monday that Moore will be producing, directing, and developing animated feature films for the studio as well as “be available to act in an advisory capacity with ongoing feature film and series-based projects.”

Rich Moore directed several major films for Disney, including: Wreck It Ralph, Zootopia, and co-directed Ralph Breaks the Internet. He was made the head of Disney Animation before directing Wreck It Ralph, and has recieved Oscars for his work on Wreck It Ralph and Zootopia. 

“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,” said Moore in a statement. “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.”

“Rich is a world-class storyteller and he brings with him a wealth of experience and a unique sensibility for story, comedy and heart,” SPA president Kristine Belson said in a statement. “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.”

Moore is a fine example of working with class and seems to have nothing but nice things to say about his time and those he had the honor of working with, including Ralph himself, John C. Reilly. We wish the best for Rich as he moves forward in his career and for the kind send off to his cocreators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.


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