Rich Moore

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Rich Moore
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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
Wreck-It Ralph

Rich Moore 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.

Early life[edit]

Moore was born and 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.



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 some of the show's most famous 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,[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]


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, Disney's Zootopia, which he co-directed with Byron Howard and Jared Bush, was released in March 2016, having the biggest worldwide opening for an animated film ever and the second highest-grossing animated feature film of 2016 to Finding Dory.

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.[16]


Emmy Awards
Annie Awards
  • 2002 – Directing in an Animated Television Production for Futurama ("Roswell That Ends Well")[17]
  • 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)[18]
Academy Awards


Year Title Role Credited as Notes
1988 Technological Threat Character animator, story by Nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
2004 Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones Director Short film, produced by Rough Draft Studios and Warner Bros. Animation
2006 Especial

Professor (voice)

CG-feature animation film Animagic, Nox Film Won Best Animated Feature at British Academy Children's Awards, British Animation Awards;
Nominated for British Academy Children's Awards
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Sour Bill and Zangief (voices) Director, story by 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 Larry and Doug (voices) Co-director (with Byron Howard and Jared Bush), story by 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
Finding Dory Special Thanks
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet[20] Sour Bill (voice) Director (with Phil Johnston), story by 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
2020 Vivo[21] Producer

Television directing credits[edit]

The Simpsons[edit]

The Critic[edit]

  • "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)


Baby Blues[edit]

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

Drawn Together[edit]


  1. ^ John Gaudiosi, "'Wreck-It Ralph' Director Rich Moore Has Plenty of Game, Literally," The Hollywood Reporter, October 31, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Paul Fraser, "Wreck-It Ralph Director Rich Moore on his Film Sensibility: 'It's a CalArts Thing',", November 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Interview: Rich Moore on His Long Journey With 'Wreck-It Ralph'," The Film Experience, February 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Chris Morris, "Saturday-Morning Revolution: When Ralph Bakshi Met Mighty Mouse,", September 30, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Jim MacQuarrie, "Interview With Rich Moore and Clark Spencer, the Director and Producer of Wreck-It Ralph," Wired, October 29, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Luke Goodsell, "Interview: Director Rich Moore on Wreck-It Ralph," Rotten Tomatoes, December 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Germain Lussier, "Film Interview: Rich Moore, Director of ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ Talks Sequels, Cameos, and a Game Deleted From the Film," /Film, September 12, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Emmy Awards: The Other Winners," Los Angeles Times, August 26, 1991.
  9. ^ Alex Vo, "Comic-Con Premieres New Futurama Footage; Plus, We Interview Futurama’s Rich Moore," Rotten Tomatoes, July 30, 2007.
  10. ^ a b "Futurama," Accessed 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. ^ McNary, Dave (April 8, 2019). "'Zootopia' Director Rich Moore Leaves Disney for Sony Pictures Animation". Variety. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  17. ^ "30th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners". International Animated Film Society. 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
  18. ^ Flores, Terry (November 28, 2016). "'Zootopia' Tops Annie Awards Nominations, 'Kubo and the Two Strings' in Close Second". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  19. ^ a b Donnelly, Jim. "ZOOTOPIA IS THE 2017 OSCAR WINNER FOR ANIMATED FEATURE FILM". The Oscars. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Sequel to "Wreck-It Ralph" Hits Theaters on March 9, 2018 - The Walt Disney Company". 30 June 2016.
  21. ^ Hopewell, John (12 June 2019). "Sony Pictures Animation Links To Tencent, Sets 'Boondocks,' Tartakovsky Duo". Variety. Retrieved 15 July 2019.

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