‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Director Rich Moore Moves from Disney to Sony Pictures

After a whopping ten years with the Disney studio, Oscar-winning director Rich Moore is making the move to Sony Pictures Animation. As reported on by The Wrap, Moore will now be developing, producing and directing feature films for the studio moving forward.

From the story:

“Rich is a world-class storyteller and he brings with him a wealth of experience and a unique sensibility for story, comedy and heart,” Sony Pictures Animation 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.”

Rich Moore has worked in the creative and art departments in the industry for many years. This includes storyboarding, voice-acting and overseeing project consulting across his major tv contributions. He served as a supervising director on animated shows like “Futurama” and “The Simpsons.” As a director of animated features, Moore has helmed films including “Wreck It Ralph” and “Zootopia”—the later earning him an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Last year, the Moore-directed sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was also Oscar nominated in its respective animated feature category.

Rich Moore’s statement on the matter:

“Sony Animation has emerged as a major player among animation studios,” Moore said in a statement. “Their vision to give filmmakers and artists the freedom to take risks, and to really push the envelope when it comes to visual style and breadth of storytelling is impressive, and I can’t wait to be a part of shaping the studio’s future.

“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,” he continued, speaking of his time working with Disney. “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.”

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