Director and Producer
Rich Moore joined Sony Pictures Animation in 2019 to develop, produce and direct original animated features. He is currently serving as producer on "Vivo," Sony Pictures Animation’s first-ever animated musical, featuring all new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, releasing theatrically on June 4, 2021.
Prior to joining Sony Pictures Animation, Moore directed Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2016 Oscar®-winning feature “Zootopia” with Byron Howard. His directorial debut with Disney Animation was the 2012 Oscar-nominated feature “Wreck-It Ralph,” and he most recently directed that film’s Oscar-nominated sequel, “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” with Phil Johnston.
Moore has directed several classic episodes of “The Simpsons” and was a sequence director on “The Simpsons Movie.” He became one of the original three directors on “The Simpsons,” directing numerous episodes over the series’ first five seasons, including the Emmy® Award-winning “Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment.”
Moore oversaw the creative development and production of Matt Groening’s “Futurama,” and was awarded the 1999 Reuben Award (from the National Cartoonists Society) for best in television animation, the 2001 Hugo Gold Plaque (from the World Science Fiction Society) for special achievement in animation, and the 2002 Emmy® for outstanding animated program (the “Roswell That Ends Well” episode).
A graduate of California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) renowned character animation program, Moore was a designer and writer for Ralph Bakshi’s “Mighty Mouse - The New Adventures.” He later served as supervising director for Gracie Films’ “The Critic.”
Moore’s other credits include director or supervising director on the Warner Bros.’ theatrical short “Duck Dodgers - Attack the Drones,” the CBS prime-time pilot “Vinyl Café,” Comedy Central’s “Drawn Together,” Mad TV’s “Spy vs. Spy” and Fox’s “Sit Down, Shut Up.”