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After 10 years at the House of Mouse, during which time he directed award-winning hits like Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia, Rich Moore is leaving Disney Animation. Moore will be heading instead to Sony Pictures Animation, where he will be developing, producing and directing original animated features as well as acting in an “advisory capacity” for ongoing projects.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Rich Moore leaving Disney for Sony Pictures Animation, a shocking move for a director who has spent the better part of a decade helming award-winning hits for the House of Mouse.
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But Moore’s lateral move to develop, produce and direct original features for Sony Pictures Animation may partially explain it — the studio is currently basking in the afterglow of its Oscar win for the acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and is now gaining a reputation as a studio willing to give directors room to let their creativity roam free. The statement from Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson suggests as much:
“Rich is a world-class storyteller and he brings with him a wealth of experience and a unique sensibility for story, comedy and heart. 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.”
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Moore was more diplomatic in his statement, saying that “Ten years is a long time...
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