May 10, 1963
Oxnard, California, United States
Born in Oxnard, California in 1963, Rich Moore attended the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1987. His focus was animation. Immediately after graduation, Moore went to work for animation legend Ralph Bakshi, writing all episodes of "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures" (CBS, 1987-1988). In 1990, Moore directed his first episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989-) and would go on to direct another 16 episodes during the show's first five seasons, including classics like "Flaming Moe's" (s3 ep10), "A Streetcar Named Marge" (s4 ep2), and "Cape Feare" (s5 ep2). He directed three episodes of the critically acclaimed "The Critic" (ABC, 1994; Fox, 1995) then co-directed the first episode of "Futurama" (Fox, 1999-2013) in addition to four other episodes of the show. "Sit Down Shut Up" (Fox, 2009) created by Mitchell Hurwitz and featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Jason Bateman, was Moore's next project. The show only lasted one season, but Moore used the opportunity to craft his first feature film "Wreck-It Ralph" (2012), which Moore directed and wrote the story. The film was a critical and box office success earning an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Feature. His follow up "Zootopia" (2015) co-directed with Byron Howard and Jared Bush won the award and was again financially successful. "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (2018) continued Moore's streak and landed an Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated Feature in addition to continued acclaim and success.