Wreck-It Ralph & Zootopia Director Rich Moore Leaves Disney for Sony Animation

It’s the end of an era for Disney animation.

Director Rich Moore, who was the mastermind behind new age blockbusters like Wreck-It Ralph & Zootopia is leaving Disney for Sony Animation.

Sony announced the deal on Monday, confirming Moore will be developing, producing, and directing multiple original projects for the studio going forward. He will also be available to oversee and advise other films and franchises that are in development at Sony Animation.

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

– Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation

Moore’s last film with Disney was last year’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, which he directed with Phil Johnston. The movie was a hit for Disney, earning more than $528 million at the global box office, and nabbing an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

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