Skydance Animation Signs Exclusive Overall Deal With ‘Zootopia’ Filmmaker Rich Moore

Skydance Animation has landed another major talent.Rich Moore, director of “Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” is joining the team in an exclusive, multi-year overall deal.

Under the new pact, Moore will create, develop and produce original animated features for the studio.After leaving Disney in 2019, Moore did a brief stint at Sony Pictures Animation.

The only feature he helped with, last year’s “Vivo,” was released directly to Netflix.The move to Skydance Animation sees Moore reuniting with his old boss, former Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter.

Lasseter took a six month sabbatical from Disney and Pixar in 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations emerged; he was ultimately never rehired (he consulted until the end of 2018).

In January 2019, Lasseter was hired to head Skydance Animation, which then had an exclusive deal with Paramount and is now in partnership with Apple TV+.Moore

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