Last summer I had the privilege of attending a Filmmaking Residency at CalArts (essentially Disney University), which included a fantastic guest speaker appearance by Rich Moore, co-creator of Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, and many others. Since “Zootopia” is now an Oscar-winning film (and Moore an Oscar-winning… Read More »An evening with Disney animation director Rich Moore
Earlier this week, we got to meet and talk to the voices of Nicke Wilde (Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) from the new animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios – Zootopia. It was fun learning about their experiences and the talents they… Read More »How Zootopia was made, talking with Disney’s animation team
Animation history is strewn with the carcasses of movies that never made it out of development, those that do make it into production are still sometimes subject to challenges that result in major changes. According to a terrific story on the digital news site Io9,… Read More »What happened to make Disney Animation toss years worth of work on Zootopia
Although Wreck-it Ralph has his home in the ‘classic’ Fix-it Felix Jr. video game, most of the movie takes place in a more modern video game – Sugar Rush. The detail that went into creating this world is pretty impressive, and is the subject of… Read More »Wreck-it Ralph: Sugar Rush Featurette
When it comes to experiences and details, Disney spares no expense. Hence the opportunity they provided on a recent press trip for a group of bloggers, myself included, to meet Rich Moore and Clark Spencer, the director and producer of Wreck-It Ralph, respectively.
While the conversation (below) was interesting and informative, I was even more excited about the setting for our interview. We actually got to sit in Roy Disney’s old office that is housed in the large sorcerer’s hat on the Walt Disney Animation Building. The story is that Roy Disney only used the office for a short period of time due to the vertical stripes painted along the interior of the round room (see above) — he complained that sitting in it made him feel like he was spinning, so he relocated elsewhere. These days the room is used primarily for photo ops and entertaining me, apparently.
Here is some of that aforementioned conversation with Rich Moore and Clark Spencer that I promised you:
When word of Walt Disney Animation Studios next release was originally leaked, we learned the title was Reboot Ralph and that it was focused on a video game character who escaped his game. But that was about all we knew. Now Disney has changed the… Read More »Wreck-It Ralph moves up release date, reboots name