[Exclusive VIDEO] Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and ‘The Simpsons’ Director Rich Moore draws crowds to Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation in La Jolla
By Daniel K. Lew
Sold-out audiences of nearly 500 people at each screening filled the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla for the 30th anniversary of Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation during the weekend of March 1-2, 2013 in which Rich Moore was the special guest. Moore is the director of Disney’s Oscar-nominated animated film, “Wreck-It Ralph.” He has also directed many popular episodes of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” during the first few seasons of those shows.
Moore held Q&A sessions with audiences and was also available for autographs, photos and personal conversations.
• VIDEO: Watch a casual interview and audience Q&A with Rich Moore, who directed Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” feature-animated film and many popular episodes of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” and Craig “Spike” Decker, co-founder of Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation, by clicking on the image below, or go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG1qDfAnplo
• In the video above: Rich Moore is joined by longtime friend, Craig “Spike” Decker, co-founder of Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation. Moore was a special guest at the 30th anniversary of Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation on March 1-2, 2013 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. Moore shares his thoughts on “Wreck-It Ralph” and possibility of a sequel, working for Disney, advice from John Lasseter, cartoon influences from his childhood, and the state of animation especially with “Wreck-It Ralph” and the variety of animation mediums used in films nominated for 2013 Academy Awards. Spike gives his picks for some of the best animated short films showing at the 2013 Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation, as well as some of the big-name animators who got their start and showed their earlier works at this festival.
IF YOU GO
• What: 30th Anniversary of Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation, screening more than 20 animated shorts each day (including 23 international films, 5 Oscar winners and 4 Oscar nominees). Suitable for most ages (This is NOT the “Sick & Twisted” Festival of Animation.)
• When: Select 2013 dates from Feb. 9-April 13. Remaining screenings are:
Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
• Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, Calif.
• Tickets: Available at spikeandmike.com or at the MCASD box office. $15 for general admission. $12 for seniors, MCASD members or groups of 6 or more.
• Ticketing Information: (858) 459-8707
• Box Office (Night of the event): (858) 454-3541 Extension 175
• Website: spikeandmike.com
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