[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

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Director Rich Moore poses with plush versions of Felix and Ralph, the main characters in Disney’s feature-animation film while attending Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation in La Jolla on March 1-2, 2013. (Photo by Daniel K. Lew)

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
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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

Perry Chen, a young film animator and movie blogger, holds up a signed movie poster with Rich Moore. (Photo by Daniel K. Lew)

Rich Moore signs autographs, meets with fans and gives advice to La Jollan Tia See about a career in animation. (Photo by Daniel K. Lew)

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1 Comment for “[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”

  1. Bullard Eckert

    Thanks so much for having a video of Rich Moore from the festival. My family was able to attend the weekend he was there. He was so down to earth and gave some great advice to my kids who are interested in going into animation. Thanks to Rich for his time and thanks to Spike for putting on this great festival year after year.

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