Interview: Director Rich Moore on Wreck-It Ralph

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How much do you love Rich Moore? As one of the key directing circle on the early seasons of The Simpsons, the Californian animator was behind such classic episodes as "Flaming Moe's" and "Marge vs. the Monorail," and would later go on to helm some of the best of Futurama, too (you can thank him for "Roswell That Ends Well," one of that show's absolute highlights.)

This year he's made his feature directing debut with Disney's video-game adventure riff Wreck-It Ralph, which arrives in Australian cinemas this week on the back of a hit run with both audiences and critics in the US.

John C. Reilly voices Ralph, an 8-bit oaf who -- yearning to break from the drudgery of being the bad guy and become a hero -- escapes his vintage arcade game and sets out on a cross-platform quest through a first-person sci-fi shooter and the unlikely world of a Mario Kart-style candyland. Bursting with dynamic visual humour, a cavalcade of famous gaming character cameos, and a serving of old-fashioned Disney heart, Ralph marks an impressive big-screen debut for Moore. But you'd expect nothing less from the man, of course.

We had a chance to sit down and chat with Moore in Los Angeles recently, where he talked about developing the movie with Disney, his love of gaming and layered humour, and why he thought Reilly was perfect for the role.Back to Article

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