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Richard Rich is a Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Music American born on 1 january 1951

Richard Rich

Richard Rich
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Nationality USA
Birth 1 january 1951 (69 years)
Creator of Crest Animation Productions

Richard Rich is an American director and producer of animation and one of the few animation directors who has never participated as an animator. Rich is founder and owner of Crest Animation Productions.
Rich started his career in the mailroom of the Walt Disney Studios but worked his way up to first assistant director. He made his directorial debut on The Fox and the Hound and later directed The Black Cauldron.
Rich departed from Disney in 1986 and established Rich Animation Studios, later re-named RichCrest. He directed The Swan Princess in 1994 which led-up to three sequels.
Besides feature films, Rich has produced direct-to-video series such as Animated Stories from the New Testament, Animated Stories from the Bible, Animated Stories from The Book of Mormon, Animated Hero Classics and K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments.
His most recent credit is as producer on the computer-animated comedy drama film Alpha and Omega, as well as directing its successful sequel, Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure.

Biography

Richard Rich a commencé sa carrière chez Disney en travaillant au service du courrier. Il est monté de grade pour devenir premier assistant réalisateur en 1972. Dès lors, il assiste les réalisateurs sur des classiques comme Robin des Bois en 1973 puis Les Aventures de Bernard et Bianca et Peter et Elliott le dragon en 1977 . Il co-réalise son premier métrage animé pour la firme en 1978 Le Petit Âne de Bethléem (The Small One) avec Don Bluth. Après ce premier succès remarqué, la compagnie lui offre de réaliser par la suite Rox et Rouky sorti en 1981 et enfin Taram et le Chaudron magique qui sortira en 1985. L'échec personnel de ce dernier dont il n'était pas seulement réalisateur mais aussi scénariste l'amènera à quitter le studio après plus d'une décennie pour fonder sa propre compagnie en 1986, Rich Entertainment.


La compagnie va mettre en production en direction de la vidéo qui est en plein essor une série animée intitulée La Bible : Le Nouveau Testament (Animated Stories from the New Testament) qui deviendra un gros succès à la fois public mais aussi critique de 1987 à 2005. Elle sera suivie de La Bible : L'Ancien testament (Animated Stories from the Bible) en 1992.


Suivront deux séries inédites en Europe, respectivement en 1987 et 1991 : The Animated Book of Mormons basé sur les écritures du Livre de Mormon et Animated Hero Classics sur des personnes ayant changer le cours de l'histoire comme Leonard de Vinci, Louis Pasteur ou Beethoven avec toutefois une préférence pour des personnages historiques américains comme Lincoln ou George Washington. Ces vidéos sont disponibles dans les écoles et les collèges à des fins purement éducatives. Par la suite, elles sont sorties en DVD dans le commerce.

En 1994, sa compagnie change de nom et devient Rich Animation Studios. C'est une année charnière pour le réalisateur qui revient à ses premiers amours, à savoir le cinéma avec le film Le Cygne et la Princesse distribuée par New Line. S'il n'est pas un succès financier sur le territoire américain, le film connaît un gros succès à l'étranger surtout en vidéo. En 1997 et 1998, il supervisera les deux suites destinées à la vidéo. En 1999, il retente à nouveau sa chance avec Le Roi et moi. Le film pourtant doté d'un budget confortable de 25 millions de dollars ne réussit pas à convaincre le public et déçoit à nouveau. En 2000, son studio devient RichCrest Animation Studios pour enfin devenir en 2004 Crest Animation Studios.


De 2000 à 2004, il réalise trois longs métrages à destination des salles obscures qui n'auront pas plus de succès : Polly et l’Épouvantail, La Trompette magique et Muhammad: Le Dernier Prophète. Pour ce dernier, une sortie limitée en salles en Europe alors que les deux autres sont très vite destinés au marché de la vidéo après une courte diffusion au cinéma. En 2010, il connaît enfin le succès international en tant que producteur avec la série des Alpha et Oméga.

Depuis cette année, sa compagnie ne produit plus que des suites destinées au marché de la vidéo ou de la VOD avec l'abandon de l'animation traditionnelle en 2D pour une animation en 3D avec des images de synthèse.

Best films

The Rescuers (1977)
(Director)
Alpha and Omega (2010)
(Producer)
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
(Director)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
(Director)

Usually with

Roger Carel
Roger Carel
(7 films)
Doug Stone
Doug Stone
(4 films)
Brian Nissen
Brian Nissen
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Richard Rich (20 films)

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Director

The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover
Directed by Richard Rich
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Actors Brian Nissen, Laura Bailey
Rating51% 2.5628752.5628752.5628752.5628752.562875
Après l’arrivée de mystérieux visiteurs au royaume, la princesse Alise, Lucas et leurs amis se transforment en agents secrets au cours d’une aventure d’espionnage visant à vérifier si ceux-ci sont dignes de confiance. Ils devront avoir recours à toutes leurs méthodes d’enquête sophistiquées ainsi qu’à quelques gadgets de pointe pour résoudre ce mystère royal et sauver le royaume.
Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave, 45minutes
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Adventure, Animation
Themes Wolves in film
Actors Gina K. Bowes, Benjamin Diskin, Kate Higgins, Debi Derryberry, Marieve Herington
Rating55% 2.769892.769892.769892.769892.76989
In a dark forest, a female wolf is being chased by other wolves as she hides in a bush. It is implied that she is killed when she tries to lead them away. In the bush, the glowing eyes of her pup are seen.
The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale, 1h19
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Animation
Actors Yuri Lowenthal, Laura Bailey, Darrel Guilbeau, David Lodge, Doug Stone, James Arrington
Rating47% 2.367232.367232.367232.367232.36723
Centuries ago, a sentient evil force known as the Forbidden Arts entered Earth from the underworld, intent on destroying all of its rivals for magical power. It learned of a legend that the Swan Princess will bring in an age of goodness, and that pure evil will not survive in her presence, but she can be defeated by a green-colored magical stone. The Forbidden Arts corrupted the legend, making it appear that the Swan Princess will bring despair and destruction instead. A group of flying squirrels, called the scullions, found the legend and over the years formed a community dedicated to finding and destroying the Swan Princess. When Odette, the Swan Princess, was finally born to King William, the Forbidden Arts tried to use the sorcerer Rothbart to defeat her but failed.
Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, 45minutes
Directed by Anthony Bell, Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Wolves in film, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Chris Carmack, Danny Glover, Benjamin Diskin, Kevin Sussman, Kate Higgins, Shaun Gerardo
Rating51% 2.5653752.5653752.5653752.5653752.565375
Kate and Humphrey are eager to spend the upcoming winter with their family. Their three pups Stinky, Claudette and Runt are playing, when they are attacked by a big grizzly bear, but are saved by rogue wolves, however Runt vanishes. Once word about Runt's disappearance is brought to the pups' family, they look for Runt, but they spy rogue wolves having captured Runt heading to Banff National Park, home to the rogue wolf pack. Kate and Humphrey venture while the others go to organize the rest of the pack.
The Swan Princess Christmas, 1h30
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Christmas films, Films about birds, Ghost films
Actors Laura Bailey, Yuri Lowenthal, Gina K. Bowes, David Lodge, James Arrington, Alessandro Bevilacqua
Rating37% 1.885881.885881.885881.885881.88588
Princess Odette and Prince Derek are on their way to Queen Uberta's castle to celebrate their very first Christmas together as beloved husband and wife. Unbeknownst to them, however, the exceedingly strong and dangerous enchanter Rothbart has put in a motion a plan to return from the dead, enlisting a black cat named Number 9 to help by promising him nine extra lives. Number 9 succeeds in luring Derek to the cellar of Uberta's castle where he opens a chest with the initial R on it. At first there is nothing inside, but once Derek leaves, Rothbart emerges from the chest as a ghost. From here, Rothbart moves to the next portion his plan, which is to destroy the Christmas spirit of the kingdom (the only thing more powerful than the Forbidden Arts) which will give him the power to be fully revived in bodily form of solid flesh and blood. Rothbart is able to cast minor spells of dark magic that cause people to fight and abhor the Christmas spirit. He does this to Queen Uberta and Lord Rogers, and later to the villagers until almost the entire village is in disharmony.
Alpha and Omega
Directed by Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck, Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Romance
Themes Wolves in film
Actors Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Benjamin Diskin, Christina Ricci, Kate Higgins
Rating52% 2.6026952.6026952.6026952.6026952.602695
Deux loups sont capturés et emmenés à des milliers de kilomètres de chez eux. Bien déterminés à retrouver leur meute, ils devront surmonter leurs différences, entamer un périple semé d'embuches et trouver l'amour au passage...
Muhammad: The Last Prophet, 1h35
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Historical, Animation
Themes Films about religion, Films about Islam
Actors Nicholas Kadi, Richard Epcar, Tony Pope
Rating77% 3.881823.881823.881823.881823.88182
The film follows Muhammad's first years as a prophet starting with Islam's beginnings in Mecca in which the Muslims are persecuted, the exodus to Medina, and ending with the Muslims' triumphant return to Mecca. A number of crucial events, such as the Battle of Badr, the Battle of Uhud, the Battle of the Trench, and the Conquest of Mecca are depicted.
The Trumpet Of The Swan, 1h15
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Films about birds, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, Reese Witherspoon, Seth Green, Carol Burnett, Joe Mantegna
Rating50% 2.516722.516722.516722.516722.51672
Based on E. B. White's popular children's book of the same name, it tells the story of a young trumpeter swan who is born with muteness and is vying for the attention of a beautiful pen. He overcomes this by learning to play the trumpet.
The Scarecrow, 1h21
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Musical films
Actors Belinda Montgomery, Corey Feldman, Scotty Leavenworth
Rating67% 3.367793.367793.367793.367793.36779
In the time of the Pilgrims, a scarecrow, who is brought to life and can look like a human being as long as he wears a feather in his cap, endeavors—with the help of an enchanted broomstick and a wisecracking mouse by the name of Max—to rescue Polly and three other orphans from the evil Count Grisham.
The King and I, 1h28
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Films about royalty
Actors Miranda Richardson, Ian William Richardson, Darrell Hammond, Christiane Noll, Kenny Baker, Brian Tochi
Rating45% 2.260642.260642.260642.260642.26064
In 1862 Siam, the King of Siam rules with traditional beliefs and refusal to change. With the arrival of Englishwoman Anna Leonowens and her son Louis, his evil, but villainous Prime Minister, Kralahome, plots to have the King overthrown with deceit. At the same time, the Crown Prince Chulalongkorn falls in love with Tuptim, a servant given to the King as a gift from Burma, but their love and friendship must remain a secret as such is strictly forbidden.
The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom, 1h11
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds, Musical films
Actors Michelle Nicastro, Doug Stone, Steve Vinovich, Brian Nissen, Valérie Karsenti, Bénédicte Lécroart
Rating58% 2.9057952.9057952.9057952.9057952.905795
Derek's and Odette's kingdom is preparing a celebratory Festival Days. Unknown to them, the wicked witch Zelda, who was once a partner of the evil sorcerer Rothbart, plans to wreak havoc to their kingdom by stealing Rothbart's notes on the Forbidden Arts. As part of her plan, she captures a yakey-bird named Whizzer who has the ability to imitate any voice after hearing it only once. Zelda's magical abilities are limited, but she can create a "seeker," a magical fireball that can home in on anyone she commands it to. Threatening his life with this ability, she sends Whizzer to the Swan Lake castle as a spy. Whizzer overhears that Derek secretly kept Rothbart's notes on the Forbidden Arts, despite him telling Odette before that they have been destroyed.
The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain, 1h11
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds, Musical films
Actors Michelle Nicastro, Douglas Sills, Doug Stone, Steve Vinovich, James Arrington, Joey Camen
Rating58% 2.9065852.9065852.9065852.9065852.906585
It has been one year since the events of The Swan Princess, but Derek and Odette's anniversary is interrupted by the vandalism of Knuckles, minion of the wizard Clavius. Clavius was the partner of Rothbart, villain of the previous film; the pair conquered the Forbidden Arts together until Rothbart drove Clavius underground after betraying their partnership. Clavius now wants to claim the magical orb of the Forbidden Arts that is located somewhere in Swan Lake castle, which has become the new home of Derek and Odette. Clavius has Knuckles to perform acts of vandalism in the kingdom that keep Derek busy and makes him neglect both Odette and Uberta.
The Swan Princess, 1h18
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Michelle Nicastro, Howard McGillin, Sandy Duncan, Liz Callaway, Jack Palance, Larisa Oleynik
Rating64% 3.2025353.2025353.2025353.2025353.202535
King William (Dakin Matthews), widowed father of newborn Princess Odette, and Queen Uberta (Sandy Duncan), widowed mother of young Prince Derek, decide to betroth their children in the hopes of uniting their kingdoms. Rothbart (Jack Palance) is an evil sorcerer who wishes to take William's kingdom for himself, but before he can make his move, he is attacked by William's men. Although banished from the kingdom, Rothbart vows to return to get his revenge.
The Black Cauldron, 1h20
Directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about dragons, Witches in film, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne, John Byner, John Hurt, Freddie Jones, Arthur Malet
Rating64% 3.202023.202023.202023.202023.20202
In the land of Prydain, Taran is an "assistant pig-keeper" on the small farm of Caer Dallben, home of Dallben the Enchanter. Dallben learns that the Horned King is searching for a mystical relic known as the Black Cauldron, which is capable of creating an invincible army of undead warriors, the “Cauldron Born”. Dallben fears the Horned King may try to steal his pig Hen Wen, which has oracular powers, and use her to locate the cauldron. Dallben directs Taran to take Hen Wen to safety; unfortunately, Taran's daydreaming causes Hen Wen to be captured by the Horned King's forces.
The Fox and the Hound, 1h23
Directed by Ted Berman, Art Stevens, Richard Rich, Don Hahn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about dogs, Films about foxes, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Sandy Duncan, Pat Buttram, Jack Albertson
Rating72% 3.6475153.6475153.6475153.6475153.647515
After a young red fox is orphaned, Big Mama the owl, Boomer the woodpecker, and Dinky the finch arrange for him to be adopted by a kindly farmer named Widow Tweed. Tweed names him Tod, since he reminds her of a toddler. Meanwhile, her neighbor, a hunter named Amos Slade, brings home a young hound puppy named Copper and introduces him to his hunting dog Chief. Tod and Copper become playmates and vow to remain "friends forever". Slade becomes frustrated with Copper for frequently wandering off to play and puts him on a leash. While playing with Copper at his home, Tod awakens Chief. Slade and Chief chase him until they are confronted by Tweed. After a violent argument, Slade threatens to kill Tod if he trespasses on his farm again. Hunting season comes and Slade takes his dogs into the wilderness for the interim. Meanwhile, Big Mama, Dinky and Boomer attempt to explain to Tod that his friendship with Copper can no longer continue, as they are natural enemies, but Tod naively refuses to believe them, hoping that he and Copper will remain friends forever.