Born in 1951, Richard "Rick" Rich is an American animator and director best known as the creator of The Swan Princess
and the director of the Disney Cult Classic
, The Black Cauldron
. More recently, he produced Alpha and Omega
Though he never became particularly famous, he is notable for being the youngest director in Disney history, having made The Fox and the Hound
when he was less than 30 years old. He is also one of the few animators in the industry without any formal schooling on the subject, instead having a degree in Musical Theater. He is also a close friend of Don Bluth
, having worked as his assistant during production of The Rescuers
Tropes Involving Richard Rich:
- All Animation Is Disney: A frequent victim of this as the Swan Princess is very similar to many other Renaissance Era Disney films.
- Animated Musical: His favorite type of work, considering his extensive background in musical theater.
- Creator Killer: The Black Cauldron did so badly that Rich was fired from Disney and had to start his own animation studio to stay in business.
- Doing It for the Art: His claimed reason for why he keeps making Swan Princess sequels; he just loves writing stories about Odette and Derek.
- Old Shame: He is not fond of Swan Princess 3 (possibly to the point of Canon Discontinuity) and avoids talking about The Black Cauldron.
- Only Six Faces: The religious-themed video series produced by his studio post-The Swan Princess feature characters that are almost visual clones of that movie's characters.
- Promoted Fanboy: He wanted to help write songs for animated musicals since he was a kid. He's made a career directing them.
- Talking Animal: Chances are, if he's involved with a movie there's going to be at least one of these.
- Orson Scott Card worked with Richard Rich on a few of the religious animation videos he made (aimed at the Mormon market). Though there were no talking animals in those films, Card still complains that Richard Rich wanted them and told Card to include them in the films.