Rick was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Santa Rosa. In 1978, he moved to Southern California to attend the California Institute of the Arts, but was offered a job at Filmation, which he accepted. Some of his first projects were Fat Albert, Mighty Mouse, Quacula, Tom & Jerry, Zorro, Sport Billy and Flash Gordon. In 1981, he was offered a job as an Assistant Animator at Walt Disney on The Fox and the Hound (1981) and The Black Cauldron (1985). After this, he was promoted to Animator and worked on such movies as The Great Mouse Detective (1986) and Oliver & Company (1988). He has been part of some of Disney’s most profitable animated features, such as The Little Mermaid, in which he animated the character of Scuttle the seagull, and on Aladdin, in which he animated the monkey Abu. In 1994, Rick was hired by Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the founders of DreamWorks, as the company’s first animator. As a Directing Animator on The Prince of Egypt (1998), Rick was responsible for bringing Moses’ camel to life. He then tried his hand as a storyboard artist on Shrek (2001), which received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. As a Sequence Director for Klasky Csupo, he worked on The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002).