Fred Wolf has been at the forefront of the animation industry for thirty-five years. Multiple awards, including an Academy Award, an Academy Award nomination and three Emmys have honored his work.
Fred Wolf Films is an animation studio that has worked with many noted companies and television networks including the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros Studios, MGM, MTM Productions, CBS, NBC and ABC.
Thirty-six years ago Fred Wolf and former partner, filmmaker Jimmy Murakami, started Murakami Wolf Films. In the early days Murakami Wolf Films worked closely with many top name advertising agencies, creating animated television commercials including Fred's favorites: Frosted Flakes' Tony the Tiger and Green Giants' Little Green Sprout.
The animated theatrical shorts, include "The Box," "The Breath" and "The Insects." These animated shorts were shown at film festivals around the globe and brought both international recognition and awards of merit to the company. In 1968, Fred Wolf's animated short, "The Box" was awarded the Academy Award for best-animated short.
"The Point," the first animated feature ever made for television, aired on ABC in 1971. Fred Wolf and Harry Nilsson co-produced the show. Dustin Hoffman provided the voice of the narrator and Ringo Starr and Alan Thicke took over the role in later video re-releases of the show.
The seventies produced such memorable Emmy award winning shows as, "Free to Be You and Me" with Marlo Thomas and "Puff the Magic Dragon," co-produced with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame and the "Little Rascals Christmas Special."
The company's body of work expanded to include full-length animated feature films, including, producing the animated portion of the "Naked Ape," a live action/animated theatrical release, a co-production with Playboy Productions.
Then in 1977, the full-length animated theatrical release, "The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and his Child" was produced for the Sanrio company of Japan. The feature's stellar cast included Peter Ustinov as Manny the Rat, Cloris Leachman as Euterpe and Sally Kellerman as the Seal. The film became an international award winner.
The eighties produced such series as "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and the "Strawberry Shortcake" specials and the first episodes of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The "Ninja Turtles" went on to become the biggest phenomenon of both children's entertainment and the licensing industry. At last count 191 episodes of the "Ninja Turtles" had been produced. The word "cowabunga" hit the airwaves and soon became a household word.
In 1989, FWF turned its attention to the international animated film market and the projections of a united Europe. The E.U. was seen as a protector of European films and a controller of imported films into the European marketplace. In consideration of this factor, a studio was established in Dublin, Ireland.
Fred Wolf Films Dublin was in production from 1989 to 2000. During that time, the Irish studio brought a considerable amount of E.U. content production into being, including the notable productions of "Budgie, The Little Helicopter" and "Dinobabies" for HTV and the BBC respectively.
The late eighties and the nineties saw Fred Wolf Films become more involved in the international arena through co-productions. The company co-produced "The Fantastic Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor" with Carrington Productions International which was distributed by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Another series, "Dinobabies" was co-produced with Shanghai Morning Sun Animation, one of China's largest animation studios.
In 1999, the studio completed twenty-six half-hour episodes of "Zorro," the famous masked man, a co-production with Zorro Productions, Carrington Productions International and Harvest Entertainment with distribution by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
The outstanding success of Fred Wolf Films lies in the continued commitment, creativity and expertise given to each and every project, every step of the way.
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