|Founded||1967 (original company; defunct 1999)|
2013 (current company)
|Founder||Jimmy Murakami |
|Chairman & CEO:|
Fred Wolf Films is an American animation studio founded in the 1960s by Fred Wolf and Jimmy Murakami (the latter of whom worked on the TV special The Snowman). It was founded as MW (Murakami-Wolf). The studio produced The Point, the first U.S. animated special to air in prime time (on the ABC network in 1971). It was also responsible for Free to Be… You and Me, the Puff the Magic Dragon specials, and television series such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toxic Crusaders, Alvin and The Chipmunks (eleven episodes from the sixth season), James Bond Jr., The New Adventures of Speed Racer, and Sarah Ferguson's Budgie the Little Helicopter.
It was originally named for founders Jimmy Murakami and Fred Wolf. It later became known as Murakami-Wolf-Swenson (MWS) when Charles Swenson, who had already been with the company for some time, became a full partner, before eventually adopting its current name.
From 1989 to 2000, they also operated a subsidiary, Fred Wolf Films Dublin, located in Dublin, Ireland.
TV films and specials