Fred Wolf Films
Live Action
Founded1967 (original company; defunct 1999)
2013 (current company)
FounderJimmy Murakami
Fred Wolf
Charles Swenson
HeadquartersBurbank, California
Key people
Chairman & CEO:
Fred Wolf
Productstelevision shows
feature films

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).[1] 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).[2] 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),[3] 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.[4]



TV films and specials

TV Series

Fred Wolf Films Dublin



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  2. ^ a b Slide, Anthony (1991). The Television Industry: A Historical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. p. 181. ISBN 0-313-25634-9. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. ^ The Chipmunks Episode Guide-Fred Wolf Film|BCDB
  4. ^ "About Us". Fred Wolf Films. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  5. ^ Solomon, Charles (28 December 1987). "'Ninja Turtles' Crawls Out, Lands on Back". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  6. ^ Zorro Episode Guide-Fred Wolf Film|BCDB
  7. ^ Eadie, Alison (4 December 1993). "Fergie's Budgie Coming To U.s." Sun Sentinel. London. Retrieved 15 October 2010.