Fred Wolf retrospective

Speaking of Ninja Turtles… My next screening at the Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood is a tribute to animator Fred Wolf.

Wolf collaborated with Harry Nilsson to create The Point!, with Frank Zappa to produce 200 Motels, and with Peter Yarrow to make Puff The Magic Dragon. He’s the man behind the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, Marlo Thomas’ TV special Free To Be You And Me, the animated feature The Mouse And His Child, the classic “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” commercial (see below) and won an Oscar for his short The Box. He even animated the iconic opening sequence to The Flintstones! Yours truly (Jerry Beck) will present rare clips from his movies, TV shows, vintage TV commercials, his award winning shorts and will conduct a live on-stage interview with Wolf himself, discussing his career in film and his relationships with his world famous collaborators.

Join me on Tuesday November 3rd at 8pm. Advance tickets available now… the first 100 admissions will receive a free DVD of The Point!, and every admission will receive a free Tootsie Pop! Buy Tickets Here!


  • http://www.theguysperspective.typepad.com THE GUYS

    This brings us back a few years. This is one of our all time favorite animated commercials. The boy’s voice is perfect and so memorable…..and the question at the end…

    “How many licks does it take……….the world may never know.”

    Brilliant!

    Now we want to see again: “If I were a bill”

    Remember that? We used to sing along!!! Yes, we can admit it.

  • http://asteriskpix.blogspot.com richard o’connor

    Great work in putting this together, Jerry.

    In an alternate universe, Fred Wolf’s films of the 70s are the inspiration for contemporary animation and that universe is filled with thoughtful, funny and beautiful films.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    > In an alternate universe, Fred Wolf’s films of the 70s are the inspiration for contemporary animation and that universe is filled with thoughtful, funny and beautiful films.

    How I paint my world! Too bad people nowadays would just think of what where they smoking to get that? Those people do not belong in my world.

  • Vastarien

    I loved the Mouse and his Child!
    I saw it once when I was only 4 years old….then spent the next 25 years searching for it. It got so bad, I almost thought that I had imagined it, and then, out of nowhere, one kind soul posted it on Youtube. It had been so long, I had no idea why this film mattered so much to me, but afterward, I knew. It can’t be put into words, but it’s something that stays with you for the rest of your life.

  • Deaniac

    Wow, I’ve never seen the full Tootise Pop commercial before. I always thought he went to the turtle first.
    If that kid went through all of the trouble of asking all of those animals, I’d be pretty annoyed too. :P

    Anyways, cool.

  • Jay Sabicer

    It’s been too long to see the original 1-minute commercial, solid gold!
    Frank Nelson, Paul Frees and Paul Winchell (I don’t know who portrays Mr. Turtle), top voice artists at their peak. Does anyone know if this version is available on DVD or is it consigned forever to YouTube oblivion?

  • Gobo

    Between The Mouse and His Child and The Point, Fred Wolf created two animated features that defined my childhood. Wish I could be there.

  • NicKramer

    Did Fred do any animation segments for The Childrens’ Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop)? I thought I spoted his work on some Sesame segments.

  • Buddy Winkler

    The Mouse and His Child was the very first animated feature to show a dog’s asshole. Just sayin’.

  • Doz Hewson.

    Don’t you mean “animated the iconic THIRD season opening sequence to ‘The Flintstones’”?

  • Yay_For_Kari

    Man, oh man, I’d definitely love to see this show, Fred Wolf has been a long-time favorite animator of mine. Definitely will consider it.

    @NicKramer: I’ve wondered the same thing! Recently I came across this Electric Company segment – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlMY6RrjF54&feature=channel – and I’d bet money that this was done by Mr. Wolf or one of his crew aboard The Point. The poster claims it was a Hubley project; I emailed him for more info but I haven’t yet gotten a response.

  • http://www.realmofquickpaw.com QuickPaw

    It took me years to remember The Mouse and His Child. I saw it briefly as a kid, but never forgot it. I found it off of Google Video a few months ago, and I had no idea how deep it really was.

    The Point, on the other hand, was something I always rented from the video store when I was little. The funny thing is, I don’t remember much from it.

    And don’t get me started of Puff…so dark, so awesome! Kids these days don’t know…they don’t know at all.

    It’s a shame most of these great screenings and what-not happen on the west coast. ^_^;

  • http://scottmorse.blogspot.com Scott Morse

    Actually, Vince Davis was the man behind the TOOTSIE ROLL commercial. He was working with Wolf at the time, I believe, but it’s pure VD.