Though Fred Wolf g’es way back with Jerry Sachs, he d’esn’t have any wild and woolly tales about their past.
‘We didn’t skydive. We didn’t take ventriloquist lessons and stuff like that,’ says Wolf, now president of a Burbank, California, production house specializing in children’s animated programming.
What they did do-and continue to do-is share a no-nonsense approach to the job, Wolf says.
‘I met Jerry years ago, maybe the end of the sixties, maybe 1970. We were both in advertising then,’ he says.
At the time, Sachs was representing the Sparkletts account and Wolf was animating commercials.
‘He asked me to do it, and I did,’ Wolf says. ‘And that’s the way it’s always been with us. We don’t spend a lot of time philosophizing.’
The two continued on their individual paths, both eventually moving west.
‘In 1986, Jerry once again came into my life. He came into my office and plopped a comic book on my desk,’ Wolf recalls. ‘It was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
‘He said, ‘Tell me if you can make a television program out of that?’
‘I said, ‘I can make a television program out of anything.”
Besides giving him a crack at the project, Sachs -who was representing toy maker Playmates at the time-gave Wolf considerable latitude when adapting the show to the small screen.
‘Now we’re up to 200 episodes of the Turtles,’ he says.
The two have gone on to work together on Little Piggies, Barnyard Crusaders and Toxic Crusaders.
‘All these things were a lot of fun to work on, but not as successful as the Turtles,’ he says. ‘Hopefully, we’ll have another project to work on together soon.’