Bill Melendez

Character animator, Director, Producer
Bill Melendez, best known for the beloved "Peanuts" TV specials, based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip, spent 68 of his 91 years working in the field of animation. Born in Hermosillo, Mexico, Melendez was educated in ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1916 in Hermosillo, Sonora, MX

Filmography

Actor (43)

The Peanuts Movie 2015 (Movie)

Snoopy/Woodstock (Voice)

The Christmas Special Christmas Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown! 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show 1983 - 1985, 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

This Is America, Charlie Brown! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back) 1979 (Movie)

Snoopy / Woodstock (Actor)

You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Voice

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Voice

Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Voice

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown 1976 (Movie)

(Voice)

You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Voice

Snoopy, Come Home 1971 (Movie)

of Snoopy (Voice)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown 1969 (Movie)

of Snoopy (Voice)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (TV Show)

Voice

A Charlie Brown Valentine (TV Show)

Voice

He's A Bully, Charlie Brown (TV Show)

Voice

It's Magic, Charlie Brown (TV Show)

Voice

Snoopy's Reunion (TV Show)

Actor

Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (TV Show)

Voice

Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (TV Show)

Actor
Director (15)

Two Daddies? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Happily Ever After 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

The Romance of Betty Boop 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

No Man's Land 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back) 1979 (Movie)

co-director (Director)

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown 1976 (Movie)

co-director (Director)

Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Rainbow Bear 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Snoopy, Come Home 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Frosty Returns (TV Show)

Director

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (TV Show)

Director
Producer (13)

Cathy's Last Resort 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Producer

Cathy's Valentine 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Producer

Cathy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Producer

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Producer

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Snoopy, Come Home 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Garfield on the Town (TV Show)

Producer

Here Comes Garfield (TV Show)

Producer

Snoopy the Musical (TV Show)

Producer

Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (TV Show)

Producer
Visual Effects & Animation (3)

The Making of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Animator

Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years! 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Animator

It's Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Animation Director

Biography

Bill Melendez, best known for the beloved "Peanuts" TV specials, based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip, spent 68 of his 91 years working in the field of animation. Born in Hermosillo, Mexico, Melendez was educated in the United States and began his film career as an assistant animator on the early 1940s Disney classics "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," "Dumbo," and "Bambi." But he spent the bulk of that decade with Warner Brothers, animating their cartoon mainstays Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester, and Porky Pig. Eventually Melendez found himself directing and animating commercials, at which he was wildly successful; he created thousands of advertising spots and won dozens of awards during the 1950s and 1960s. It was one of these commercials, a 1964 Ford spot using the "Peanuts" gang, that first brought Melendez into contact with Schulz and created a partnership that would flourish for the rest of their lives. The next year, the first "Peanuts" television special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," aired on CBS and became an instant holiday staple; Melendez's production company oversaw more than thirty subsequent "Peanuts" television specials, with Melendez himself providing the voices of Snoopy and Woodstock. He was also responsible for launching the animated TV versions of comic-strip denizens Garfield and Cathy, as well as bringing Babar the Elephant to American television audiences. All four of these series garnered numerous Emmy nominations and wins, as did Melendez's non-Charlie Brown Christmas classic "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" in 1974.

Relationships

Helen Melendez

Wife
Married c. 1940 until his death in 2008

Rodrigo Melendez

Son

Steven Melendez Producer

Son

EDUCATION

Educated in U.S. public schools in Douglas, AZ

Chouinard Art Institute

Los Angeles , California
Later became the California Institute of the Arts

Milestones

2006

Final credit was as producer for the TV special "He's A Bully, Charlie Brown" (CBS)

2002

Helmed the CBS animated special, "A Charlie Brown Valentine"; also produced and lent his voice

1992

Worked on the live-action/animated film, "Cool World"

1992

Produced and directed the animated television special, "Frosty Returns" (CBS)

1990

Animated the syndicated cartoon, "Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends"

1988

Produced the miniseries "This is America, Charlie Brown" (CBS); also voiced Snoopy and Woodstock

1987

Produced the popular comic strip for Television, the CBS animated special, "Cathy"

1983

Directed the CBS animated series, "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show"

1982

Produced the first half-hour animated televised special based on the Garfield comic strip, "Here Comes Garfield"

1979

Directed the made-for-TV animated, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" for the Children's Television Workshop

1972

First lent his voice to the character, Woodstock for the second feature, "Snoopy Come Home"; also directed

1968

Received first and only Academy Award nomination for Best Musical Score for "A Boy Named Charlie Brown"; also the first Peanuts feature film

1965

Produced the annually broadcast Christmas special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (aired on CBS from 1965-1999, aired on ABC since 2000)

1965

Began voicing the character, Snoopy for the Peanuts specials

1964

Founded his own production company, Bill Melendez Productions

1948

Hired by United Productions of America to work on shorts, such as the Oscar-winning "Gerald McBoing-Boing" (1951)

1941

Joined Leon Schlesinger's team at the Warner Brothers studios

1938

Hired by Walt Disney to work on animated short films and feature-length films

Animated films such as "Fantasia" (1940), "Dumbo" (1941) and "Bambi" (1942)

Bonus Trivia

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Melendez was an active participant in the bitterly fought strike that led to the unionization of the Disney artists in 1941, after which he moved to Schlesinger Cartoons, animating Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other classic Warner Bros. characters.

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