Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez

Highest Rated: 95% It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Lowest Rated: 83% A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Birthday: Nov 15, 1916

Birthplace: Hermosillo, Mexico

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.

Highest rated movies

A Charlie Brown Christmas




87% 76% The Peanuts Movie Snoopy & Woodstock (Voice) $130.1M 2015
No Score Yet 79% He's a Bully, Charlie Brown Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 79% I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown Director - 2003
No Score Yet 72% A Charlie Brown Valentine Director - 2002
No Score Yet 79% It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown Unknown (Character),
- 2000
No Score Yet 69% It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown Director - 1992
No Score Yet 18% Frosty Returns Director - 1992
No Score Yet 85% You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Producer - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown Snoopy (Voice),
- 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown Director,
- 1984
No Score Yet 79% Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back) Snoopy/Woodstock (Voice),
- 1980
No Score Yet 69% Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Director - 1979
No Score Yet 80% Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! Snoopy/Woodstock/Additional Voices (Voice),
- 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Deadeye Director - 1975
93% 84% Snoopy, Come Home Snoopy/Woodstock (Voice),
- 1972
No Score Yet 92% It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown Director - 1969
95% 86% A Boy Named Charlie Brown Snoopy (Voice),
Original Music
- 1969
No Score Yet 81% You're in Love, Charlie Brown Director - 1967
95% No Score Yet It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Unknown (Voice),
- 1966
No Score Yet 67% The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Director - 1966
83% 67% A Charlie Brown Christmas Snoopy (Character),
- 1965


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Unknown (Character),
1983 1985 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Is America, Charlie Brown Snoopy (Voice) 1988-1989