Bill Melendez

Lowest Rated: 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Birthday: Nov 15, 1916
Birthplace: Not Available
Some animators remain forever associated with one creation or series of creations; this was particularly true for Bill Melendez, who remained closely tied to his majestic ability to bring Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts characters to life. Born Jose Cuautemoc in Sonora, Mexico, in 1916, Melendez studied illustration at CalArts (née the Chouinard Art Studio) and began his career at the age of 22, signing on as an animator with the Disney studios on such feature classics as Fantasia (1940), Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942). In subsequent years, he moved to Warner Brothers as an animator on Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig cartoons, then to UPA (ca. 1948), where he helped animate innumerable theatrical featurettes and commercials. Melendez's connection with Schulz arrived in conjunction with his UPA work doing advertising spots for the prestigious J. Walter Thompson agency; a big fan of the Peanuts comic strips, he hit upon the idea of using the characters to sell automobiles, a concept to which Schulz immediately warmed. The men experienced such an intimate and intuitive working rapport that they ultimately branched out into half-hour animated specials, several Peanuts feature films, and five one-hour Peanuts specials, plus countless additional television advertisements for companies such as MetLife. (Throughout his long tenure with Schulz, Melendez did double duty by making the non-verbal vocal noises emanated by two of the characters, Snoopy and Woodstock). Additional Schulz creations included animations of Cathy, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Babar, and Garfield on the Town. Melendez died at age 91 in September 2008, eight and a half years after Schulz. He was survived by his son, Steven, who ran Bill Melendez Productions after his death. Throughout his career, Melendez received 17 Emmy nominations and won 8; he also received an Oscar nomination in 1970 for writing the lyrics to the score of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
87% The Peanuts Movie Snoopy/Woodstock $106.2M 2015
No Score Yet Peanuts Summertime Specials Director 2008
No Score Yet He's a Bully, Charlie Brown Director Actor 2006
No Score Yet I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown Producer Director 2003
No Score Yet Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown Director Snoopy Producer 2003
No Score Yet A Charlie Brown Valentine Director Snoopy Producer 2002
No Score Yet It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown Director Actor 2000
No Score Yet You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Producer 1998
No Score Yet Frosty Returns Producer Director 1992
No Score Yet It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown Director Producer 1992
No Score Yet Snoopy's Reunion Producer 1991
No Score Yet Why, Charlie Brown, Why? Producer 1990
No Score Yet It's Three Strikes, Charlie Brown Director 1986
No Score Yet She Likes You, Charlie Brown Director 1986
No Score Yet Happy New Year, Charlie Brown Director 1986
No Score Yet Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown Producer Director 1985
No Score Yet Charlie Brown Celebration Director Producer 1984
No Score Yet It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown Producer Director 1984
No Score Yet What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? Producer Director 1983
93% Snoopy, Come Home Snoopy Director Producer 1983
No Score Yet What Next, Charlie Brown Director 1983
No Score Yet Garfield on the Town Producer 1983
No Score Yet It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown Director 1983
No Score Yet Is This Good-Bye, Charlie Brown? Producer 1983
No Score Yet Very Funny, Charlie Brown Director 1983
No Score Yet Here Comes Garfield Producer 1982
No Score Yet It's Magic, Charlie Brown Producer 1981
No Score Yet Some Day You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown Producer 1981
No Score Yet Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown Producer 1980
No Score Yet Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!) Producer Snoopy/Woodstock Director 1980
No Score Yet She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown Producer 1980
No Score Yet The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Director Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown Producer Director 1979
No Score Yet Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Director Producer Actor 1977
No Score Yet It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown Producer 1976
No Score Yet Dick Deadeye Director 1976
No Score Yet You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown Producer 1975
No Score Yet Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Producer 1975
No Score Yet It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown Producer Executive Producer 1974
No Score Yet Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus Producer 1974
100% A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Director Producer 1973
No Score Yet There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown Director 1973
No Score Yet You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown Director 1972
No Score Yet Play It Again, Charlie Brown Director 1971
95% A Boy Named Charlie Brown Snoopy Director 1969
No Score Yet It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown Director 1969
No Score Yet He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown! Producer Director 1968
No Score Yet You're in Love, Charlie Brown Director Producer 1967
94% It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Snoopy Producer Director 1966
No Score Yet The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Director 1966
94% A Charlie Brown Christmas Director Producer Snoopy 1965

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
1983-1985
Voice Director
  • 1983

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