Bill Melendez
Mexican-American animator, film director, film producer
Bill Melendez
José Cuauhtémoc "Bill" Meléndez was a Mexican-American character animator, film director, voice artist and producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers, UPA and the Peanuts series. Melendez provided the voices of Snoopy and Woodstock in the latter as well.
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Review: "Snoopy's Adventures", "Yo Gabba Gabba! Circus", & "Heroes of Bikini ... - Toon Zone
Google News - over 5 years
Of the three, "Giant" is probably the most impressive, since it's all conducted without a word of dialogue and the giant himself looks like a caricature of longtime Peanuts animation director Bill Melendez. The other two as mildly amusing as the
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Rasender Stillstand - Tagesspiegel
Google News - almost 6 years
Charles M. Schulz, der ab Mitte der 1960er die ersten „Peanuts“-Trickfilme mit seinen Freunden, dem Produzenten Lee Mendelson und dem Animationszeichner Bill Melendez, realisierte, war sich dabei sehr wohl der Schwierigkeit bewusst,
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Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown - TheCelebrityCafe.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Many of the behind the scenes talent which created the original Peanuts specials have passed away, including director (and voice of Snoopy) Bill Melendez, who died in 2008, and music composer Vince Guaraldi, who died in 1976
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Bill Melendez, 91, 'Peanuts' Animator, Dies
NYTimes - over 8 years
Bill Melendez, an Emmy-winning animator who brought Charlie Brown and the ''Peanuts'' gang to blithe, blockheaded life on television and in films -- and who helped keep them alive after the death of their creator, Charles M. Schulz -- died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 91 and lived in Los Angeles. Mr. Melendez's son Steven confirmed the
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NYTimes - over 10 years
A guide to cultural and recreational goings-on in and around Nassau and Suffolk Counties this week. Items for the guide should be sent at least three weeks in advance to lical@nytimes.com, or by mail to Long Island Weekly, 229 West 43d Street, New York, N.Y. 10036-3959. MUSIC AND DANCE Centerport First Saturday Concerts: Susan Werner, folk,
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NYTimes - over 10 years
A guide to cultural and recreational goings-on in and around Nassau and Suffolk Counties this week. Items for the guide should be sent at least three weeks in advance to lical@nytimes.com, or by mail to Long Island Weekly, 229 West 43rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10036-3959. THEATER Bay Shore ''New Writers' Fall Festival,'' collection of new works by
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NYTimes - over 10 years
A guide to cultural and recreational goings-on in and around Nassau and Suffolk Counties this week. Items for the guide should be sent at least three weeks in advance to lical@nytimes.com, or by mail to Long Island Weekly, 229 West 43d Street, New York, N.Y. 10036-3959. MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES Amagansett -- Paintings by Joseph Haske and sculpture by
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NYTimes - over 10 years
A guide to cultural and recreational goings-on in and around Nassau and Suffolk Counties this week. Items for the guide should be sent at least three weeks in advance to lical@nytimes.com, or by mail to Long Island Weekly, 229 West 43rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10036-3959. MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES Bellport ''Intimate Expressions,'' figurative paintings
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FAMILY FARE
NYTimes - almost 11 years
The Academy Awards, East Coast Style This weekend, young cinephiles will eagerly anticipate which films will win best picture, best animated short and best live-action short. And they won't even have to stay up past their bedtimes. These aren't the Oscars, and the academy in question isn't the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Rather,
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Spare Times; For Children
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Theater 'ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND,' an adaptation by Bridgette Dunlap, by Atlantic Theater Company, 336 West 20th Street, Chelsea, (212)691-5919, Ext. 180. Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. through March. Tickets: $15; members and under 12, $5. VITAL CHILDREN'S THEATER offers an anniversary benefit with workshops and performances,
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Lots of Familiar Punch Lines, Charlie Brown
NYTimes - about 13 years
Lucy and Linus Van Pelt's younger brother, Rerun, doesn't enjoy riding on the back of his mother's bicycle. (She's not that great a driver.) But he tries to keep a cheerful attitude. ''Over hill, over dale,'' he says brightly. ''Poor Dale.'' Rerun is the central character in the newest ''Peanuts'' television special, ''I Want a Dog for Christmas,
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Charlie Brown and His Crew, All Fired Up to Lose
NYTimes - over 13 years
If Kermit the Frog can still be a scintillating talk-show guest more than a decade after Jim Henson's death, then surely Charlie Brown and his ''Peanuts'' circle of friends can carry on now that their creator, Charles M. Schulz, is gone. ''Lucy Must Be Traded Charlie Brown,'' a half-hour special tonight on ABC, is the fourth ''Peanuts'' film made
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Melendez
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 91
    On September 2, 2008, Melendez died at his home in Santa Monica at the age of 91.
    More Details Hide Details He had been in declining health after a fall a year earlier. Melendez was cremated and his ashes given to his family. Archive recordings of his work as Snoopy and Woodstock were utilized for the film The Peanuts Movie. This makes him the only member of the film's cast to have been involved in a previous Peanuts project, save for Kristin Chenoweth, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway.
  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 46
    In 1963, Melendez founded his own studio in the basement of his Hollywood home.
    More Details Hide Details Bill Melendez Productions is still active and is currently run by his son Steven C. Melendez. In addition to animation, Melendez was once a faculty member at the University of Southern California's Cinema Arts Department. Melendez was the only person Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz trusted to turn his popular comic creations into television specials. He and his studio worked on every single television special and direct-to-video film for the Peanuts gang and Melendez directed the majority of them. He even provided the vocal effects for Snoopy and Woodstock in every single production, voice acting the characters in the studio by uttering gibberish, and the voices were mechanically sped up at different volumes to represent the two different characters. According to a New York Times article shortly after his death, Melendez did not intend to do voice acting for the two characters. "Schulz would not countenance the idea of a beagle uttering English dialogue, Mr. Melendez recited gibberish into a tape recorder, sped it up and put the result on the soundtrack.“ He also directed, did the animation for, and provided voice acting in the first four Peanuts theatrical films, A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969), Snoopy, Come Home (1972), Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977), and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (1980). The last Peanuts-related production he worked on was He's a Bully, Charlie Brown (2006).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1948
    Age 31
    When the number of animation units at Warner Bros. was reduced from four to three in 1948, Melendez, after being moved to Robert McKimson's unit for a time, moved over to United Productions of America (UPA) where he animated on cartoons such as Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950).
    More Details Hide Details Melendez also produced and directed thousands of television commercials, first at UPA, then Playhouse Pictures and John Sutherland Productions.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1916
    Born
    Born on November 15, 1916.
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