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R.I.P.

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Bill Melendez, the voice of Snoopy and the animator mostly responsible for all the Peanuts cartoons, passed away on Tuesday.

He was 91 years old.

CLICK HERE to read all about his storied life.

OSCAR® NOMINATED and EMMY® AWARD WINNING ANIMATOR and DIRECTOR BILL MELENDEZ DIES

Spending more than 70 Years in the Entertainment Industry Bill Melendez is Best Known for Giving the PeanutsTM Characters Life Including Classics: “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

LOS ANGELES – September 3, 2008 – Bill Melendez, considered a pioneer in animation and best known for bringing the PEANUTSTM characters to life died early Tuesday morning September 2nd at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica. Doctors say Melendez died “peacefully.” He was 91 years old preparing to celebrate his 92nd birthday in November.

With his trade mark handle bar mustache, Melendez was a phenomenal talent whose unique style and distinct sense of humor inspired a generation.

Melendez began his career at Walt Disney Studios. As a talented young animator he worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Dumbo and classic Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons.

Years later, Melendez expanded his resume when he moved to Warner Bros. to animate other famous cartoons such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.

In 1948 Melendez left Warner Bros. and over the next decade and a half he served as a director and producer on more than 1,000 commercials and films for United Productions of America (UPA), Playhouse Pictures and John Sutherland Productions. It was at UPA that Melendez started doing work for New York-based J. Walter Thompson ad agency, whose client included Ford Motor Co. The car maker expressed interest in using PEANUTS characters to sell its cars on television. In 1959 Melendez prepared his animation work and showed it to PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schulz.

A partnership and friendship followed and as a result, Melendez gave the PEANUTS kids life in more than 63 half-hour specials, five one-hour specials, four feature films and more than 372 commercials. Favorites include “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” “She’s a Good Skate Charlie Brown,” and “You’re a Good Sport Charlie Brown.” In addition to creating the cartoons, Melendez also provided the voices for Snoopy and Woodstock.

Over the years, Melendez also animated “Garfield on the Town,” “Cathy,” “Babar Comes to America,” and “The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe,” among others.

Melendez, who was the only animator allowed to work with the PEANUTS characters won numerous awards and accolades including: 17 Emmy Award nominations and eight (8) Emmy® Award wins, one (1) Oscar® Award nomination, two (2) Peabody Awards, one (1) Clio, three (3) National Cartoonist Society Awards, and more than 150 Advertising Awards.

Under the leadership of his son and other trusted executives, Bill Melendez Productions, Inc., its sister studio Melendez Films in London and Sopwith Productions (Melendez’s art distribution unit) will continue to animate, direct and produce features and commercials.

Born Jose Cuautemoc in 1916 in Sonora, Mexico, his family moved to Arizona in 1928 and then to Los Angeles in the early 1930s. Melendez trained at the Chouinard Art Studio (now CalArts) and is a former faculty member of the Cinema Arts Department at USC.

Melendez is survived by his wife of 68 years Helen, two sons Steven Melendez and (Ret.) Navy Rear Admiral Rodrigo Melendez, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service will take place for family only.

Donations can be made in Bill Melendez’s name to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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51 comments to “R.I.P.”



  1. 1

    Wow, he will be missed! RIP!



  2. 2

    awww R.I.P. i love snoopy!!!!

  3. Dayna says – reply to this


    3

    Rip



  4. 4

    uhhhh…. Snoopy had a voice??



  5. 5

    Bye Bill, say hi to Chuck Shultz.

  6. Kate says – reply to this


    6

    Bye Snoopy.

  7. Fresh says – reply to this


    7

    Did he and Charles Shultz share drawing responsibility??



  8. 8

    Sounds like a nice long career! RIP



  9. 9

    yea snoopy had that goofy laugh…i guess that was melendez??
    RIP .. you made all my holidays better with all the peanuts gang cartoons for easter,valentines,christmas,halloween,and thanksgiving.. I now show them to my kids.. they love them.. especially the Great Pumpkin.



  10. 10

    Awww. I loved Snoopy. R.I.P



  11. 11

    Descance en paz Jose Cuautemoc Melendez.



  12. 12

    RIP Bill
    Why are all the awesome people dying?



  13. 13

    aww how sad :(



  14. 14

    r.i.p xx



  15. 15

    awwwwwwwwww (N)



  16. 16

    awwww he was a cute old man. :)



  17. 17

    It's horrible how this article is being overshadowed by readers in comparison to the Sarah Palin one above it.
    RIP
    peace love and gossip, L



  18. 18

    him and schultz were great



  19. 19

    I love the Charlie Brown Christmas!!!!
    It's great that they actually have a scene that talks about what Christmas is all about……the birth of our Savior - Jesus Christ. Makes me cry everytime.
    It's sad, one day they will stop airing it because some atheist can't handle it….



  20. 20

    I'll miss this guy. RIP.



  21. 21

    Your talent and spirit will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing.



  22. 22

    So sad! =( I love Snoopy - RIP Bill



  23. 23

    Awww !
    sad!
    I love PEANUTS !! :D



  24. 24

    You will always be an inspiration Jose.



  25. 25

    What a career! Wow, 65 years married to the same person. Unheard of these days.
    RIP and thank you for your beautiful work!



  26. 26

    hmmm, did snoopy have a voice? This is sad news. :(



  27. 27

    :( may he rest in peace and may his soul rest in heaven



  28. 28

    Aw :(
    That makes me really sad.
    I LOVE peanuts.



  29. 29

    I only have two words to say about Mr. Melendez' passing…GOOD GRIEF!!!



  30. 30

    oh no! my son LOVES Peanuts! I had just looked him up on wikipedia and thought, "wow he's still alive? he's pretty old!" and now he passed away! I am SO sad!!! :(



  31. 31

    Awww, that really sucks.



  32. 32

    sad.sad
    oh yahh.
    and all yew who dont like perez…why the hell are u reading his website and saying it should be shut down!
    some people like me LOVE it and dont want to hear shity excuses cuz u are soo jealous of perez!
    =p



  33. 33

    you WILL be missed. rest in peace.



  34. 34

    Thank you Bill for the smiles you brought to our faces :-)



  35. 35

    rest in peace.



  36. 36

    Sweet mohawk. Rest in Peace



  37. 37

    Oh my God that scared me. For a minute he looked like the "diabetes guy"and I like him.
    I barely read or watch anything with Charlie Brown. No doubt however this is sad.
    RIP



  38. 38

    I am a total Peanuts fan ! I collect Peanuts and Tinkerbell stuff. The character Charlie Brown is the absolute originator of Emo. His bleeding heart brings me to tears sometimes. Charles Shultz was a genius, his work is deeper and more painful than some people think. This was my Grandaddy's favorite comic strip. R.I.P. Miss and love you all !



  39. 39

    He lived a very long and full life, accomplishing so many things. He will be missed dearly - Snoopy and the Peanut gang were a childhood favorite of mine!

    R.I.P. Bill Melendez



  40. 40

    NO! Nobody can draw Snoopy like he can.



  41. 41

    Rest in Peace Bill Melendez.



  42. 42

    Good Mssr. Melendez. Your contributions to laughter and an American icon will never be forgotten.



  43. 43

    A great show for us all to watch when we were little.
    Thanks for the memories.
    But now it's time for you to RIP.
    Sad.



  44. 44

    AWwwwwww….RIP…..seems all those that make us happy are leaving….he had a wonderful life and left a wonderful legacy….RIP



  45. 45

    Sad, sad… Does anybody else notices he looks alot like the Monopoly guy???

  46. Memi says – reply to this


    46

    AWWWW! I LOVE SNOOPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rest in Peace, Sincerely!



  47. 47

    R.I.P.



  48. 48

    RIP, wonderful man.



  49. 49

    i loved peanuts, charlie brown was my favorite character of all time.
    RIP Bill Melendez



  50. 50

    made in mex



  51. 51

    omg thats so sad
    RIP
    he did plenty of good thats for sure