| PEANUTS ARTWORK
Our collection of original Peanuts art features a collection from the archive of Bill
Melendez. Click on the links below each image to view these original production cels,
drawings, and rare layouts, limited edition lithographs cels, and serigraphs.
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|Animation Director Bill Melendez
LOS ANGELES – September 3, 2008 – Bill Melendez,
considered a pioneer in animation and
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 trademark 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
Years later, Melendez expanded his resume when he
moved to Warner Bros. to animate other
famous cartoons such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and
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.
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