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Bill Melendez
Born José Cuauhtémoc Meléndez
November 15, 1916(1916-11-15)
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Died September 2, 2008 (aged 91)
Santa Monica, California, USA
Occupation Animator
Years active 1938–2006
Spouse(s) Helen Melendez (1940-2008)

José Cuauhtémoc "Bill" Meléndez (November 15, 1916 – September 2, 2008)[1] was a Mexican-American character animator, film director and producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers, UPA and the Peanuts series. Melendez provided the voice of Snoopy and Woodstock in the latter as well.


Early life

A native of the Mexican city of Hermosillo, Sonora, Melendez was educated in U.S. public schools in Douglas, Arizona, and later in Los Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute (which would later become California Institute of the Arts).

UPA and commercial animation work

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. Melendez also produced and directed thousands of television commercials, first at UPA, then Playhouse Pictures and John Sutherland Productions.[2] In 1963, Melendez founded his own studio in the basement of his Hollywood home. Bill Melendez Productions is still active and is currently run by his son Steven Melendez.[3]

Other work

In addition to animation, Melendez was once a faculty member at the University of Southern California's Cinema Arts Department.

He is parodied in the online cartoon Homestar Runner.[4]

Related companies

  • Melendez Films – Animation division : United Kingdom, video and interactive entertainment


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