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'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:49 am

Remember those classic Peanuts cartoons that usually showed up on TV around the holidays (and various other times)? Bill Melendez, one of the animators (and producer as well) of those cartoons, had died at the age of 91.

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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j...wmmuNMCq6Iuz4KVQnE3yTvJDgD92VJLD80

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RE: 'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:51 am

How come all the cool people are dying recently? Chef, Bernie Mac, the movie preview guy...
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RE: 'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:56 am

Oh dear!  Sad May he now be free to decorate all the tree's of Heaven.

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RE: 'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:25 am

He lived a long life and brought a lot of joy to millions of children. There was no event more satisfying as a kid than to watch CBS with my family and see the "Special Presentation" logo spin in, because I knew there would be a Peanuts holiday show. We all loved those shows, and they had an innocence and purity that you can't find today.
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RE: 'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:07 am



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 3):
I knew there would be a Peanuts holiday show

They are a cherished childhood memory of mine. Ranks right up there with the classic Disney stuff.
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RE: 'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:57 pm

A little-known fact is that besides being the producer, Bill Melendez also provided the 'voice' of Snoopy for the TV specials.

RIP Mr. Melendez, you will be missed...  crying 
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RE: 'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:06 pm



Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 5):
A little-known fact is that besides being the producer, Bill Melendez also provided the 'voice' of Snoopy for the TV specials.

IIRC, he also did Woodstock's chirping (from the comic strip "| | | | |") as well.
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RE: 'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:29 pm

Interesting exerpt from the below-article regarding A Charlie Brown Christmas at the time of its first airing:
http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx/?news=3292481=28103>

The first special was 1965's "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The show reportedly worried CBS because it broke so much new ground for a cartoon: It lacked a laugh track, used real children as voice actors, had a jazz score and included a scene in which Linus recited lines from the New Testament.

However, the show was a ratings success and has gone on to become a Christmastime perennial.
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RE: 'Peanuts' Animator Dies At 91

Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:00 pm

I agree with several posters....the Peanuts TV specials were something memorable as a child. Charles Schulz, Bill Melendez and the rest deserve so much credit for bringing so much joy to so many children decade after decade. No modern cartoon will ever be able to live up to the high quality Charlie Brown shows.

I have vivid memories listening to the annoucer say "brought to you by Dolly Madison" loved those little treats too.
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