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Bill Melendez dead at 91

Peanuts animator Bill Melendez is seen here in his Sherman Oaks studio in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Peanuts animator Bill Melendez is seen here in his Sherman Oaks studio in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Having my own problems with my dog this week, I missed the news that Bill Melendez, the animator who gave life to the Peanuts characters in scores of TV specials and movies, including holiday classics such as ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ died Tuesday Sept. 2, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif. [ Globe Gazette | NY Times]

I have always enjoyed the original Peanuts TV specials.  In fact, I do own the classic holiday specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas respectively.

From the articles I have read, I understand that Charles Schulz hand picked him to do the animation for the Peanuts TV specials.  I can say he made a great choice and it was nice to see him complete two additional TV specials after Mr Schulz death. Mr Melendez will be missed as well.  So, this probably brings an end to the Peanuts era on TV.  We can only remember these excellent specials on DVD. For example, Linus’ explanation of Christmas in the Charlie Brown Christmas special:

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