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Bill Melendez Productions
Melendez Films
Melendez Features, Inc.
Company typePrivately held
IndustryAnimation, Film
Founded1962 (As Bill Melendez Productions)
FounderSteven C. Melendez
Bill Melendez
HeadquartersLondon, England, United Kingdom
Burbank, California, United States
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Key people
J.C. Melendez
Steven C. Melendez
Kaj Melendez
Mirza-Javed Melendez
ProductsAnimated feature films
Number of employees
70 at peak
DivisionsMendelson/Melendez Productions
WebsiteBill Melendez Inc

Melendez Films (formerly Bill Melendez Productions and Melendez Features, Inc.) is a film animation studio. It was founded in 1962 by Steven C. Melendez, the son of Peanuts animator Bill Melendez.

The studio produced the ambitious animated feature film Dick Deadeye, based on the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. In 1979 the company produced a one-and-a-half-hour television special based on the C.S. Lewis classic book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and the film subsequently won two Emmy Awards for "best animated film" and "script adaptation". Melendez Films has also produced many series for television including "Fred Basset" and "The Perishers", as well as educational mini films like Molly and the Skywalkerz for PBS, which were not rebroadcast for a couple of decades and did not surface on home media until after the 1998 VHS debut.[citation needed]

The company continues to create commercials in France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece and Sweden as well as the UK and the U.S. working for clients such as Scandinavian Airlines, Schick, British Rail, Colgate, Ferrero, and the British Government.

Mendelson/Melendez Productions

Mendelson/Melendez Productions
FormerlyLee Mendelson/Bill Melendez Productions
PredecessorPlayhouse Pictures
FoundersLee Mendelson
Bill Melendez
FateRetirement of co-founder Bill Melendez
SuccessorFilm Roman
Lee Mendelson Film Productions
Bill Melendez Productions
(until 1983)
The Fantastic Funnies
No Man's Valley
OwnerLee Mendelson Film Productions
Bill Melendez Productions

Mendelson/Melendez Productions (sometimes credited as Mendelson-Melendez Productions and formerly as Lee Mendelson/Bill Melendez Productions.) was an American animation studio founded in 1965 and was active until 2006. It was mostly famous for its Peanuts animated specials.


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