The entire story can be found here. Bill Melendez, the Emmy Award-winning animator of more than 70 cartoons featuring characters from the Peanuts comic strip, has died at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. He was 91. Prior to working on Peanuts, Melendez drew many of the famous Disney and Warner Bros animated figures of the 1930s and 1940s, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, and worked on the film classics Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi and Dumbo. Melendez won five Emmy Awards for his work on Peanuts. He also won Emmys for creating the first animated cartoons of Jim Davis' Garfield and for animating CS Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Melendez was born in 1916 in Hermosillo, Mexico and moved to Douglas, Arizona in 1928, and later to Los Angeles. He began drawing as a child. He studied at what is now the California Institute of the Arts and joined the Disney studio in 1938.