and voice actor
of the Peanuts feature film
s and TV special
s, starting with A Charlie Brown Christmas
in 1965. From Joe Viewer's standpoint, his biggest role in the screen adaptations of Charles M. Schulz
's comic strip was as the voice of Snoopy
. He performed almost all of Snoopy's growls, whimpers, and yipes. (The exception was for the TV adaptations of the musicals You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
, where Snoopy actually had a human voice.)
Melendez's biggest pet peeve as an animator was lip synching, and he is said to have spent hours on end matching the characters' mouth shapes to their spoken/sung lines, often using a mirror to see what his mouth looked like as he read the teleplay.
Melendez was also one of the main men responsible for bringing Garfield and Cathy to television.