Lee Mendelson — the person behind over 50 Charlie Brown TV specials — died on Christmas Day after an extended battle with most cancers … in accordance with his household.
The esteemed “Peanuts” producer reportedly handed away at his house in Hillsborough, CA. His son, Jason, says … “It wasn’t nice for us, however to have him cross on Christmas actually ties into his historical past and legacy.”
Together with producing the vacation tv traditional, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in 1965, Lee additionally wrote the lyrics to “Christmas Time Is Right here” … the tune famously featured within the particular. The particular introduced Mendelson the primary of his 12 Emmy Awards.
Mendelson earned his 12th Emmy in 2015 for “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown.” He is additionally received four Peabody Awards and was nominated for an Oscar and a couple of Grammys.
Lee’s relationship with “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz started within the ’60s on the heels of Mendelson’s acclaimed documentary about Willie Mays. Schultz noticed it and agreed to work with Lee on one other documentary … however ended up producing the ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ particular as a substitute.
The success of that led to 1966’s “It’s the Nice Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and 1973’s “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” amongst many others.
Mendelson teamed with “Garfield” creator Jim Davis within the ’80s to supply the primary animated brief that includes the grumpy cat … and went on to assist launch the “Garfield and Buddies” sequence within the early ’90s.
Lee produced a number of documentaries and community specials outdoors of youngsters’s programming, as effectively. He is survived by his spouse, Ploenta, four kids, a stepson and eight grandchildren.