On January 31st Asifa Hollywood’s Annie Awards were held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. In advance of the full event being post on You Tube next week, we have this clip of producer Lee Mendelson receiving his Winsor McCay Award, in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation.
Mendelson helped to make television history in December of 1965 with the premiere of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, which not only impacted the television animation industry, but has become a staple of the holiday season. Mendelson working closely with “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz and director Bill Melendez to produce forty–four more “Charlie Brown” specials, which covered just about every holiday and topical subject there is. In between, Lee produced four feature films, beginning with 1969’s A Boy Named Charlie Brown, and two television specials featuring “Garfield,” and three specials featuring another comic strip star, Cathy.
Here is segment featuring Mendelson getting his award, presented by his two sons – and Linus…
Credits: Clip edited by Josh Gladstone; end title music by Peter Deneff; titles, graphics and additional post production by David Derks. For more information on the Annie Awards visit http://annieawards.org/