Melendez Films

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Melendez Films
Type Privately held
Industry Animation, Film
Founded 1969, As Bill Melendez Productions UK
Founders Steven C. Melendez and Bill Melendez
Headquarters London, UK, Burbank, California, USA
Key people Steven C. Melendez, Kaj Melendez, Mirza-Javed
Products Animated feature films
Employees 70 at peak
Website Bill Melendez Inc

Melendez Films is a film animation studio. It was founded in 1969 as a London subsidiary of Bill Melendez Productions (best known for producing the Peanuts specials) by Steven C. Melendez (son of animator Bill Meléndez).

The studio produced the ambitious animated feature film Dick Deadeye, based on the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. In 1979 the company produced a two 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 such educational shorts as Happily Ever After and 'Two Daddies To Love Me for PBS.

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