William Bud Luckey was born on July 28, 1934. He is an American singer, musician, voice actor, composer, and cartoonist. Bud is best known for lending his voice for Rick Dicker in The Incredibles, Chuckles the Crown in Toy Story 3 and Winnie the Pooh. He has designed the characters in movies like ‘Ratatouille’, The Incredibles, ‘Cars’, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, ‘Boundin’, Toy Story, , and The Toy Story 3 at Pixar.

He is born and brought up in Billings, Montana. He earlier served as a Visual Information Specialist in North Africa and Europe, from 1953-1954, with NATO Allied Occupation Force. After resigning from Air Force Duty, he enrolled at Chouinard Art Institute from 1957-1960. After completing his graduation, he worked as Babbitt’s assistant at Quartet Films in Los Angeles. In 1961, he worked as an animator for The Alvin Show. He also worked for Mad magazine television special as an animator produced by Jimmy Murakami and Gordon Bellamy.

He worked on television commercials for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, and Froot Loops. He became in charge of all advisements containing Schulz character as the senior art director and producer. Don Hadley, his friend, who is a creative writer, co-produced/ created many short documentary films of Sesame Street with Luckey. In early 2000’s Hadley worked with Luckey at Pixar. Luckey is the great mind behind the idea to make a cowboy doll, Woody, during the making of Toy Story.

Luckey is the founder of The Luckey’s Zamora Picture Moving Company, an animation studio, which he owned in the early 1970s and in the late 80s he merged it with Colossal Pictures before he joined Pixar in 1992. Luckey was the fifth animator of Pixar. From 1991-1992, he designed the characters for the animated adaptation of the movie Back To The Future.. He has worked as a writer, director, composer, and performed as solo singer/narrator at Pixar 2004 Animated Short Film ‘Boundin’ and won the Annie Award and an Academy Award nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Bud got partly retired from Pixar in 2008 but continued working with the studio as a voice over artist from time to time. He has seen computer technology growing and animation industry going through immense uproar in front of his eyes but he has survived and is flourishing in this new age of digital media. Bud has illustrated and designed more than 100 books for children which consisted of his characters like The Golden Book Mater and The Ghost Light.

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Bill Melendez

He was a Mexican-American character animator, voice artist, film director, and producer. He was known for his work at Walt Disney Productions and Warner Bros studios. He won six Emmy Awards, starting with “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965), the first “Peanuts” television special. With Lee Mendelson, he directed and animated about four movies, 70 Peanuts television specials, and hundreds of commercials. Born as José Cuauhtémoc Meléndez in the Mexican city of Hermosillo, Sonora, his father was an Army cavalry officer who later became a general. In 1928, his mother along with his siblings moved to Arizona concerning their studies. Later, their family moved to Los Angeles. He was a very brilliant student who attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He always wanted to be an engineer but after his graduation, there was the ‘The Great Depression.’ So he had to leave his studies and had to do odd jobs including working in a lumberyard. He got his first break when he showed his drawings to Walt Disney Company. After a routine training, Disney hired him in 1938. Here, he helped in animating ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Pinocchio’ cartoons. Disney named him Bill as his original name was too long for the credits on the screen. In 1941, he left Disney and moved to Leon Schlesinger Productions, which was later acquired by Warner Bros. Productions. At Warner Bros, he worked on developing and improving Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the all time favorite Bugs Bunny. When Warner Bros. decided to reduce the number of working units from four to three, he moved to United Productions of America (UPA). There, he developed cartoons such as ‘Gerald McBoing-Boing’ and several others. In 1964, he founded his company in the basement of his home named Bill Melendez Productions. It is still active and run by his son. The creator of ‘Peanuts’, Mr. Charles M. Schulz kept a deep faith in him. He was the only person whom Mr. Schulz allowed working on creating his characters into television specials. Melendez’s studio worked on everything related to Peanuts gang, a majority of them were directed by Melendez himself. Along with animating the cartoons, he also gave his voice to some characters such as ‘Woodstock’ and ‘Snoopy.’ His voice was run speeded up so that it can provide a gibberish sound to the animated characters. He married Helen Huhn in 1940, and they lived peacefully together until death separated them. They had two children both sons. His son, Steven is the president of Bill Melendez Productions and the other son, Rodrigo is a retired rear admiral in the United States Navy. He died at the age of ninety-one on September 2, 2008, in Santa Monica, California, USA. Even after his death, he will be remembered and loved for his decades of squeaks, squawks, and grunts.

Bill Melendez English Actor