Warren Landry Lockhart, the producer of several Peanuts TV specials and an Oscar-winning documentary film, died suddenly January 19 in his Culver City, California office. He was 71.
In 1976, he and Lee Mendelson shared a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Informational Children’s Special for Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown.
He and co-producers John Korty and Dan McCann shared the 1978 Academy Award for documentary feature for Who Are the DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?), about a couple whose huge family was made up mostly of disabled youngsters.
Lockhart was co-executive producer of the 1977 cartoon movie The Mouse and His Child, based on Russell Hoban’s novel about a pair of mechanical toy mice.
His association with the Peanuts gang began in 1968, when he started working for the Ice Follies. There, he thought of adding Charles Schulz’s characters to the skating show. Soon after Schulz introduced him to Mendelson, producer of the Peanuts TV specials, he hired Lockhart as president of Charles Schulz Creative Associates.
The job entailed managing the worldwide marketing and distribution of Peanuts merchandise worldwide with United Features Syndicate. As well, Charles Schulz Creative Associates produced TV, stage and film projects.
Lockhart was “president” of the TV specials You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown(1972) and There’s No Time For Love, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving(both 1973), along with the 1972 movie Snoopy, Come Home.
He also was a writer for the 1988 cartoon special Snoopy, The Musical. Lockhart had been a member of the writing team which produced the original stage version, a sequel to the Broadway production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
He received Grammy nominations for best children’s recording in 1977 and 1978 for his work on A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown’s All-Stars, respectively.
The 1979 TV adaptation of Who Are the DeBolts? was nominated for an Emmy for informational program.
Born in Hollywood, California, he received his Bachelor of Sciences degree from UC Berkeley.
Warren Lockhart is survived by his wife Linda, two daughters and a son, and seven grandchildren.