Warren Lockhart, 71, produced “Peanuts” specials

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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.

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