Live Story: June Foray
The Live Story series celebrates living people. We want them to know that they are appreciated.
“And now here’s something you’ll really like…”
–Rocket J. (“Rocky the Flying”) Squirrel (voice by June Foray)
As a voice artist, you don’t get paid for making funny voices…you get paid for making voices funny.
It takes someone who can act, who can get a desired emotional response out of an audience, to be successful. June Foray, who started doing voicework nearly seven decades ago, is a great example of that.
Take, for instance, Rocky and His Friends (Rocky & Bullwinkle). June Foray was pitch perfect as the plucky flying squirrel. We believed in his enthusiasm, and his friendship with Bullwinkle the Moose. Of course, we worried when Natasha Fatale (and Boris Badenov) plotted to “get squirrel”…and Natasha was also voiced by June! That wasn’t enough…Nell Fenwick, the love interest for Dudley Do-right, was brought to life by June Foray. She was also the Marjorie Main-esque Fairy Godmother in Fractured Fairy Tales, and many other voices.
That’s just one show!
From Disney (Ma Beagle on Duck Tales, Grandmother Fa), to Warner Brothers (Tweety and Sylvester’s owner Granny, Witch Hazel), to Hanna-Barbera (Jokey Smurf), many studios have used June’s talents.
While she’s often heart warming, she was a lot more chilling as the voice of Talking Tina in the classic Twilight Zone episode, Living Doll.
She’s also unmistakable dubbing the voice of “Sport” in the very last episode of that series, “The Bewitchin’ Pool”.
As to adaptations, she’s been Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz…and Spider-Man’s Aunt May.
While her autobiography is called Did You Grow Up With Me, Too?, I think, perhaps more importantly, her performances have helped many of us keep our childlike joy as adults.
June Foray, thank you for all that you have done.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle