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R.I.P. June Foray (1917-2017)

Written by Zechs on Thursday, July 27 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

R.I.P. June Foray (1917-2017)

The iconic actress of a thousand voices has left us at the age of 99.

June Foray, the voice of countless animated voices passed away yesterday at the age of 99. She was the woman of a thousand voices literally. Her vocal roles ranged from Rocket J. "Rocky" Squirrel (1959- she reprised the role all the way to 2017!) along with Natasha Fatale from Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, Granny (a role she had from 1955-2014!) and Witch Hazel from Looney Tunes, Magica De Spell/Ma Beagle from DuckTales (the former role she reprised for the remastered video game in 2013), Cindy Lou Hoo in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch that Stole Christmas, Grammi Gummi in The Adventure of the Gummi Bears, May Parker in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, and really so many roles. Literally if was big animated production she probably had a voice somewhere in it. Her voice work is just so darn vast. 

Really, the only voice actor who can even compare to the length of voice she had would probably be Mel Blanc, and it's very easy to compare the two given how many iconic roles they had and represented for a VERY long time. However, as legendary animator, Chuck Jones once said for her induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame (and it just rings so true): "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc was the male June Foray."

"June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc was the male June Foray."

Forary continued to voice act until she was 94 and her final role was in the Garfield Show as Mrs. Cauldron to which she got an Emmy for (getting another nod in the history books as the oldest actor to ever win an Emmy). Speaking of awards, she was instrumental in the creation of the Annie Awards (which are basically Oscars for voice work).  

For myself, it'll be Granny and Magica (cause villains always the villains) that were my favorite roles of her. With Granny, it was because here was this old lady who kicked unholy ass and took none of the bullshit Sylvester the Cat tried to pull with her at times for his quest to eat Tweety Bird. 

We truly lost an iconic trailblazer to her genre and more. Thank you, Miss Foray.














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Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Moment of the Week, and Durnkin Reveewz. He's also the official whuppin boy at the Outhouse. So he'll get stuck seeing stuff that no mere mortal should ever see. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. He's also brutally honest. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.


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