Thursday, July 27, 2017

June Foray (1917-2017)

She was the grand dame of cartoon voices, and was still working up to her passing yesterday, just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Today, we mourn and celebrate the career of June Foray, both here and in Saturday Morning Archives (naturally).

It's easy to recite some of June's best known voices. Rocky, the flying squirrel, a role she played well into this decade, with an appearance in a GEICO commercial a few years back. Granny, who owned both Tweety & Sylvester, and was later rebooted as the Looney Tunes' answer, if ya will, to Angela Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher (Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries), and the original voice of Witch Hazel, who often sparred with Bugs Bunny (Hazel, for some reason, was rebooted as Lezah, and recast for the Looney Tunes Show, even though Foray reprised Granny on the same show). She voiced all the female characters in Jay Ward's various productions, and was Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966). Finding some of her work in front of the camera will be a project. I do have something over at the Archives of an appearance on Johnny Carson's CBS series in the 50's, and I'll bring that over another time.

For now, we're bringing out a classic tale from the original Twilight Zone, as June provides the voice of Talky Tina, whom many say was the inspiration for the malevolent Chucky in the "Child's Play" movie series. From 1963, here's "Living Doll". June will not be credited, but this also serves as an early TV role for future icon Telly Savalas. The opening & closing have been sped up to avoid the copyright police.

Out of respect, we will forego the rating this time. As it is, I don't remember seeing this on TV growing up.

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