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RIP June Foray

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    And she was so close to her 100th birthday too. She had a very long, productive life bringing joy and happiness to generations of animation fans, but she's still gone too soon . . . I almost feel like crying right now.

    Actually, I really feel like digging up my old stuffed Rocky the Flying Squirrel I used to sleep with and cuddling it tonight.

    :cry: :cry: :cry:
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  2. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    *GASP* WHAT?!?!? NOOOOOO!!! :cry:
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Aw, I'm really sorry to hear this. It's pretty amazing that she was on cartoons that my grandparents watched when they were kids in the 50s, and my parents, and me and my siblings.

    *sigh. I'm gonna miss her, but i'm really glad I got to know who she was while she was still here.

    I can't imagine another person playing Granny. June's voice for her was just so perfect.
  4. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    I'm so disappointed. :( Well, I suppose watching Rocky and Bullwinkle won't be the same now.
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  5. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Amazing how she was able to voice act for almost a century. Now she can finally rest in peace.

    Thanks for the great memories, Miss Foray.
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  6. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    She will truly be missed:cry::cry::cry:
  7. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Oh dear...that's so sad. :-(

    She was amazing as the long-time Granny in Looney Tunes franchise, and also as Rocky. And she was so close to reaching 100 as well.

    It will be hard to watch the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons for a while. She'll definitely be missed.
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  8. ErinAardvark

    ErinAardvark Well-Known Member

  9. fragglevision

    fragglevision Active Member

    sorry I'm late to the punch, but this was probably the biggest blow I've gotten from a celebrity death in... well not too long, considering last year, as we all know, was an absolute beast for these deaths. Last one I can remember really screwing me over was Carrie Fisher. (And adding to my misery, I got a stomach bug the day after Carrie died and had to be quarantined in my room, but that's another story.)

    To paraphrase something I wrote on my Tumblr: when someone like June dies, someone who has been a part of your life for as long as you can remember, whose work you've connected with during good and bad times and you can almost see yourself in... then it's like losing a member of your own family. I'm reminded now of the Glee episode where Sue's sister died and she gave a speech likening their kinship to an invisible tether where you can almost feel someone no matter how far away they are. And then they die and take a part of you with them. It's sort of like that.

    June's name first became familiar to me when I was 10 and would constantly watch the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie - which, looking back on it now, wasn't a masterpiece, but I remember being fascinated with Rocky's voice. There was just something about it that made me mentally adopt him as one of my earliest smol beans. Then I got older and I was intrigued to find out that in addition to her voice acting duties, she was partially responsible for animation being taken a bit more seriously by awards shows and the like. She cofounded the Annie Awards and fought not only for the Oscars to keep their Animated Short category, but to introduce the Animated Feature category. And that she had been doing voice acting since 1943. Now she's up there with Carrie (among others) on my list of my most amazing women.

    Since voice actors (much like Muppeteers) tend to fly under the radar 90% of the time (even if she did trend on Twitter for at least a few hours), I'm pleased at the outpouring of love and memories from all these people. That said, I doubt that she'll be included in the "In Memoriam" clip reels for the Emmys or Oscars (as Jerry was cruelly snubbed from after his death, Daytime Emmys notwithstanding), but if someone on either show at least brings her up during an acceptance speech or something then I'll probably be satisfied.

    My religious views are kind of complicated, but I just know that June is someplace special right now. And that she knows about all the love everyone is sending her.

    tl;dr June's passing has been hard for me to process. She is one of my inspirations. Rest in power, babe. <3

    (Also, if you're curious, there's going to be a public memorial for June in Beverly Hills in September! Here's a bit of info about it.)
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  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    This is exactly how I felt back in 2012 when Andy Griffith died: growing up in the south, he was very much a huge part of our culture, and his show has never been off our local airwaves (up until recently, thanks to Harry Connick, Jr.), so when he passed away, yes, I very much felt like I lost a family member.
  11. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    Sorry for jumping in late, but I was sad when I heard that June passed away. I loved hearing her voice in Looney Tunes cartoons and Rocky and Bullwinkle. At least she won an Emmy at 95, which was way overdue in my opinion. Perhaps the First Lady of voice acting so close to becoming 100 years old!

    RIP Ms. June Foray, your voice will live on forever
  12. ErinAardvark

    ErinAardvark Well-Known Member

    I actually created this video six years ago, and it's gotten quite a few views for the past couple of weeks. I hope you all enjoy it. Also keep in mind, this is just a small sampling of some of my favorite voices Ms. Foray has done. If I included everything she's done, this video would last about a week, I'm sure. Maybe even longer. If I left out a favorite of yours, I apologize. As I said, these are my favorites, and we are all biased.

  13. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, i've seen that video a few times over the years. I didn't realize you made it.

    I have to say, Natasha and Granny are my two favorite voices of her's
  14. fragglevision

    fragglevision Active Member

    well welp, the Emmys actually put her in there. I love how they had to put a picture of Rocky next to hers probably because her face alone wouldn't cull enough audience sympathies. (Beautiful song from Christopher Jackson, BTW.)

    Also I'm a bit late (again) but I realized that your video was the one that AV Club used to demonstrate her range. That's gotta be where a lot of those "quite a few" views came from.
  15. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Nice to see Adam West being in there also.
  16. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Hokey smoke! I heard of her death a month or so back but this is the first I've seen this thread. Yeah that is a shame that she didn't make it to 100.
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