RIP June Foray (1917-2017)

Damnit. I KNEW this was coming eventually. When a legend like June Foray reaches 99 years of age, you know it’s only a matter of time before they leave you. And yesterday it finally happened: the last surviving person from the Golden Age of Animation has finally passed away, two months shy of her 100th birthday.

June Foray had a voice talent on a level with Mel Blanc, though many didn’t realize it for years (the saying goes “Don’t say that June Foray was the female Mel Blanc, rather say that Mel Blanc was the male June Foray”).

Among her many voice roles, June Foray provided the voice of:

  • Granny (Tweety Pie’s owner in the Looney Tunes cartoons)
  • Witch Hazel (the green witch who inevitably needs a rabbit for her potion)
  • assorted characters in Looney Tunes and Disney cartoons, often voicing a “nagging wife” character
  • Lucifer the Cat in Disney’s Cinderella (1950)
  • Rocky the Flying Squirrel and the evil Natasha in Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Cindy Lou Who in the TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
  • Grandmother Fa in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004)
  • Jokey Smurf in the original cartoon The Smurfs
  • and so many more

With June Foray’s passing, the last living link to a Golden Age of cartoons is gone, truly the end of an era.

June Foray as Witch Hazel

Lucifer the Cat in Cinderella

Grandmother Fa in Mulan

Rest in peace June Foray, you are already sorely missed.

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