I was saddened on Thursday night to hear the news that June Foray had passed away at the age of 99. She was a remarkable voice actor whose is most notably known for the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show from the 60s. There was nothing like it on TV at the time and it spawned any number of culturally subversive cartoons that followed. Dare I say without Rocky and Bullwinkle we would not have Ren and Stimpy or Ralph Bakshi’s crazed version of Mighty Mouse.
Miss Foray reprised the voice of Rocky in the 2000 live action movie, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, starring Robert Di Niro as Fearless Leader, Jason Alexander as Boris Badenov, and Rene Russo as Natahsa Fatale. The movie was uneven but still a joy with the inspired cast list and cameos. Other voices in Miss Foray’s repertoire include Granny and every other witch that appeared in Looney Toons cartoons. Her voice was unmistakable.
OK, so much for the sadness. On the fun side, please enjoy the 55 minute or so documentary Of Moose And Men, the story of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
Thank you June for all of the joy you’ve given so many people in your long career.