So, when people get ready for work in the morning, they usually think about a few things: breakfast, commute packing, the day ahead, and maybe plans for the evening. Me, I think about those things. But some mornings, like this morning, I think about things like the odds of June Foray, the voice of Rocky the Squirrel, and I both living long enough for me to meet her, do my Bullwinkle voice and have her naturally reply as Rocky. That’s how I spent a good five minutes this morning. For real.
So, it’s with some joy that I search the Web and find Foray, now 94, still in good health and still doing the voices that made her the Queen of Cartoon Voices. Recent work includes a Pacifica radio appearance in December (reprising her work as Natasha Fatale and sounding great doing so), stage appearances last month and last June, work on the Annie animation awards, and (noted in the previous link) much more.
Still strong of voice, Foray is currently spending four nights a week out until midnight as a judge for the Academy Awards in the fields of short films and animated films. She’s also proud of the fact that she’s featured in a new Sylvester and Tweety cartoon short that is playing in theaters nationwide as an extra attraction with the film “Happy Feet Two,” and says she’s looking forward to the challenge of tonight’s show.
“I have no idea what we’ll be performing, but working with Will is fun because we always manage to come up with fun ideas in rehearsal,” says Foray. “It’s very stimulating to do something different. My talent keeps me going.”