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Rocky, Nell, Witch Hazel and More: A Sampling of June Foray


June Foray in Hollywood in 2011, with figures of Tweety and Sylvester. She gave voice to characters in their adventures and many others.

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June Foray’s many voices were an indelible soundtrack for generations of eager cartoon watchers. During her decades-long career, Ms. Foray, who died on Wednesday in Los Angeles, spoke for dozens of characters, ranging from mischievous miscreants to wide-eyed innocents. Here are some of our favorites.

Rocky and Natasha

Ms. Foray was probably most identified as two characters on “Rocky and His Friends” (later “The Bullwinkle Show”): Rocky the flying squirrel, protagonist and friend of Bullwinkle, the moose, and Natasha Fatale, a duplicitous spy and partner of Boris Badenov.

Ms. Foray told the Archive of American Television in an interview in 2000 that she had wanted Rocky to sound like “an all-American squirrel,” and that since Natasha came from the fictional country of Pottsylvania, not Russia, she had tried to “make her sort of a continental.”

Jet Fuel Parts 1 & 2 Video by Retro Cartoons

Nell Fenwick

Ms. Foray also voiced another memorable character on Rocky and Bullwinkle, Nell Fenwick. Nell was the long-suffering, often-imperiled fiancée of the hapless Canadian mounted policeman Dudley Do-Right. She was often captured and tied to train tracks by the villain, Snidely Whiplash, and though she had a melodic voice, she could be stern.

Dudley Do-Right – Trading Places Video by bullwinklecanada

Witch Hazel

Elderly women were a staple for Ms. Foray, among them Granny in the Looney Tunes cartoons that featured Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird, the grandmother in Disney’s Mulan (1998) and, maybe most memorably, Witch Hazel, a cackling sorceress who tangled with Bugs Bunny, who was voiced by Mel Blanc.

Looney Tunes Witch Hazel’ s Vanity Video by Dieinariver

Mrs. Cauldron

Another witch, Mrs. Cauldron on “The Garfield Show,” led to an Emmy for Ms. Foray. Mrs. Cauldron, who rode a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom, helped Odie the dog briefly grow smart enough to foil Garfield’s tricks and turn the overweight cat into a duck.

Mrs. Cauldron | The Garfield Show | Cartoon Network Video by Cartoon Network

Wheezy the Weasel and Lena Hyena

Ms. Foray also had parts in movies, including two different anthropomorphic animals in Robert Zemeckis’s film noir-cartoon crossover “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988). She played a villainous weasel and an aggressively amorous hyena.

Stop That Laughin’ Video by Ryan Manda

Cindy-Lou Who

And in the cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (1966) Ms. Foray played Cindy-Lou Who, a towheaded child who catches the Grinch stealing her family’s Christmas tree and believes him when he says he’s just repairing a light.

The Grinch Steals Little Cindy Lou Who’s Christmas Tree Video by Random House Kids

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