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June Foray obituary

Us voiceover artist best known for Rocket ‘Rocky’ J Squirrel and Natasha Fatale of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Audiences would not recognise June Foray, who has died aged 99, nor would they recognise her voice. But they would recognise instantly many of the hundreds of voices Foray created in a career that spanned 85 years, most notably those of the heroic flying squirrel, Rocket J Squirrel, and the sinister spy, Nastasha Fatale, pitched perfectly to the off-the-wall humour of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Foray was dubbed the First Lady of Voicing. When the director Chuck Jones proposed in 2000 that she be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, someone suggested Foray was a female Mel Blanc, the artist who provided most of the voices for Jones’s Warner Bros cartoons, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and friends. Jones replied: “No. Mel Blanc was the male June Foray.”

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June Foray, Voiceover Actress Behind Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Dead at 99

June Foray, Voiceover Actress Behind Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Dead at 99
June Foray, the Emmy-winning voiceover actress who brought Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale to life in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, has died. She was 99.

Per our sister site Variety, Foray’s death was confirmed via Facebook by close friend Dave Nimitz, who wrote, “With a heavy heart… I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.” A cause of death has not been disclosed.

In addition to her work on Rocky and Bullwinkle, Foray voiced Cindy Lou Who in Chuck JonesHow the Grinch Stole Christmas, and demonic doll
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June Foray, ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’ Voice Star, Dies at 99

June Foray, ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’ Voice Star, Dies at 99
June Foray, a voice actress best known for playing Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” has died. She was 99. Her death was confirmed on Facebook late Wednesday night by her friend Dave Nimitz, who said she is “resting peacefully now.” Among her accolades during a lengthy career, Foray also voiced animated characters such as Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester,” Lucifer from Disney’s “Cinderella,” Cindy Lou Who and Jokey Smurf. Also Read: Barbara Sinatra, Wife of Frank Sinatra, Dies at 90 She went on to
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June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99

June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99
June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among hundreds of others.

The first lady of voice acting, one of the original members of animation organization Asifa-Hollywood and founder of the annual Annie Awards, was also instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category.

“We are all saddened by the news of June’s passing,” said
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June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99

June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99
June Foray, the voice of “The Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among many others.

The first lady of voice acting and founder of the annual Annie Awards was instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category.
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Blu-ray, 3D, DVD, Digital: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Digital Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $38.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $48.99

Studio: DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The movie version of the classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody and Sherman was beloved by critics and moviegoers when it hit theaters, even though DreamWorks was disappointed with the film’s $110.7 million box-office performance.

Based on characters who first appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960 animated TV show Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, Mr. Peabody and Sherman tells the story of an advanced dog, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell) and his adopted son Sherman (Max Charles, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). While on an adventure in their Wabac time machine, the pair accidentally cause a rift in time and must go on other adventures to fix it.

The cast also includes Allison Janney (Bad Words), Stephen Colbert (Company) and
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Are Pop Culture's Top 5 Squirrels Nut Jobs?

The Nut Job centers around Surly The Squirrel, and his group of critter-friends as they try to keep their colony of animals from starving in the winter. While the story and characters in the film are unique, this is hardly the first time a squirrel has been in the spotlight. In support of the April 15th Blu-ray and DVD release of the film (click Here to win a copy!), we've compiled a list of the most famous squirrels to leave an impact on pop-culture.

Squirrels in Pop Culture

Rocky, "Rocky & Bullwinkle" – Rocket J. Squirrel was the first squirrel to reach national superstardom. From 1959-1964, he was one of the stars of the animated show, Rocky and His Friends, as well as the Bullwinkle Show. He and his friend Bullwinkle lived in the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota - where they often embarked on various adventures.

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Box Office: 'Peabody and Sherman' pull ahead of '300' while 'Need for Speed' stalls

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Box Office: 'Peabody and Sherman' pull ahead of '300' while 'Need for Speed' stalls
Los Angeles (AP) — Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead in its second weekend. The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 3-D kiddie-jaunt features voices from "Modern Family" stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter. "Our mid-week numbers were very strong indicating good and positive word of mouth," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox. "If anything, this is exceeding (expectations). It's a combination of likable characters and it's a nostalgia play for those who are familiar with the show." Mr. Peabody and Sherman first appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s on the show "Peabody's Improbable History," a segment within the animated television series "Rocky and His Friends" and later "The Bullwinkle Show.
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Weekend Box Office: 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Hits No. 1 in Second Week

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Los Angeles (AP) - Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead in its second weekend.

The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 3-D kiddie-jaunt features voices from "Modern Family" stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.

"Our mid-week numbers were very strong indicating good and positive word of mouth," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox. "If anything, this is exceeding (expectations). It's a combination of likable characters and it's a nostalgia play for those who are familiar with the show."

Mr. Peabody and Sherman first appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s on the show "Peabody's Improbable History," a segment within the animated television series "Rocky and His Friends" and later "The Bullwinkle Show.
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See This/Skip That: From The Grand Budapest Hotel to Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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See This/Skip That: From The Grand Budapest Hotel to Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Rise of an Empire is a fine sequel to 300, but People's critic says you should check into The Grand Budapest Hotel instead. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See thisThe Grand Budapest HotelWhimsy gets such a crappy rap. Granted, too many directors use it poorly, spraying their sketchily plotted, inartfully written films with cinematic chintz. But Wes Anderson is of an entirely different vintage. He uses massive amounts of whimsy - more than just about anyone else - but the difference is that he knows just how. Take The Grand Budapest Hotel, for instance.
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman – The Review

There’s one name that almost always gets a smile from nostalgic fans of TV cartoons: Jay Ward. After all, he helped to produce one of the earliest cartoon shows during television’s infancy, “Crusader Rabbit”. But it wasn’t until 1959 that Ward unleashed his masterpiece, “Rocky and His Friends”. Each half hours usually contained two short chapters of an ongoing adventure serial starring Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his dimwitted pal Bullwinkle the moose. And in between these installments were classic features often funnier than the show’s title stars. There was the satiric “Fractured Fairy Tales”, the campy “Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties”, the fables of “Aesop & Son”, and “Peabody’s Improbable History” in which the super-genius talking dog Mr. Peabody and his boy, the excitable seven year-old human named Sherman journeyed back through the years via Mr. P’s time travel invention the Wabac machine. After meeting some historical figure,
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman

As someone who grew up loving “Peabody’s Improbable History” on Jay Ward’s animated TV series Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, I approached this CGI feature with considerable trepidation. I’m delighted to say that my fears were unfounded: this movie is a treat for diehard Peabody fans and, I daresay, for newcomers as well. Ty Burrell delivers a pitch-perfect vocal performance as the world’s smartest dog, who has to prove himself worthy of being an adoptive father to a wide-eyed human son named Sherman (nicely played by Max Charles). In the old five-minute TV cartoons, there was no attempt to explore the nuances of the characters’ unusual relationship. This being a...

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A Moose and Squirrel encounter The 7th Sword

Best known as an animated television series created by Jay Ward, Idw Publishing has formed a partnership with Bullwinkle Studios and DreamWorks Animation to bring Rocky and Bullwinkle to the world of comic books.

Conceiving the new adventures for the moose and squirrel will be Eisner-winning writer Mark Evanier (Garfield and Friends) and artist Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show) as well as Stephanie Busceme (Powerpuff Girls) who will be illustrating a series of variant covers.

“I grew up, to the extent I grew up, on these characters,” stated Mark Evanier, “I watched Rocky and His Friends™ the first day it was on and I got a lot of my sense of humour, such as it is, from those cartoons.” Langridge remarked, "Rocky and Bullwinkle wasn't shown in New Zealand when I was growing up, but I was familiar with the comics. I particularly love the newspaper strip work of Al
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Legendary June Foray To Voice Rocket J. Squirrel In DreamWorks Animation’s New Rocky & Bullwinkle Short

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The moose is loose. DreamWorks Animation is giving audiences a dose of nostalgia in 2014 with an all new short film Rocky & Bullwinkle, featuring the legendary June Foray as the voice of Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel.

This original and updated short will bring everyone’s favorite moose and squirrel back to the hearts of fans around the world while introducing the duo to a new generation.

Also in 2014, the studio will release Mr. Peabody and Sherman on March 7, reintroducing characters who initially appeared on the original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.

“For an incredible 83 years, June Foray has left a tremendous imprint on the entire entertainment industry,” said Executive Producer Tiffany Ward. “Her amazingly indelible performances have enchanted generations and earned her a permanent place in the annals of popular culture.”

The original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (originally titled Rocky and His Friends) began airing on November 19, 1959 with supporting
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New Rocky & Bullwinkle Short Will Debut in 2014 from DreamWorks Animation

New Rocky & Bullwinkle Short Will Debut in 2014 from DreamWorks Animation
The moose is loose. DreamWorks Animation is giving audiences a dose of nostalgia in 2014 with an all new short film Rocky & Bullwinkle, featuring the legendary June Foray as the voice of Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel. This original and updated short will bring everyone's favorite moose and squirrel back to the hearts of fans around the world while introducing the duo to a new generation. Also in 2014, the studio will release Mr. Peabody and Sherman on March 7, reintroducing characters who initially appeared on the original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.

Here's what executive producer Tiffany Ward had to say about June Foray's return in a statement.

"For an incredible 83 years, June Foray has left a tremendous imprint on the entire entertainment industry. Her amazingly indelible performances have enchanted generations and earned her a permanent place in the annals of popular culture."

The original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (originally titled Rocky and His Friends
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DreamWorks Animation Produces New Rocky & Bullwinkle Short

The moose is loose. DreamWorks Animation is giving audiences a dose of nostalgia in 2014 with an all new short film Rocky & Bullwinkle, featuring the legendary June Foray as the voice of Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel. This original and updated short will bring everyone’s favorite moose and squirrel back to the hearts of fans around the world while introducing the duo to a new generation. Also in 2014, the studio will release Mr. Peabody and Sherman on March 7, reintroducing characters who initially appeared on the original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.

“For an incredible 83 years, June Foray has left a tremendous imprint on the entire entertainment industry,” said Executive Producer Tiffany Ward. “Her amazingly indelible performances have enchanted generations and earned her a permanent place in the annals of popular culture.”

The original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (originally titled Rocky and His Friends) began airing on November 19, 1959 with supporting segments which included Peabody’s
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Watch The New Mr. Peabody & Sherman Trailer

The new trailer is here for Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

Based on Jay Ward’s classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy Sherman uses their time traveling Wabac machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results. It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put things back on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed.

Did you ever watch the original Peabody and Sherman show during the 60′s and early 70′s when it was on TV?

It was part of the Rocky & His Friends that played on Sundays and featured “Fractured Fairy Tales” (narrated by Edward Everett Horton, the segments featured character voice work by June Foray, Bill Scott, Paul Frees, and an uncredited Daws Butler,) “Dudley Do-Right” and “Peabody’s Improbable History.” After the original R&B episodes aired,
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First Images Materialize for Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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Six new images have been released for Dreamworks upcoming animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The film is based on the popular Jay Ward cartoons.

The cult classic cartoon Rocky and his Friends (1959-1964)—also known as the Bullwinkle Show—featured several popular animated segments, including Peabody’s Improbable History (1959-1963). For 91 episodes, we saw brilliant canine scientist/adventurer/explorer Peabody and his adopted ‘pet boy’ Sherman travelling through time in Peabody’s invention, the Wayback Machine, and encountering some of history’s most famous figures; helping them to accomplish their big discovery or invention. Now, Dreamworks is coming out with a big-screen adaptation of the classic cartoon, which is due out next year.

Here are the first images from the upcoming film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. These scenes seem to capture the spirit of the original episodes.

The plot of the film..."Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor,
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Stephen Colbert And Allison Janney Join Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Quiet you! Casting is far from stuck in the past for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic cartoon Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Today, the production has added two more names to the mix: political satirist Stephen Colbert and comedienne and The West Wing star Allison Janney.

Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King), Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be given birth from the characters first seen in the 50’s and 60’s cartoons Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show. For those unfamiliar with the characters, the film will follow “a genius dog (Mr. Peabody) his “pet” human Sherman and their time travelling antics.”

As was previously announced, two Modern Family alum have already signed on: Ty Burrell as Mr. Peabody and Ariel Winter as Penny. Also cast were Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man cartoon) as Sherman and Ellie Kemper of Bridesmaids. Colbert is set to portray Paul Peterson,
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