There is no easy way to say this: we’ve lost June Foray. If you were a child in the 1970s or 1980s, there is a good chance that you know her voice, if not necessarily her name.
Aunt May from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Granny from numerous Looney Tunes shorts. Rocket J. Squirrel and Natasha Fatale from Rocky and Bullwinkle. Jokey Smurf. Magica de Spell from DuckTales. Lena Hyena from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. She voiced all of these characters and more.
In other words, she voiced a huge portion of my childhood. I wasn’t able to thank her for that, for the joy she gave me when I was younger. Doing it here, on this blog, feels lacking and hollow.
How can I thank someone for providing me that much entertainment? How can I thank someone for doing so much? Her voice, the animated shows she worked on, were a bright spot in my early years. I have memories of getting up at 7:30 on Saturday mornings in order to turn on the television–we had to warm it up in the cold weather(!)–so that I could watch Spider-Man. I have all those memories of watching The Smurfs while wrapped in a Disney themed blanket on cold Saturday mornings. Then there are the memories of sitting in front of my great-grandmother’s television and watching DuckTales every day after school.
They weren’t characters to me. After a while, they became a bit like family. I knew them. I may not have been able to interact with them but I knew them nonetheless.
To say thank you here and now is hollow. Because it isn’t enough. My words aren’t enough. They will never be enough.
But still, I must say them: Thank you, Ms. Foray, for everything. Your work was loved and so were you. You will be greatly missed. The world is a sadder, quieter place without you in it.