June Forayâs 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 âRocky and His Friendsâ (later âThe Bullwinkle Showâ): 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 âan all-American squirrel,â and that since Natasha came from the fictional country of Pottsylvania, not Russia, she had tried to âmake her sort of a continental.â
Ms. Foray also voiced another memorable character on Rocky and Bullwinkle, Nell Fenwick. Nell was the long-suffering, often-imperiled fiancÃ©e 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.
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 Disneyâs Mulan (1998) and, maybe most memorably, Witch Hazel, a cackling sorceress who tangled with Bugs Bunny, who was voiced by Mel Blanc.