November 28, 2011

June Foray

A brief aside about tonight's showing of How The Grinch Stole Christmas!. The only voice artist other than Boris Karloff in the production plays little Cindy Lou Who, who asks the Grinch why he's taking her Christmas tree. The voice artist is June Foray.

June has been working as a voice artist since 1940. Her credits include Rocket J. Squirrel (of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame), Natasha Fatale (Boris & Natasha), Lucifer the Cat (Cinderella), Granny (Sylvester and Tweety), Witch Hazel (Bugs Bunny), Nell Fenwick (Dudley Do-Right), Fractured Fairy Tales and some of the better-known Christmas specials (Frosty the Snowman, Little Drummer Boy). Her latest credit came this year, during which she turned 94.

I remember so many of June's characters from my younger years. It's a little treat to learn she was part of the Grinch, too, which is one of my all-time favorites.