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The Voice Of Rocky And Natasha Earns An Emmy (June Foray, 95)
NPR ^ | September 15, 2013

Posted on 09/15/2013 12:21:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show featured a fearless flying squirrel and his slow-witted moose sidekick. They did battle with two scheming but incompetent Soviet spies named Boris and Natasha.

The cartoon is an American classic, beloved for a wry sense of humor that appeals to kids and their parents. It originally aired from 1959 until 1964, but has been in syndication ever since, most recently on the Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

June Foray was the voice behind Rocky the Squirrel, and the evil Natasha. Now 95, she's receiving the prestigious Governor's Award Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Foray is not just known for her Bullwinkle characters. She also played Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jokey Smurf on The Smurfs and Granny, the overprotective owner of Tweety and Sylvester. She even provided the voice for the Chatty Cathy doll.

Foray tells Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin that she never expected the Bullwinkle characters would become so iconic. "All I wanted to do was work," she says.

Foray also reveals that femme fatale Natasha — who rolled her Rs with captivating Slavic flair — is not actually Russian.

Interview Highlights

How she got her voice work

They would just call me. I didn't have to audition, for which I was most grateful. I'd say, "Well is she heavy? Is she nice? is she meek? What kind of character? And I'd read a line and they'd say, "Oh, that's just fine."

How she came up with Natasha's voice

Well, I thought with Boris and Natasha, it was Russian, and [Bullwinkle producer] Jay Ward said, "No no no, they're from Pottsylvania. Don't make them from Russia" — because we had enough problems as it was. So I made her sort of continental.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bullwinkle; cartoons; coldwar; emmy; hollywood; natasha

1 posted on 09/15/2013 12:21:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Natasha was hot.


2 posted on 09/15/2013 12:24:43 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway

3 posted on 09/15/2013 12:25:53 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: nickcarraway

A well-deserved award. June Foray is one of the greatest voice actors, up there with Mel Blanc - in fact, most referred to her as the female Mel. Many current female voice actors credit her as their inspiration for getting into the business.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 12:26:33 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: nickcarraway


5 posted on 09/15/2013 12:26:54 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: nickcarraway

My favorite cartoon show. Evah!


6 posted on 09/15/2013 12:28:03 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: nickcarraway

At the time, I didn’t understand why my father watched Rocky & Bullwinkle with my little brother and me.


7 posted on 09/15/2013 12:28:36 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Article V baby. An Article V amendment convention of the states is our only hope.)
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To: nickcarraway

I feel so sorry for kids today.


8 posted on 09/15/2013 12:29:01 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: ClearCase_guy

Chuck Jones, June Foray and Mel Blanc at Warner Bros. studios


9 posted on 09/15/2013 12:30:47 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: newfreep

10 posted on 09/15/2013 12:32:27 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: nickcarraway

I still watch the cartoons from the 1950’s. Now that I’m in my 50’s I can get the jokes! They were not made for kids back then.

Today’s cartoons are too PC and bland.


11 posted on 09/15/2013 12:35:58 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: nickcarraway

One of my all time favorite episodes was when R/B were talking about the peace core (don’t remember why), and in the distance a nuke explosion went off (was supposed to be South America).
Bullwinkle looked at Rocky and said, “what was that?”
Rockey said “we taught them how to do that”

Then Fractured History came on.


12 posted on 09/15/2013 12:36:45 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: nickcarraway

Didn’t that show have Fractured Fairy Tales?


13 posted on 09/15/2013 12:37:39 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouLW28VAd_I


14 posted on 09/15/2013 12:38:01 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 1rudeboy

She reminds me of actress Debi Mazar.

-PJ

15 posted on 09/15/2013 12:38:26 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: newfreep

I have always loved Rocky and Bullwinkle,,,, but Ren and Stimpy just destroy me!


16 posted on 09/15/2013 12:40:55 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: svcw

Didn’t Bullwinkle do a hat trick which the hat gets ruined? Then after the hat trick he said...I need another hat?


17 posted on 09/15/2013 12:41:11 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: nickcarraway

When I was a little girl I wanted to grow up to be like Mel Blanc and June Foray. She dd some fun voice overs that were uncredited, the talking doll in a Twilight Zone episode, and a voice in a Married With Children episode.


19 posted on 09/15/2013 12:47:04 PM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell)
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To: Political Junkie Too

She reminds me of an ex-girlfriend. Ok, so there, I’m biased.


20 posted on 09/15/2013 12:48:56 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: ColdOne

I think so.


21 posted on 09/15/2013 12:54:43 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: nickcarraway

My wife always hates it when someone asks her to say “Moose and squirrel”

I secretly chuckle inside


22 posted on 09/15/2013 12:54:46 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: ColdOne

“Didn’t that show have Fractured Fairy Tales?”

Yes it did, and I think they were narrated by somebody famous, Edward Everet Horton maybe?


23 posted on 09/15/2013 12:56:34 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway

Hokey Smoke, 95!


24 posted on 09/15/2013 12:56:35 PM PDT by mikrofon (Moose etc. BUMP)
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To: aomagrat

??

They don’t make cartoons for kids today.

and japan only makes cartoons for perverts


25 posted on 09/15/2013 12:57:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

This woman represents my childhood culture (as many here will also testify.)


26 posted on 09/15/2013 12:59:42 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ColdOne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAAkauRR-y4


27 posted on 09/15/2013 1:01:40 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nickcarraway

B4L8r


28 posted on 09/15/2013 1:03:34 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: jocon307

Right you are!

“Rocky and His Friends” (36 episodes )
... aka “Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends” - USA (alternative title)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002143/filmoseries
Edward Everett Horton


29 posted on 09/15/2013 1:20:00 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: newfreep

She’s 95? Holy carp!


30 posted on 09/15/2013 1:37:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Doogle

Wow, does that bring back memories... thanks.


31 posted on 09/15/2013 1:41:11 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: ColdOne
> Didn’t Bullwinkle do a hat trick which the hat gets ruined? Then after the hat trick he said...I need another hat?

That was the one where he says, "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat", but when he reaches in, he pulls out a lion by the head, the lion roars ferociously, Bullwinkle stuffs it back into the hat, and says, "I think I need another hat".

At least, that's what I recall....

32 posted on 09/15/2013 1:47:24 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Yep I remember now that is what happened! Thanks


33 posted on 09/15/2013 1:53:11 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: dayglored

B: “Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat!”

R: “But that trick never works...”

B: “This time, for sure... PRESTO!!”

(B pulls Rocky out of the hat)

B: “Well, I’m getting close...”


34 posted on 09/15/2013 1:57:39 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Doogle

Wow! The interview with June Foray, about 4 minutes in, she does Natasha’s and Rocky’s voices, and darned if they aren’t exactly right, even though it’s 50 years later!! That was uncanny.


35 posted on 09/15/2013 2:01:10 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Political Junkie Too
> She (Natasha) reminds me of actress Debi Mazar.

No, silly, Debi Mazar reminds you of Natasha!!

In Soviet Russia, actress is parody of cartoon!

36 posted on 09/15/2013 2:09:21 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: carriage_hill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTzuO24i-YA


37 posted on 09/15/2013 2:10:34 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Still gets a chuckle out of me; good memories.


38 posted on 09/15/2013 2:26:40 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

not meant for kids


39 posted on 09/15/2013 2:27:47 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: All

Bump


40 posted on 09/15/2013 2:39:24 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: GeronL; All

” and japan only makes cartoons for perverts “

Untrue ...When is the last time you watched Japanese TV dimwit ?


41 posted on 09/15/2013 2:54:09 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: sushiman

every time I try to watch a Japanese cartoon they throw up perverted crap... a child character obsessed with breasts or a minor character with a huge porn library or a minor character whose father is always trying to get racy pictures of her.


42 posted on 09/15/2013 3:02:51 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

She’s still working, still going strong — and the younger voice actors treat her with the great respect she deserves. She also is heard on numerous radio comedies and other shows on Sirius XM’s Radio Classics


43 posted on 09/15/2013 4:03:56 PM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: nickcarraway
rocky squirrel photo: Rocky-squirrel-450x340 Rocky-squirrel-450x340.jpg
44 posted on 09/15/2013 8:20:43 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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