June Foray

May 30, 2001

Women with pointy, black hats........or crocheting needles............

As I mull over, this topic of discussion, I realize, for the first time in many years, just how very difficult it is for me to pick my favorite voice, of all June Foray's many, many characterizations.

Ever since I was twelve, thirteen, fourteen years old, up to today (close to thirty years later), I always thought that I knew, without a doubt, which June Foray voice was my favorite. It always used to be that rough, gruff voice, which June used for grouchy, middle-aged mothers and mothers-in-law (many of whom were drawn as "heavy-set", gray- haired hags).

Pondering over June's amazing collection of Witch voices ..........her Wicked Fairy and Fairy Godmother voices...........her Grandmother and Old Lady voices..... I have come to the conclusion that, it's almost unfair, to compare her middle-aged, mother-in-law voices, with her elderly women's voices. June's stellar, shining repertoire would most assuredly never be the same, if those Witches, Old Ladies and Fairies were excluded from her craft.

In this essay, I hope to cover the bases, of most of the rest of Ms. Foray's famous characterizations, that we have not already touched upon. Most likely that is an impossible feat, given the incredible abundance of characters to her credit...............

There are actually quite a few similarities, between June's old lady/grandmother voices, and her witch voices. Both have a voice that tends to remind you of a skinny, little, old woman, whose face is quite drawn and full of wrinkles. Both also have a kind of scratchy, raspy voice, that you often hear in an older woman.........but at the same time, they are totally feminine and high-pitched.

Both tend to evoke the image of an old woman with a kind of beaming, cheerful disposition..........Seldom have I heard an elderly June Foray voice, where there did not seem to be a bit of a smile, a bit of gusto, a bit of enthusiasm.......... (the gusto and enthusiasm are especially true, in the case of her witches)!

Now as to how her witch and wicked fairy voices, are actually different, from her standard old ladies; there are definitely some tell-tale traits which distinguish the two. June's witches and wicked fairies sometimes have the tendency to speak.........even a lunatic!..............there is a totally frenetic character, in the personalities of many of her witches, that most of her old ladies do not have.

Her witches and wicked fairies are, therefore, more excitable, and high-strung, than her average "grandma". Many times they even speak in a higher pitch. Last, but not least, there is that shrill laugh............even cackle, of those funny, old, evil gals!!!

I think that I have always loved June's witches because they have always spoken, shrieked and cackled, in the exact same voice, that I have always envisioned, for a witch, since I was a tiny, little toddler (when my folks began to read me stories).

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