ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE - ISSUE 5.03 - JUNE 2000
The Remarkable June Foray
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Community Service and Its Rewards
Of special note are her many contributions to the film and animation community, including service as a Governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, and also the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She has been such a fixture of ASIFA -- The International Animated Film Society -- that ASIFA-Hollywood even named an award after her.
And just when you think she's taken home every honor for which she's even remotely eligible, along comes another one: On July 7, a star bearing the name "June Foray" will be unveiled on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. It roughly coincides with the release of the big-budget, Robert DeNiro-produced feature film of Rocky and Bullwinkle...starring you-know-who as the voice of the former.
On a personal note, I have to add that it has been a pleasure to know and work with June Foray. When I was a kid, her voice could be heard on darn near every TV show and record that I loved. It's great to meet a performer and discover that you love the person just as much as you love the performances.
Mark Evanier made the long, hard struggle to Hollywood all the way from West Los Angeles. He's been writing comic books since 1969 (when he apprenticed with the legendary Jack Kirby), live-action TV since 1976 and animation since 1978. His comic book credits include his own co-creations, The DNAgents, Crossfire and The Mighty Magnor, along with fourteen years of collaborating with cartoonist Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer. Mark has also worked on pre-existing characters including Superman, Blackhawk, The New Gods, Tarzan, Mickey Mouse, Super Goof, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety & Sylvester, Pink Panther, Woody Woodpecker, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear and dozens of others. In animation, he wrote, voice-directed and co-produced 121 half-hours of Garfield and Friends for CBS, and can also claim credits on Mother Goose and Grimm, CBS Storybreak, Dungeons and Dragons, ABC Weekend Special, Scooby Doo, Thundarr the Barbarian, The Wuzzles, Richie Rich, Yogi Bear and many more. In the arena of live-action television, he has written for Welcome Back, Kotter; The Love Boat, Cheers, Bob, That's Incredible, The Richard Pryor Show, plus dozens of variety shows and specials. He has three Emmy nominations (no wins) and lives in Los Angeles in a big house full of comic books.
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