June Foray to Receive Hall of Fame Award
June Foray, one of Hollywood’s best-known animation icons and who is often referred to as “The First Lady of Cartoon Voices,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement-Hall of Fame Award.
“Being able to thank June for all her amazing contributions to our industry is a true honor for us,” says Jean Thoren, president of Animation Magazine and founder of the World Animation & VFX Summit. “Her enormous talent, drive and energy are a true inspiration for everyone and will be always remembered by anyone who has a fondness for animation and all the remarkable characters she has brought to life in her career.”
Foray has lent her skills to such legendary characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on The Bullwinkle Show, Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Granny in the Tweety and Sylvester series, and in The Bugs Bunny Show. Foray also voiced Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel and was the voice of Jokey Smurf on The Smurfs. Born June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Mass., in 1917, Foray got into voice-over work at the age of 12, performing in a local radio drama. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 and quickly established herself as a popular radio actress on national broadcasts like Lux Radio Theater and The Jimmy Durante Show. Her first major animation role came in 1950, playing Lucifer the Cat in Walt Disney’s Cinderella. Foray also provided the voice of the original Chatty Cathy doll, and later played the Talky Tina doll it inspired in The Twilight Zone. Foray won her first Emmy in 2012 for voicing Mrs. Cauldron on The Garfield Show. This September, she was also awarded the prestigious Governor’s Awards at the Creative Emmy Award ceremony. She is also one of the key forces behind the influential Annie Awards, which have taken a leading role in honoring the best achievements in the field of animation each year.
This year’s Original Vision Award will be presented to Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, writers and directors of the DreamWorks Animation feature film, The Croods.
“DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods was the highest grossing original film of the year, and we’re very pleased to honor the brilliant writers and directors behind this animated blockbuster, which has made over $585 million worldwide to date,” said Ramin Zahed, Animation Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. “The film’s popularity all over the world is a testament to the creativity and authentic vision of these two talented artists.”
Born into an artistic household, Chris Sanders grew up drawing and penning short stories. After studying at CalArts’ Animation Program, Sanders went on to work for Marvel Productions, and then, Walt Disney Animation Studios. While at Disney, Sanders worked as a story artist on Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. He was made head of story on Mulan and went on to win an Annie Award for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production. Following the success of Mulan, Sanders partnered with Dean DeBlois and conceived, wrote, boarded and directed the Academy Award®-nominated Lilo & Stitch.
In 2006, Sanders left Walt Disney Animation Studios to join the filmmaking team at DreamWorks Animation. Teaming again with DeBlois, the duo wrote and directed the Academy Award®-nominated How to Train Your Dragon, which won them the Annie Award for Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production.