By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 8, 2010
June Foray, now approaching 93 years of age, was the original voice of Jokey Smurf.
With a Smurf film coming down the pipe, Paul Reubens has been cast as Jokey and our June's name is nowhere in sight on the cast list... for shame!
That's exactly what Dave Courvoisier and Bob Bergen thought. Dave and Bob decided to help us take the matter into our own hands as a community and seek some Smurf Justice for June by utilizing social media.
Lend a hand and make your voice heard!
June Foray is the first lady of animation cartoons and characters. Her career has spanned more decades than anyone else's in this business and she is still actively recording voices for podcasts and cartoon animations including The Looney Tunes Show, a 26-episode season set to air this fall on the Cartoon Network.
When June made an appearance at VOICE 2010, she spoke with us about her roles and even gave us a taste of several voices that she can still perform more than 60 years afterward.
From Rocky and Bullwinkle, to Looney Tunes' Granny, to Chatty Cathy, Dr. Seuss' Cindy Lou Who and even Little Ricky's dog bark on the classic I Love Lucy, I think all agree that June Foray is a national treasure!
As mentioned earlier, June starred as Jokey Smurf on the original animated series The Smurfs. A Smurfs feature film is in production and June was never even approached to participate in the film.
There is a movement to raise awareness for June's exclusion from the new Smurf film in hopes that the people working on the film extend an invitation that she participate in some way. Word of mouth moves quickly and a viral marketing campaign championing June is going strong!
One of the most exciting aspects of this whole movement is that voice over people and fans alike can now take a stand in support of June Foray.
To show your support, join the "Smurf Justice For June Foray" group on Facebook below:
To learn more about June Foray and her illustrious career, visit:
Click to see the IMDb page on the Smurfs Movie.
Add a comment and let the discussion and excitement continue!
Photo courtesy of Smurf Justice for June Foray, taken at the VOICE 2010 Celebrity Banquet
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