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Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Stan Freberg 1926-2015: The Stan Freberg Show 1957

Voice Actors Daws Butler and Stan Freberg

Daws Butler and Stan Freberg accept the
Emmy Award for "Time For Beany".

August 7, 1926 – April 7, 2015

Animation Resources supporter, Rich Borowy has been contributing some wonderful material to our digital database. Here’s another one of his treasures… the premiere episode of the legendary short lived radio musical variety show created by Stan Freberg.

Voice Actor Stan FrebergVoice Actor Stan FrebergIn the Summer of 1957, CBS debuted a comedy program to replace The Jack Benny Program. It starred Captiol recording artist Stan Freberg, with support from veteran voice artists like Daws Butler, Marvin Miller and June Foray. The show exhibited all aspects of Freberg’s unique sense of humor from goofy cartooniness to biting satire. This episode contains liberal doses of both, and includes his classic riff on Cold War politics, titled "Los Voraces" ("The Greedy Ones"). Freberg’s sharp wit and his refusal to accept commercials for cigarettes didn’t endear him to advertisers, and the show was cancelled after only fifteen episodes. But it made an indelible mark on many fans in re-release on records.

Voice Actor Stan FrebergVoice Actor Stan FrebergThis particular recording is unique, because it includes off-air introductions by Stan before the show and a pickup of a musical cue at the end. It’s a tribute to the professionalism of the performers and the musical director, Billy May when you realize that this elaborate program was performed live from beginning to end in front of a studio audience.

Enjoy the genius of Freberg!

The Stan Freberg Show

(CBS Radio/July 9th, 1957)

(AAC Audio File / 90kbps-44.1kHz / Mono / 42 minutes / 30.25 mb)

Thanks for contributing this, Rich!

Fans of the great Stan Freberg won’t want to be without this great four CD box set, The Tip of the Freberg, which includes many of his greatest recordings. Get it at Amazon!

Stephen Worth
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

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Thursday, July 27th, 2017

June Foray 1917-2017


Most people know June Foray for her voices and characters, but when I think of her, I think of something quite different. June was a scrappy, hard working, tough minded person who fought for what she believed in. June and Bill Scott were mentors to Antranig Manoogian and me at ASIFA and they taught us what animation was really about- the people- the artists, students and devotees of the medium.

June had a lawyer’s love for words. She could find unusual words to describe things she cared about just as well as people she didn’t care for at all. In fact the words describing folks she considered scoundrels might have been the most colorful of all. You have to love the Irish for that. She fought long and hard to support independent creative artists at both ASIFA and the Academy. She went to the mat time and time again and she earned the respect of everyone for it, even people who were trying to block what she was fighting for. Most of what she accomplished has been undone, or is in the process of being undone. But fights worth fighting are a process, not a destination. I’m sure the ideas will live on, just in a different place and with different people. I know I’m still carrying on June and Bill’s goals of honoring artists, supporting students and encouraging the interaction between professionals and devotees. And I’m not the only one who learned a great deal from June. Her influence will endure.

June was always a staunch supporter of the Animation Archive Project. All of us at Animation Resources owe her a great debt of gratitude. Even though the wind had gone out of June’s sails over the past five or ten years, she was still feisty. She just wasn’t quite as connected to the world as she used to be. She got out and had people to look after her so it was good. She deserved a break from the struggles.

June and StephenJune and StephenOne of the high points of my life was receiving a June Foray award presented to me by June herself. The best part of it was that it was a lifetime achievement award for benevolent service to the art of animation. June is the one that taught me about benevolent service to the art form. I’m going to miss her and I hope in my travels I meet more people like June Foray.

Stephen Worth
Animation Resources

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Biography: June Foray

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Birth: September 18, 1917, Springfield Massachussets.


Voice Actress.

Bio Summary

Miss Foray is one of the most prolific voice actresses in history. She is particularly well known for lending her voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale in Jay Ward’s Rocky and Bullwinkle series. She was also the voice of Tweety Bird’s protector Granny in the Warner Bros cartoons, and played Lucifer the Cat in Disney’s Cindarella. June started work as an actress in 1943 in Red Hot Riding Hood and most recently worked on the video game release Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal. She has worked in Feature Films, Television, and Radio and has appeared on Television.

Early Life/Family

June describes her parents as artistic people; her mother was a singer and pianist. They often took June and her siblings to the Bijou theater in Springfield. As a child she enjoyed reading the classics, which she memorized. Her first performance was at the age of 12 in a local radio broadcast. June came to Los Angeles with her parents when they moved.


When June’s parents realized that their daughter had a talent for acting they found her teachers to help her develop her abilities. The most notable of these was Ms. Larson who had the radio show that June debuted in.

Career Outline

June’s first job in Red Hot Riding Hood in (1943) was uncredited as was her work in Disney’s Peter Pan in (1953) and in Disney’s Cindarella (1950). Her work as Granny went uncredited, due to an arrangement to give all credit for voice characterizations to Mel Blanc. Even so June was already known for her abilities throughout the animation industry and she was often sought out.

In 1957 she met with Jay Ward to talk about the Rocky and Bullwinkle show which made it’s debut two years later. June voiced virtually every female character on Rocky and Bullwinkle. For that matter she acted in almost every Jay Ward cartoon.

A younger audience will better remember June for her work as Ma Beagle in Ducktales, Queen Tabitha in Thumbalina, and for other work in Rugrats, Garfield and Friends, and Power Puff Girls. She was also the voice of Grandmother Fa in Disney’s Mulan.

It has been written that because of her diversity as an actress that June Foray is often thought of as the Female Mel Blanc, but that the truth is Mel Blanc is actually the Male June Foray.

Comments On Style

Her work as Granny, Witchhazel and Grandma Fa seem to indicate that no one can do the Granny voice quite as well as June.

Her work on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show was usually recorded in just two hours (which included some goofing around) which goes to show just how quickly June could get into character.


Apart from her childhood teacher (Ms. Larson), and trips to the Bijou Theater, the only other influences that June remarks on are the books that she read. Her hunger for reading certainly seems to have been powerful fuel for her imagination.


Quick, quirky, and a lot of fun to be around.


June and Jay had their first talk about Rocky and Bullwinkle over cocktails.


June appeared on Carson’s Cellar, Johnny Carson’s earlier show.



Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1982

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