Hayao Miyazaki Art Tribute: Veteran Voice Actress June Foray & John Lasseter

by Anna Robinson
Hayao Miyazaki art tribute John Lasseter Matt GroeningHayao Miyazaki art honored in Academy tribute attended by Pixar's John Lasseter and 'The Simpsons' animator Matt Groening.

Academy pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki art

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid tribute to the art of Hayao Miyazaki with the presentation of “The 13th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation: Hayao Miyazaki” a.k.a. “A Tribute to Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki.” Hosted by Pixar animator John Lasseter, the event was held on Tuesday, July 28, '09, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Among those in attendance were veteran voice actress June Foray, Disney animators Ron Clements and John Musker, and The Simpsons cartoonist/animator Matt Groening.

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By the way, Marc Davis (1913–2000) was a Walt Disney Studios animator whose credits include Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), and Sleeping Beauty (1959).

Hayao Miyazaki animation artistAnimation artist Hayao Miyazaki.

'Spirited Away' screened

The Academy's tribute to Hayao Miyazaki featured clips from several of his films and a conversation with the filmmaker himself. On July 17, the Oscar-winning Spirited Away was screened at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

Among Miyazaki's other features are Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, and the 2005 Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee Howl's Moving Castle.

June Foray voice actress Cinderella Peter Pan Leonard MaltinJune Foray, veteran voice actress heard in Disney's 'Cinderella' and Peter Pan,' with movie reviewer Leonard Maltin.

June Foray

In case the IMDb's information is accurate, veteran voice actress June Foray (born on Sept. 18, 1917, in Springfield, Massachusetts) has been heard in about 140 feature and short films going all the way back to 1943, frequently in uncredited “bit” voice parts.

Among Foray's notable big-screen credits are:

  • Lucifer in Walt Disney's Cinderella (1950).
  • Granny in Fritz Freleng's Tweetie Pie/Sylvester A Bird in a Bonnet (1958) – and in other shorts in the series starring the voice of Mel Blanc.
  • Assorted voices/vocal sounds in several Tom & Jerry shorts of the 1960s, e.g., the 1965 entries Tom-ic Energy and Duel Personality.
  • Wheezy and Lena Hyena in Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), starring Bob Hoskins, Joanna Cassidy, and Christopher Lloyd.

In Disney's Peter Pan, she reportedly provided the voices of a mermaid and a squaw.

June Foray has been equally prolific on television. Among her 130+ TV credits are:

  • “Voicing” a dog in the 1957 I Love Lucy episode “Little Ricky Gets a Dog.”
  • Rocket J. Squirrel in the series Rocky and His Friends (1959–1961).
  • Aunt May Parker in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981–1983).

Recent June Foray voice roles include those in the TV series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2009), and a trio of roles, including Rocky, in Des McAnuff's feature The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000).

Ron Clements John Musker Disney animatorsRon Clements and John Musker: Disney animators.

Disney animators Ron Clements and John Musker

Since the mid-1980s, Ron Clements and John Musker have co-directed and co-written – at time with other collaborators – six Walt Disney Studios features. They are:

  • The Princess and the Frog (2009).
    Voice Cast: Anika Noni Rose. David Campos. John Goodman. Oprah Winfrey. Terrence Howard.
  • Treasure Planet (2002).
    Voice Cast: Roscoe Lee Brown. Corey Burton. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Patrick McGoohan. Austin Majors. David Hyde Pierce. Emma Thompson. Martin Short. Jane Carr.
  • Hercules (1997).
    Voice Cast: Tate Donovan. Josh Keaton. Danny DeVito. Susan Egan. Barbara Barrie. Samantha Eggar. Hal Holbrook. Amanda Plummer. James Woods. Rip Torn. Charlton Heston.
  • Aladdin (1992).
    Voice Cast: Scott Weinger. Robin Williams. Linda Larkin. Jonathan Freeman. Frank Welker. Gilbert Gottfried. Corey Burton.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989).
    Voice Cast: Jodi Benson. Rene Auberjonois. Christopher Daniel Barnes. Pat Carroll. Buddy Hackett. Kenneth Mars. Paddi Edwards.
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986), with Burny Mattinson and David Michener.
    Voice Cast: Vincent Price. Barrie Ingham. Alan Young. Shani Wallis. Melissa Manchester.

Based on a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Planet was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, which had been instituted the previous year. It lost to Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. (The first Oscar winner in that category was Shrek.)

Hayao Miyazaki John Lasseter Pixar animation artistHayao Miyazaki and Pixar animation artist John Lasseter.

The Academy's exhibition “ANIME! High Art - Pop Culture” will remain on display through Sunday, Aug. 23.

The Academy's galleries are located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Regular hours are Tue.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Ron Clements, John Musker, June Foray, Leonard Maltin, Matt Groening, John Lasseter, and Hayao Miyazaki photos: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

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Andre Lou -

SPIRITED AWAY was just fantastic!


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