The animation world lost its fairy godmother last week – let’s look back at a couple of gems that June recorded for the classic Capitol line of childrens records.
Walt Disneys PINOCCHIO
Capitol Records CAS-3203 (10 78 RPM / Mono)
Released in 1954. Producer: Alan W. Livingston. Adaptation: Robert Wilhelm, based on the book by Collodi. Music: Van Alexander. Running Time: 7 minutes. Voices: June Foray (Pinocchio, Blue Fairy); Art Gilmore (Narrator); Daws Butler (Gepetto, Stromboli).
This is an unusual adaptation of the Disney film in that it tells the story without any of the films songs or a note of its score. The overall sound it much like other records in the Capitol childrens series, which is nice. The production is leisurely for a record of this era (some of them seem rushed).
Side one sets up the Stromboli story, which is resolved on side two. Time does not allow mention of Honest John, the Coachman, Lampwick or Pleasure Island, but it does include Monstro, and thats quite a bit for just one 78 RPM disc.
Walt Disneys FERDINAND THE BULL
Capitol Records CAS-3095 (10 78 RPM / Mono)
Released in 1951. Producer / Adaptation: Alan W. Livingston, based on the book by Robert Lawson and Munro Leaf. Music: Billy May. Running Time: 7 minutes.
Voices: June Foray (Ferdinand, Ferdinands Mother, Bull Scouter, Bullfighter); Don Wilson (Narrator, Bull Scouter).
This is the only Capitol/Disney record in which Don Wilson is an original cast member as well as narrator, as he performed the same role in the Oscar-winning Disney animated short. The adaptation is quite faithful to the original, except for a few lines here and there, and the original score by Billy May. June Foray takes over the role of Ferdinand, his mother and several male characters (in the 1938 film, Milt Kahl spoke for Ferdinand and Don Wilson voiced Ferdinand’s mother and the matador).
In 1961, Capitol Records combined Pinocchio and Ferdinand the Bull with The Flying Mouse on its Sorcerers Apprentice LP (J-3253), reissued in 1978 by Wonderland Records (L-8110).
Animation Spin Remembers Lovely Lady June
The sadly late, but eternally great, June Foray did so much voice work for radio, records, movies and television, there is no way to calculate the millions of lives she has and will continue to brighten. Through her work in humanitarian causes and her everyday kindnesses, the list gets even longer.
Below are the links to previous Animation Spin’s about records featuring her performances. Of course, there are many, many more recordings to discover and enjoy. (The dates indicate the recording releases, not when the characters or films originated.)
LITTLE TOOT (1948)
BUGS BUNNY IN STORYLAND (1949)
MICKEY MOUSES BIRTHDAY PARTY (1954)
PETER PAN (1960)
BUGS BUNNY AND HIS FRIENDS (1961)
THE ALVIN SHOW (1961) / THE CHIPMUNK SONGBOOK (1962)
MONSTER SHINDIG Starring SUPER SNOOPER and BLABBERMOUSE (1965)