Vance DeBar Colvig (September 11, 1892 – October 3, 1967), professionally Pinto Colvig, was an American vaudeville actor, voice actor, newspaper cartoonist and circus performer, whose schtick was playing the clarinet off-key while mugging. Colvig was the original Bozo the Clown, and the original voice of the Disney characters Pluto and Goofy. In 1993, he was posthumously made a Disney Legend for his contributions to Walt Disney Films, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fun and Fancy Free.
Pinto Colvig in Jacksonville School, 1900
Vance DeBar Colvig
September 11, 1892
Jacksonville, Oregon, U.S.
|Died||October 3, 1967 (aged 75)|
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City|
|Alma mater||Oregon State University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, newspaper cartoonist, circus performer|
Margaret Bourke Slavin
(m. 1916; died 1950)
Peggy Bernice Allaire (m. 1952)
|Children||5, including Vance DeBar Colvig, Jr.|
Colvig was born Vance DeBar Colvig in Jacksonville, Oregon, one of seven children of Judge William Mason Colvig (1845–1936) and his wife, Adelaide Birdseye Colvig (1856–1912). Although William Colvig was a pioneer, an attorney and a distinguished Oregonian, he was never actually a judge. Pinto attended Oregon State University sporadically from 1910 to 1913.
After marrying Margaret Bourke Slavin (1892–1950) in 1916, he settled with her in San Francisco, where four of their five boys were born (their last son was born in Los Angeles).
In 1916, Pinto Colvig worked with Byington Ford and Benjamin Thackston "Tack" Knight at the Animated Film Corp in San Francisco. The company produced animated cartoons over a decade before Walt Disney did. In 1922, Colvig created a newspaper cartoon panel titled "Life on the Radio Wave" for the San Francisco Chronicle. The feature ran three or four times per week on the newspaper's radio page, was syndicated nationally, and lasted six months.
As his reputation grew, he worked for the Disney studio, the Warner Bros. animation studio, Fleischer Studios (Bluto, Gabby) and MGM, where he voiced a Munchkin in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. He directed (along with Erdman Penner and Walt Pfeiffer) the 1937 Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Amateurs.
Colvig is known as the original voice of Disney's Goofy and the original Bozo the Clown, a part he played for a full decade beginning in 1946. During this period, Colvig recorded the "Filbert the Frog" song, which featured Colvig's virtuoso use of the glottal stop as a musical instrument in itself. He is also the second known voice of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Other notable characters he voiced include Practical Pig, the pig that built the "house of bricks" in the Disney short "Three Little Pigs", and both Sleepy (originally to be voiced by Sterling Holloway) and Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the barks for Pluto the dog. He also provided Ichabod Crane's screams in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad in 1949.
|1925||Hey Fever Time|
|After a Reputation|
|Buster be Good|
|Oh! Buster!||The Butler|
|1928||The Cockeyed Family||Orange Farmer||Uncredited|
|Henpecked||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||Voice, Uncredited|
|The Chain Gang||Hounds||Voice, Uncredited|
|Snappy Salesman||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||Voice, Uncredited|
|Cold Feet||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||Voice, Uncredited|
|The Navy||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||Voice, Uncredited|
|Africa||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||Voice, Uncredited|
|Alaska||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||Voice, Uncredited|
|1931||What a Doctor||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||Voice, Uncredited|
|The Moose Hunt||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|Mickey Steps Out||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|Mickey's Orphans||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|1932||The Duck Hunt||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|The Mad Dog||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|Barnyard Olympics||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|Mickey's Revue||Dippy Dog, Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|Just Dogs||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|Mickey's Nightmare||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|Trader Mickey||Pluto||Voice, Uncredited|
|The Whoopee Party||Goofy||Voice, Uncredited|
|Touchdown Mickey||Goofy||Voice, Uncredited|
|1934||Servants' Entrance||Mustard Pot||Voice, Uncredited|
|1935||The Cookie Carnival||Gingerbread Man||Voice, Uncredited|
|1937||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Sleepy / Grumpy||Voice, Uncredited|
|1939||The Wizard of Oz||Munchkins||Voice, Uncredited|
|Gulliver's Travels||Gabby||Voice, Uncredited|
|1941||Mr. Bug Goes to Town||Mr. Creeper||Voice, Uncredited|
|1943||Hop and Go||Claude Hopper||Voice, Uncredited|
|1944||The Three Caballeros||Aracuan||Voice, Uncredited|
|1947||Variety Girl||Special Voice Impersonation||Uncredited|
|Fun and Fancy Free||Goofy||Voice, Uncredited|
|1948||Bill and Coo||Singer||Uncredited|
|Melody Time||Aracuan Bird||(segment: 'Blame it on the Samba'), Voice, Uncredited|
|1949||The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad||Townspeople||Voice, Uncredited|
|1951||Alice in Wonderland||Flamingo||Voice, Uncredited|
|1959||Sleeping Beauty||Maleficent's Goon||Voice, Uncredited|
|1965||Donald Duck Goes West||Goofy||Voice, (final film role)|
- Bozo At The Circus (Capitol, 1946) as Bozo the Clown
- Mickey and the Beanstalk (Capitol, 1947) as Goofy
- Here Comes...Colonna's Trolley (Capitol, 1947) as Additional Voice Characterizations
- Bozo and his Rocket Ship (Capitol, 1948) as Bozo the Clown
- Bozo Under The Sea (Capitol, 1948) as Bozo the Clown
- Bozo and the Birds (Capitol, 1949)
- The Grasshopper And The Ants (Capitol, 1949) as The Grasshopper
- Bozo on The Farm (Capitol, 1950) as Bozo the Clown
- Bozo Has A Party (Capitol, 1952) as Bozo the Clown
- Mickey Mouse's Candy Mine (RCA, 1952) as Goofy
- Bozo At The Dog Show (Capitol, 1954) as Bozo the Clown
- Bozo's Merry-Go-Round Music (Capitol, 1954) as Bozo the Clown
- Mickey Mouse's Birthday Party (Capitol, 1954) as Goofy, Pluto, Grumpy, Practical Pig, Cleo
- Walt Disney's Song Parade from Disneyland (Golden, 1956) as Goofy
- Mickey and the Beanstalk (Disneyland, 1963) as Goofy
- Goofy's TV Spectacular (Disneyland, 1964) as Goofy
- Children's Riddles and Game Songs (Disneyland, 1964) as Goofy (speaking voice only)
- "The Akron Beacon Journal, October 21, 1967". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
- Medford Pioneers
- "William Colvig".
- "Pinto Notes".
- Oregon Encyclopedia
- "Life on the Radio Wave by Pinto Colvig".
- "Stripper's Guide Obscurity of the Day, May 4, 2011". Retrieved 2011-05-04.
- "Interview with Billy Bletcher, by Michael Barrier and Milton Gray". Funnyworld. 1978. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
- Egan, Timothy (July 14, 1991). "Northwest Noir: An Art of the Serious Goofy". The New York Times.
- "Battling Bozos". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
- "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1930". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
- "Pinto Colvig, 75, Voice Of Cartoon Characters". The New York Times. October 6, 1967.
- Southern Oregon Historical Society
- "Pinto Colvig at Discogs". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- "Walt Disney's "Fun and Fancy Free" on Records, Part 2". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- Bozo and the Birds – A Capitol Record-Reader (1949), YouTube
- "Disney's "Grasshopper and The Ants" on Records". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- "Mickey Mouse's "Candy Mine" and "Orphan's Benefit". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- "A Spin Special: Stan Freberg Records". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- ""Walt Disney's Song Parade from Disneyland" on Golden Records". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- "Walt Disney's Goofy – on the Record". Retrieved 2017-10-08.