Vance DeBar Colvig Sr. (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 performer of the Disney characters Pluto and Goofy, as well as Bozo the Clown. 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 Sr.
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 Sr. 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 several years 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.
By the late 1920s, Colvig associated with Walter Lantz, with whom he attempted to establish a cartoon studio. When Lantz became producer of Universal's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons in 1929, Colvig was hired as an animator, also working as a storyman and voice artist, briefly voicing Oswald.
In 1931, Colvig joined Walt Disney Productions as a writer, also providing sound effects, including the barks for Pluto the Pup. The following year he began voicing Goofy, originally known as Dippy Dawg. He directed (along with Erdman Penner and Walt Pfeiffer) the 1937 Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Amateurs. While he would be associated with Disney for most of his career, Colvig wouldn't work for the studio between 1937 and 1940 after falling out with Disney after being offered a job with Fleischer Studios, then planning to produce a competing feature-length animation film in the wake of Disney's success with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For Fleischer, he worked on 1939's Gulliver's Travels, for which he voiced town crier Gabby, who was spun off into his own short-lived series. He also voiced Bluto for the studio's Popeye the Sailor cartoons in replacement of Gus Wickie, who had decided to stay in New York rather than move to Miami. Colvig's departure from Disney meant that the increasingly-popular Goofy went voiceless for a number of years.
After returning to California, Colvig began to devote himself to acting, appearing for the Warner Bros. animation studio and MGM, where he voiced a Munchkin in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. He also began working on radio, providing voices and sound effects.
Colvig became also known as 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|
|1945||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, Ichabod Crane (screams only)||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.
- "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1930". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
- Egan, Timothy (July 14, 1991). "Northwest Noir: An Art of the Serious Goofy". The New York Times.
- "Interview with Billy Bletcher, by Michael Barrier and Milton Gray". Funnyworld. 1978. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
- "Battling Bozos". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
- "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.