ASIFA Portland and Oregon Cartoon Institute present…
More About Goofy: Pinto Colvig, Oregon Animation Pioneer
“I didn’t know when I was going to school whether I wanted to be a clown, draw cartoons, write, hobo, or be a musician. So I wrapped it all up and made stew out of it.” Pinto Colvig
Born in Jacksonville, Oregon in 1892, Vance DeBar “Pinto” Colvig is best known for providing the voice of Goofy, Bozo the Clown, Practical Pig in The Three Little Pigs, and Sleepy & Grumpy in Snow White. His fame as a voice artist during the second half of his life overshadows the pioneering animation he created at the beginning of his career. He died in 1967.
Medford historian Ben Truwe is coming to Portland on Oct. 12 to tell us what he knows about Pinto’s early life and career. He will share selections from his collection of Pinto’s work, and Oregon Cartoon Institute film archivist Dennis Nyback will do the same.
Admission free for ASIFA members and for students.
Admission $3.00 for non-ASIFA members and for non-students.
Pinto began performing on stage as a child in Jacksonville and Medford. He dropped out of OSU to join a circus, then worked as a newspaper cartoonist in Nevada and in San Francisco. Performing chalk talks in vaudeville prepared him to enter the brand new field of animation.
Nothing survives of his 1915 animated feature, Creation, except five 35mm frames, housed in the Southern Oregon Historical Society. His animation also made early use of color film, as in his 1919 Pinto’s Prizma Comedy Revue. Pinto moved to Hollywood in 1923, working first for Mack Sennett, then Walt Disney.
The evening will contain films and a presentation by Ben Truwe. Dennis Nyback will supply archival back up. As with all Oregon Cartoon Institute events, the presentation will be followed by Q & A.
Saturday October 12 @ 7:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St.
Portland, OR 97201
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