Colvig, Vance (“Pinto”)

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004

    One of the great voice actors in animation, Colvig is indelibly associated with the Disney character Goofy. Much of that character’s charm is a result of the voice he provided. The pairing of his voice with Art Babbit’s brilliant animation is largely responsible for making Goofy the major character that he is.

    Around 1938, Colvig left the Disney studio. (It was not long after this that Goofy became an almost completely silent character.) Colvig proceeded to work for the Fleischer studio, principally as Gabby, the Town Crier in their feature film Gulliver’s Travels , and also did some work at Warner Brothers.

    Warner-released cartoons in which Colvig was involved include:

  • Jeepers Creepers (Clampett, 1939) as the Ghost. There is some dispute as to exactly how much of this work is Colvig’s and how much is Mel Blanc’s.
  • Snowman’s Land (Jones, 1939) as the Mountie
  • Hobo Gadget Band (Hardaway/Dalton, 1939)
  • Hop and Go (McCabe, 1943) as the dopey Kangaroo, and
  • Conrad the Sailor (Jones, 1942) as Conrad. Hames Ware has opened this to question.

    Some of the above information is based on the overview of Colvig by Hames Ware in Animato! #31.

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