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Pinto’s Prizma Comedy Revue (1919)/Lost film

October 2nd, 2008 by Anne Richardson · 2 Comments · 1910's, Lost film, Oregon animator, Oregon director, Oregon film new definition, Oregon voice artist

I have never seen Pinto’s Prizma Comedy Revue, but here’s information about its place in the career of one of Oregon first animators, Vance DeBar “Pinto” Colvig.

This is from the IMDB bio of Colvig, who was born and raised in Jacksonville, Oregon.

In 1914 he landed a job as a newspaper cartoonist at the “Nevada Rockroller” in Reno, and later the “Carson City News” in Carson City. By the spring of 1915 his cartooning was going well but the lure of the circus was too strong. When the Al G. Barnes Circus came through Carson City, Pinto dropped everything and joined the troupe, once again clowning and playing his clarinet in the circus band.

In those days circuses closed down each winter and Pinto returned to newspaper cartooning wherever he could find a job. While working on a Portland newspaper between seasons in 1916, he met and married Margaret Bourke Slavin, putting an end to his vagabond life as a circus performer. With a family to support, Pinto and Margaret moved to San Francisco, where he returned to the newspaper business writing and drawing cartoons full-time at “The Bulletin” and later the “San Francisco Chronicle”. His cartoon series, “Life on the Radio Wave,” which poked fun at the way the newly introduced radio was influencing people’s lives, was syndicated nationally by United Features Syndicate. He greatly enjoyed cartooning and considered it another form of clowning. “A cartoonist,” he said, “is just a clown with a pencil.”

While Pinto toiled daily to meet newspaper commitments, he began to spend evenings experimenting with the animation of cartoons and eventually set up his own studio, Pinto Cartoon Comedies Co., where he created one of the first animated silent films in color called “Pinto’s Prizma Comedy Revue (1919)”. In 1922, after realizing that San Francisco was not the place to break into the movie business, he moved his family to Hollywood.

I hereby claim Colvig’s entire output at Pinto Cartoon Comedies Company as (lost) Oregon films.

This post brought to you by Oregon Cartoon Institute.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 V.E.G. // Nov 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Vance DeBar Colvig is part Greek. Too bad the film Pinto’s Prizma Comedy Revue is lost!

  • 2 Anne Richardson // Nov 6, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I agree! Pinto pioneered full length animation – a much more impressive credential than voicing Bozo yet Bozo is what most people connect with his name.

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