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Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952)

December 20th, 2011 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1950's, Oregon film, Oregon film new definition, Oregon voice artist, Videos

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Pinto Colvig was almost 50 years into his show business career when he voiced Pluto in this holiday themed Disney cartoon.

Pinto was born Vance DeBar Colvig, son of Judge Colvig, in Jacksonville, Oregon in 1892. He entered show business in 1905 in Portland during the Lewis and Clark Exposition. He joined a street performer’s act, and learned he could get laughs by playing his clarinet with his eyes crossed.

He became an animator by way of newspaper cartooning. By 1915 he had his own animation studio, Pinto Cartoon Comedies, in San Francisco.

In 1922 he moved to Hollywood and went to work for Mack Sennett.

He was hired by Walt Disney in 1930, and originated the voice of Pluto in 1931.

I hereby claim Pluto’s Christmas Tree as an Oregon film, on the basis of Pinto Colvig’s contribution as voice artist.

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