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The Goofy Life of a Disney Legend

Disney Legend Pinto Colvig, best known as the voice of Goofy, wrote a book in the 1940s primarily about his years working for Walt at the Disney Studio. The book was packed away and forgotten, until now. You've never read anything like it.

Pinto writes in character, elevating his book from mere journal to an important piece of Americana, and allowing him to evoke long-gone people and places with astonishing immediacy. You'll follow him from rural Oregon to Hollywood and the Disney Studio and finally to an institution as he recovers from a nervous breakdown brought on by his vocalization of Grumpy the Dwarf.

It's a Crazy Business includes:

  • Pinto's early adventures in Hollywood, writing gags for Mack Sennett and voicing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz
  • Pinto's arrival at the Disney Studio in the early 1930s, where he worked on gags for Walt and voiced Goofy, Grumpy, and the Practical Pig
  • Pinto's vivid recollections of story meetings with Walt and the often eccentric behaviors of early Disney artists and gagmen
  • Pinto's nervous breakdown and confinement in the "nut hatch", with surreal fantasies of skeletal Dwarfs and a bedside chat with God

The life of a comedic genius: in his own gag-strewn words!


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