Disney History Institute Podcast

So who was Pinto Colvig?  The voice of Goofy, the voice of multiple dwarfs in Snow White, the voice of practical pig, a sound effects man, and an animator.  One of my projects for this past year was to edit and introduce Pinto Colvig’s memoir (written in the 1940s) for publication.   This is the earliest known book-length memoir by a Disney artist.  The book is out.  And now here is the Pinto Colvig Story podcast. 

Direct download: DHI_011_Pinto_Colvig_Story_Tuesday.m4a
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Earlier this month, Blaine Gibson, Disney animator and sculptor, passed away at the age of 97.   I was lucky enough to interview Blaine multiple times.   I’ve assembled this podcast as a tribute to him.   I’ve always felt that voice was a window into personality.   Here, Blaine narrates his own story at the Disney studio, giving special attention to his efforts on the iconic Partners statue that graces Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom in Florida, and the Disney Studio in Burbank.

Direct download: DHI_010_Blaine_Gibson_FINAL_FINAL.m4a
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DHI 009 - Walt at Christmastime: a selection of Christmas letters written in the 1930s and 1940s by Walt and Roy Disney, most of them never before published.  With Todd James Pierce and Paul F. Anderson.

Direct download: DHI_009_Walt_at_Christmastime_FINAL.m4a
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DHI historian, Todd James Pierce shares excerpts from an old (and surprising) interview with Fess Parker, the actor best-known for his role as Davy Crockett. 

Direct download: DHI_007_Fess_Parker.m4a
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DHI 007 - DHI Mythbusters Edition - The Truth About The Petrified Tree

One of the oldest mysteries at Disneyland, finally solved!

Direct download: DHI_008_-_DHI_Mythbusters_Edition_-_The_Truth_About_The_Petrified_Tree.m4a
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DHI 006 The Penthouse Club

The story of the private penthouse club at the Disney studio, where in the 1940s and 1950s top animators used to relax a the top of the animation building.

Direct download: DHI_006_The_Penthouse_Club.m4a
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The never-before-told story of the first amusement complex that Walt Disney attempted to build.  In 1938 and 1939, Hollywood Sports Garden was to be a massive 34-acre entertainment complex in the center of Los Angeles.  This episode contains the first three chapters of this story.  A subsequent episode will conclude the story, with chapters four through six.

Direct download: DHI_005_Walts_First_Park_Part_1.mp3
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The Haunted Mansion that was never built.  And a ghost--a real one--that Yale Gracey (the man who created spirits for the Mansion) saw as a boy.

Direct download: DHI_004_The_Ghost_and_Yale_Gracey.m4a
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The story of the most famous party in the history of animation - the 1938 Snow White wrap party.

Direct download: DHI_003_Walts_Field_Day.m4a
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Walt Disney's plans for audio-animatronics at the end of his life.  Host: Todd James Pierce

Direct download: Beyond_Lincoln_-_Walts_Vision_for_Animatronics_in_1965.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT