Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Original Production Animation Cel of Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," 1953

Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cel of Captain Hook over a lithographic background of the deck of the "Jolly Roger" from "Peter Pan," 1953; Size - Captain Hook 9 3/4 x 7", Cel 12 1/2 x 14 1/2"; Unframed.

Captain James Bartholomew Hook was animated by legendary Frank Thomas and voiced by Hans Conried.  Conried was also the voice of George Darling, which is consistent with the roles of "Peter Pan" for the stage.  I remember seeing Conried acting on "I Love Lucy" where he played an English tutor as well as playing the character Wrongway Feldman on "Gilligan's Island."  His voice was so distinctive and so memorable that he was perfect for the role of Captain Hook; as he had a wonderful way of conveying both the rough gruff pirate role as well and the sly calculating villain.

Photograph showing the complete cel with peg holes.

Frank Thomas's first sketches of Captain Hook were much more menacing than the final product.  Walt Disney felt the character was going to be too frightening for children and so Thomas toned down his drawings.  The result is a wonderful villain with comic overtones, and I would say that he is my favorite male villain in the Disney film world.  Also of note is that Captain Hook has also made more appearances in visual media than any of the Disney film Villains combined!

Close up of the Captain Hook Cel.

This cel is just a wonderful image of Captain Hook with a great facial expression, and he has been placed on a background of the deck of the Jolly Roger.  Captain Hook is a very large, standing in at over nine inches tall!  Both of his eyes and his mouth are open; and you can see his right hand, hook, his sword, and the entire lavender plum of his Pirate Captain's Hat.  Note: There is some minor cracking to the cel in the upper part of the hand and the top of the white pirate shirt.

Close up of the Captain Hook cel on the background.