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Monday, June 29, 2015

Original Production Drawings In Graphite and Colored Pencils of Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," 1953


Original production drawing of Captain Hook in red, pink, teal, blue, and graphite pencils from "Peter Pan," 1953; Numbered 39 in pencil lower right; Size - Captain Hook 9 1/4 x 6 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.


"That cursed Peter Pan. Making a fool out of me. Oh! My head!” - Captain Hook.

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. 


Close up of the Captain Hook production drawing.


Close up of the production number.

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 character with comic overtones, and is one of the most favorite male villains 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!


Original production drawing of Captain Hook in red, pink, teal, blue, and graphite pencils from "Peter Pan," 1953; Numbered 25 in pencil lower right with animation ladder center right; Size - Captain Hook 9 1/4 x 5 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.



Close up of the Captain Hook production drawing.


Close up of the animation ladder and the production number.

After battling Peter Pan at Skull Rock, Captain Hook loses the fight and his chased off by the crocodile Tic Toc. Hook ends up back on the "Jolly Roger," with a hot water bottle on his head, his feet in a warm bath tub, and a blanket around his body. He says, "That cursed Peter Pan. Making a fool out of me. Oh! My head!” This pair of drawings is from that scene and they are extremely detailed. Both show Hook with his eyes and mouth open, are very large being over nine inches in height, and are completed in graphite with colored pencil shading and highlights.

To view the scene which these drawings were used to create, click on the short video below:

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