Thursday, July 9, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," 1953

Original production drawing of Captain Hook in red and graphite pencils from "Peter Pan," 1953; Numbered 53 in pencil lower right; Size - Captain Hook 6 1/2 x 6 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.

Captain 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. Conried was a veteran actor and appeared 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.

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 and one of the public's favorite male villains in all of the Disney film world. This drawing is a wonderful image of Captain Hook with both eyes open and his tongue is hanging out of his mouth. Both rows of teeth can be seen as well has his famed hook for a left hand. 

Close up of the production number.