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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Tick-Tock (The Crocodile) from "Peter Pan," 1953


Original production drawing of Tick-Tock (The Crocodile) in red, blue and graphite pencils from "Peter Pan," 1953; Numbered 6 in pencil lower right; Size - Tic Toc 5 1/2 x 7 1/4", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.


“He would've had you by now, Captain, if he hadn't swallowed that alarm clock. But now, when he's about, he'd warn you, as you might say, with his tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.”
―Mr. Smee

The author J. M. Barrie first used Peter Pan as a character in a section of the adult novel "The Little White Bird" in 1902. He returned to that character with his stage play entitled "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," which premiered in London on December 27, 1904. The play ran until 1913, and it was later adapted by Walt Disney for the animated feature film entitled, "Peter Pan," in 1953.


Close up of the Tick-Tock production drawing.

The primary Villain of "Peter Pan" is Captain Hook, and the film is unusual because Captain Hook has a Villain; a crocodile which was named (in later publications) Tick-Tock. The name is derived from the fact that he had swallowed a clock, whose ticking sound was a warning to anyone he approached. Whenever Tick-Tock appeared in the original film, the song "Never Smile at a Crocodile" is played as his theme. "Never Smile at a Crocodile" was a song written by Frank Churchill with lyrics by Jack Lawrence; although only the music is heard in the film.


Close up of the production number.

Tick-Tock seems very set on eating Captain Hook. In a prior fight, Peter Pan cut off Hook's left hand and fed it to the crocodile; and once Tick-Tock had a taste of Captain Hook he wanted more! Tick-Tock's first appearance in the film was animated by John Lounsbery, but most of the crocodile's animation was done by lead Disney animator Wolfgang Reitherman. Reitherman was most known for directing action scenes in the Disney animated features and for later becoming Disney's chief animation director in 1961. Disney sound man Jimmy MacDonald provided Tick-Tock's biting sounds in the film (uncreditied).

This is an eyes and mouth open original production drawing of Tick-Tock the crocodile from "Peter Pan." The crocodile's head and neck are shown, as is the tip of his tail; with the rest of his body underwater. Drawings of this character are rare, especially clean-up drawings. The pose is wonderful, as Tick-Tock stares up with a very wicked smile and showing lots of teeth! The drawing is accomplished in red, blue, and graphite pencils and is on a full 16-field sheet of peg hole animation paper.