Friday, November 20, 2015

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

Original production drawing of Captain Hook in red, green, and graphite pencils from "Peter Pan," 1953; Numbered 126 in pencil lower right with production numbers stamp lower left; Size - Captain Hook 7 1/4 x 8 1/4", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.

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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. Conried was also a well known character, 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 character with comic overtones, and is one of the 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!

Close up of the production number.

Close up of the production stamp.

This is a fantastic production drawing from the final battle between Captain Hook and Peter Pan aboard the pirate's ship, "Jolly Roger." He has both eyes open and a wickedly evil smile. Hook, armed with his sword and raised hook, pursues Peter Pan into the rigging of the ship; daring Peter to face him. As he climbs up the rope ladder he says, "Ha ha ha, you wouldn’t dare fight old Hook man to man. You’d fly away like a cowardly sparrow."

To see the cel made from this drawing in the film, just click on the short video below: