Saturday, January 9, 2016

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

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of Captain Hook over a lithographic background from "Peter Pan," 1953; Size - Captain Hook 6 1/4 x 6 1/4", Cel 10 1/2 x 12 3/4", Background 8 x 8 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 well known actor including roles 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.  

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 and certainly one the fan favorite male villains in the Walt Disney film world.

Original production cel of Captain Hook without the background.

This cel depicts Captain Hook looking through his telescope at Peter Pan and the Darling children resting on a cloud; after just having flown and arrived in Neverland. In order to shoot them out of the sky, Captain Hook then rattles off coordinates to Mr. Smee and the cannon operating pirate, both on the brig of his ship the Jolly Roger. This cel is just a few frames off from the image that was used to make a limited edition cel; and his a wonderful full figure, eyes and mouth open image of the vile Captain Hook. Both his hook and sword are visible, and the cel is in mint condition.

To view the scene which this cel was used to create, click on the short video below: