Thursday, March 17, 2016

Original Production Animation Cel of Captain Hook On The "Jolly Roger" from "Peter Pan," 1953

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of Captain Hook over a lithographic background of the deck of the "Jolly Roger" from "Peter Pan," 1953; Numbered 145 in ink lower right; Outer mat hand signed "Best Wishes Marc Davis"; Size - Captain Hook 8 1/4 x 7", Cel 12 1/2 x 16", Mat 16 1/4 x 20 1/2"; Triple matted, wood fillet, and inset plaque.

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"Blast that Peter Pan!"  - Captain Hook

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.

Original production animation cel of Captain Hook.

From Disney animator Andreas Deja:
Many of you would agree that Captain Hook is one of Frank Thomas' best creations. To some Frank is the best animator who ever lived. - He used live action reference for a number of his characters. In this case it was character actor Hans Conried who provided the voice and acting reference for Hook. Frank was very critical about the way other animators used live action. To him the acting ideas were all you needed, but you still had to pass judgement on the footage and interpret what the actor gave you. His animation never has that roto, floaty feel to it. For one thing Frank was way too talented and smart to let that happen."

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

Image of the matting and Marc Davis signature.

Close up of the inset brass plaque and the Marc Davis hand signature.

This is a wonderful eyes and mouth open image of the vile Captain Hook. Both his hook and sword are visible, the cel is in mint condition, and his expression is absolutely fantastic! The cel has been placed on a lithographic background of the deck of Hook's pirate ship, "Jolly Roger." The animation setup has been triple matted with an inset title brass plaque. The outer mat is hand signed "Best Wishes Marc Davis" in black ink pen. A great addition to any Walt Disney animation art collection.