Thursday, May 12, 2016

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

Original production animation drawing of Captain Hook in red, blue, and graphite pencils from "Peter Pan," 1953, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 122 in pencil lower right; Size - Captain Hook 11 3/4 x 7", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.

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"I'll get you for this, Pan, if it's the last thing I do!" - Captain Hook

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.

Captain Hook was initially designed by Milt Kahl animated by legendary Frank Thomas and Wolfgang Reitherman. Hook voiced by Hans Conried who 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.

Close up of the Captain Hook original production animation drawing.

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.

This outstanding animation drawing of a mouth and eyes open Captain Hook was created by Disney animator Wolfgang Reitherman who animated Captain Hook throughout the Skull Rock sequence. The drawing is from the scene at the end of Captain Hook's battle with Peter Pan inside of Skull Rock. The evil pirate is left dangling by his hook from the end of a rocky ledge, and Peter Pan says "Well, well, a codfish on a hook," and Captain Hook responds: "I'll get you for this, Pan, if it's the last thing I do!"

To see the drawing in the film, just click on the short video below: