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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Original Matching Production Animation Drawings of Captain Hook and The Rope Ladder from "Peter Pan," 1953


Original matching production animation drawings of Captain Hook in red, green, and graphite pencils and the Rope Ladder in graphite and blue pencils from "Peter Pan," 1953, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 140 and A11 in pencil lower right; Production numbers stamp on the Captain Hook drawing lower left; Size - Captain Hook: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4", Rope Ladder: 4 x 15 1/2", Both sheets 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.

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"Ha ha ha, you wouldn’t dare fight old Hook man to man. You’d fly away like a cowardly sparrow." - 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.


Original production animation drawing of Captain Hook.


Close up of the original production animation drawing of Captain Hook.


Production number stamp on the drawing of Captain Hook.


Production number on the drawing of Captain Hook.

Captain James Bartholomew 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.

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."


Original production animation drawing of the rope ladder.


Production number stamp on the drawing of the rope ladder.


Production number on the drawing of the rope ladder.

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!

This is a fantastic set of key matching production drawings from the final battle between Captain Hook and Peter Pan aboard the pirate's ship "Jolly Roger." Hook has both eyes open and a wickedly evil smile. He is armed with his sword and hook, as he pursues Peter Pan onto the rope ladder rigging of the ship; daring Peter to face him. The key matching production animation drawing of the rope ladder is very rare and a great addition to the Captain Hook drawing. As Hook climbs up the rope ladder he says to Peter Pan, "Ha ha ha, you wouldn’t dare fight old Hook man to man. You’d fly away like a cowardly sparrow." A rare and important set of drawings and a great addition to any art collection!