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Original Production Animation Cel Setup of Tick-Tock from "Peter Pan," 1953

Original Production Animation Cel Setup of Tick-Tock from "Peter Pan," 1953
Original Production Animation Cel Setup of Tick-Tock from "Peter Pan," 1953

Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cel of Tick-Tock with Matching Water Effects cel from "Peter Pan," 1953; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Numbered 99A and W99A in ink lower right corners; Size - Tick-Tock & Water Effects: 8 1/4 x 13 1/4", Image 11 1/4 x 14 1/2"; Unframed.

“Aye, but throwing it to that crocodile! That cursed beast liked the taste of me so well he's followed me ever since, licking his chops for the rest of me.” - 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.

The primary Villain of "Peter Pan" is Captain Hook, and the film is unusual because Captain Hook has a Villain; a crocodile which was named (in later publications) Tick-Tock. The name is derived from the fact that he had swallowed a clock, whose ticking sound was a warning to anyone he approached. Whenever Tick-Tock appeared in the original film, the song "Never Smile at a Crocodile" is played as his theme. "Never Smile at a Crocodile" was a song written by Frank Churchill with lyrics by Jack Lawrence; although only the music is heard in the film.

Tick-Tock seems very set on eating Captain Hook. In a prior fight, Peter Pan cut off Hook's left hand and fed it to the crocodile; and once Tick-Tock had a taste of Captain Hook he wanted more! Tick-Tock's first appearance in the film was animated by John Lounsbery, but most of the crocodile's animation was done by lead Disney animator Wolfgang Reitherman. Reitherman was most known for directing action scenes in the Disney animated features and for later becoming Disney's chief animation director in 1961. Disney sound man Jimmy MacDonald provided Tick-Tock's biting sounds in the film (uncredited).

This is an absolutely spectacular two cel setup of the Crocodile Tick-Tock with his matching water effects cel. The cels occur during the battle between Captain Hook and Peter Pan at Skull Rock. Tick-Tock is looking up at Hook, just waiting for him to fall. Tick-Tock is eyes open, has his tongue sticking out, and both his upper body and the end of his tail is out of the water. A stunning and impressive setup from the Walt Disney vintage period for animation art!


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