Original Production Cel of Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," 1953
Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of Captain Hook over a matching lithographic background from "Peter Pan," 1953.
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. I remember seeing Conried acting 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 villain and I would say that he is my favorite male villain in the Disney film world.
The cel above depicts Captain Hook looking through is telescope at, having just arrived to Neverland, Peter Pan and the Darling children resting on a cloud. Hook then rattles off coordinates to the cannon operating pirate on the brig the Jolly Roger. This is cel is just a few frames off from the image that was used to make a limited edition cel.
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