Captain Hook is introduced in Peter Pan as a cunning, sinister man, plotting to trap Peter in his lair, but also a bit of a buffoon, hiding from the crocodile nicknamed ‘Tick Tock’ who took off his hand. He seeks revenge on Peter Pan for having fed the crocodile his hand amidst the battle, and will keep his ship and its crew anchored in Never Land’s waters until he finds the boy. This cel is the perfect Hook; he’s smoking his double cigar, he’s brandishing his namesake Hook, and consulting the map to snare his nemesis, Peter Pan.
Animation Cel of Captain Hook with Cigar
Frank Thomas was the directing animator of Hook. One director insisted that Hook should be a darker villain with no comedic traits. Yet this would not work during the crocodile scenes. The animators realized he could not be truly evil, because of the children in the film that he would be threatening. The result is a “bad guy,” but only to the point of matching Peter Pan. Actor Hans Conried set the tone for Disney’s interpretation of Hook. He was the original voice for the Captain, as well as, in the tradition of the stage play, Mr. Darling. In addition Conried’s acting skills were used, as he performed live-action reference for the two characters.