Disney Villains-Captain Hook

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Captain Hook is a pirate with a grudge. Although he fancies himself too clever for an impudent imp like Peter Pan, in their last bout the boy fed Hook's hand to a crocodile. Now Hook wants revenge, and his ship and all its men will stay anchored in Never Land's waters until he gets it. If only he could find Pan's hideout, he'd trap him in his lair. The deed will take diabolical planning and a treacherous streak of charm, and no one takes greater pleasure in both than Hook. If only that dreaded crocodile would stop circling his ship, licking its chops for the rest of him, he might be able to concentrate on the matter at hand ... er ... hook.

Captain Hook's crew is a ragtag bunch dying to put out to sea for some real pirating again. Tired of Hook's obsession with Peter Pan, one of them even dies of boredom. As the swabby sings a cadenza about the short life of a pirate, the annoyed Hook shoots him from his yardarm perch. With treatment like that, it's no wonder none of them dare challenge Hook. Instead they vent their frustration on the first mate, Mr. Smee, with knife-throwing, belly-jabbing, throat-slitting threats.

Captain Hook's loyal first mate, Mr. Smee, wants to give up this vain quest for revenge against Peter Pan. That may be the smartest idea that's ever echoed in his thick skull, since his true following is following Hook's orders. He'll happily do anything for his "Cap'n," even tie Indian Princess Tiger Lily to an anchor for drowning at high tide. Obviously dangerous in his efforts to please, he's sometimes even a threat to Hook himself. Nailing up a "do not disturb" sign outside the captain's cabin, he unknowingly hammers the tyrant senseless. Mistaking Hook's daze for a good mood, he blathers, "Well, Cap'n, it's nice to see you smiling again. Brings back the good ol' days when we was leadin' a healthy, normal life, scuttling ships and cutting throats. Oh, Cap'n, why don't we put to sea again?"

Actor Hans Conried lent Captain Hook not only his distinctive voice, but also his skill at dramatic character gesticulation, performing extensive live-action reference for the character. He also performed the same dual role for the character of Thomas Jefferson in "Ben and Me" (1953), posed live-action for King Stefan in "Sleeping Beauty" (1959), and enjoyed repeat performances as the acerbic Magic Mirror in many Disney specials and TV episodes. Outside of Disney he's probably best known as Uncle Tonoose on the "Make Room for Daddy" TV series of the '50s and as Doctor T. in "The 5,000 Fingers of Doctor T." (1953).

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