Animation &Disney 15 Dec 2010 08:41 am

Reitherman’s Hook – Part 2

- Woolie Reitherman animated one of the best scenes in Peter Pan. Hook climbs a rope ladder out to battle Peter in the sails of the ship. He climbs getting ever closer to the camera (and, obviously, Peter.)

The scene is all on ones, but the inbetweens I have are only in this last half of the scene, so the QT movie has that stop-go look at the start.

As with all such posts we start with the last drawing from part 1.

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Here’s a QT movie of the complete action from the scene, including Part 1.
Since the scene has been inbetweened, it’s exposed, for the most part, on ones.

8 Responses to “Reitherman’s Hook – Part 2”

  1. on 15 Dec 2010 at 12:41 pm 1.Sandro said …

    This is indeed a great scene and it shows how Woolie was so prolific. It has been said that he could only do broad action scenes but this proves the contrary. In fact, he has done plenty of subtle acting too.

    Thanks for posting this, Michael.


  2. on 15 Dec 2010 at 2:16 pm 2.Stephen Perry said …

    Once you see the draft it’s easy to spot the different hook drawing styles, I’m surprised there wasn’t one clean-up artist pulling all the various styles into one look, as they had on Sleeping Beauty. Woolie’s scenes in the cave of Hook and the Croc, Woolie draws Hook far too big against the Croc…

  3. on 16 Dec 2010 at 12:02 pm 3.Ray Kosarin said …

    A great scene. Woolie R. hasn’t got nearly the attention of the other Nine Old Men, maybe because of his hit-and-miss batting average as director later in the game.

    This scene is masterful. It’s BOTH nuanced and forceful: the movements aren’t huge, but are so carefully composed and animated with tight discipline so that the medium-size accents hit home with verve and power.

    One tenth the size, and ten times the expression of almost any scene from, say, Princess and the Frog, or so many other current films which, to watch, too often feels like trying to survive ten minutes in the ring with the heavyweight.

  4. on 16 Dec 2010 at 12:15 pm 4.Michael said …

    Ray, You’ve perfectly described the modern features, and I couldn’t agree more with your assessment of them. Everyting’s always too big – Tangled. I think you’re going to like THE ILLUSIONIST, if you haven’t seen it already.

  5. on 16 Dec 2010 at 3:34 pm 5.Ray Kosarin said …

    Michael, I’m very excited to see THE ILLUSIONIST.

    Sylvain Chomet is a beautiful filmmaker (and it’s hard to imagine a better one, animation or live-action, to do a Tati story and get it right).

  6. on 18 Dec 2010 at 6:55 am 6.Steven Hartley said …

    I love the Woolie Reitherman animation on the Crocodile; it’s just so fun to watch as Captain Hook tries to flee for his life.

    Steve Hulett said before that Frank Thomas didn’t like the Woolie animation of Hook trying to escape from the crocodile saying it’s “too wild and broad”, and Frank animated most of Hook’s dialogue! Was Frank jealous that he got just acting scenes, while Woolie had the fun stuff?

  7. on 18 Dec 2010 at 8:41 am 7.Michael said …

    I seriously doubt that Frank Thomas was jealous of Woolie’s doing the action/comedy scenes with the crocodile. Personally, I love the quiet dialogue scenes whre you can really get into the character without having to have broad and wild movements.

  8. on 18 Dec 2010 at 9:06 am 8.Steven Hartley said …

    The quiet dialogue scenes are fine; and I love how Captain Hook controls Smee; and I like the scenes of when he has a “splitting headache”, and Smee fills his bucket and the thermometer in his mouth gets hotter and hotter and POPS; and Hook goes flying?

    I wonder if that was Thomas or Woolie?

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