Steven Spielberg dreamed of creating his own Peter Pan story for many years before HOOK hit theaters in 1991. His mother often read Peter and Wendy to him before bed and he even directed a school production of the play.
In the early 80s, with is career humming, he considered a Peter Pan story in musical form Michael Jackson as Peter. But as the ideas evolved past a musical and toward the final product, Spielberg dropped out to be a Dad.
Then, in 1991, the final ideas had finally been solidified and Spielberg reconnected with the project and made the movie we have all grown to love.
Hook uses roughly the same cast of characters from the original Peter Pan story, but it instead focuses on a Peter Pan that has grown up and forgotten his childhood. Old Peter represents many of the fears that caused Spielberg to drop out of the film in the mid 80s. He is a boring, workaholic lawyer who doesn’t make time for his kids and has forgotten how to have fun.
When Peter’s children are kidnapped by Captain Hook, he must go back to Neverland and find his roots to save them. If you haven’t seen this movie, please go watch it!
The score for the film was written and directed by the one and only John Williams. He masterfully injects the score with magical energy and themes that manage to perfectly represent the characters. I love the high energy Flight to Neverland, the noble Mahler-esque Banquet, and the nostalgic Face of Pan. Check out an awesome suite of these tunes performed by the Boston Pops below.
Presenting the Hook comes from the scene where we are first introduced to Dustin Hoffman’s rendition of Captain Hook. His sidekick, Smee, having collected the Captain’s freshly sharpened and shined hook, is dancing through the pirate port on the way to present it to the head Pirate. This is an evil dance that bounces along at a slow march tempo. Lean into beats 1 and 3 and be very crisp with your dotted 8th-16th rhythm to really bring out the character. Watch the scene below to dial in your style!
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