Hook's mother's picture may be ugly but the episode isn't
'Peter Pan and the Pirates' very quickly not only became one of my favourite animated shows but also one of my favourites ever. Of all the adaptations of 'Peter Pan', it's also my personal favourite.
All the characters are not only interesting but remarkably complex, especially Hook, even when not looking like Barrie's Hook all the character traits of the character are fully explored and expanded upon. The show is advantaged furthermore by good animation (with some exceptions here and there). Great music particularly the theme tune, one of the best of any animated 90s show. Remarkably good writing that had real maturity and a wide range of emotions rare in animated shows today. Gripping and imaginative stories that maintain the spirit of Barrie's source material while expanding on the themes, events and characterisation. And really excellent voice acting, for one of the most talented voice actors in the business and near-unequalled in villain roles Captain Hook contains some of the best work Tim Curry has ever done.
"Hook's Mother's Picture" was one of the first episodes watched while first getting into the show eight or so years ago, after finally finding it. So there is a lot of fondness for it, but after seeing the whole show will admit to finding other episodes better while still considering it a great episode. The recoiling over the ugliness of the picture is slightly repetitive, but actually there is very little wrong with "Hook's Mother's Picture".
The animation is very nicely done, though other episodes before and since have more imaginative visuals. It's atmospheric in colour, smooth in drawing and meticulous in the details.
Music is a great mix of lively, haunting and lush, the theme tune immediately sticks in one's head and never leaves it.
Writing is as mature, intelligent and emotionally complex as one would expect, never feeling dumbed down for adults or too complicated for children. The story is absorbing and fun with some beautifully written conflict.
Love that Peter is portrayed with a mix of likeable traits and less than likeable ones, which is exactly how he should be. With the pirates, there is much more to them than just one personality, even Smee for all his stupidity is funny and endearing. Wendy is headstrong and never cloying and Hook demonstrates why he has always been my favourite character.
All the voice acting is very good, Tim Curry especially with Jason Marsden close behind.
Overall, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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