Animation studio based in Manchester
that began in 1976 when Mark Hall
and Brian Cosgrove
got together with John Hambley
of Thames Television
and a crew of six people operating from a converted tobacco warehouse
. Initially a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Thames Television, Cosgrove Hall Productions' early years were spent mainly on developing animations for commercials until Danger Mouse
, a children's cartoon series satirizing secret agents, brought them worldwide attention.
During the mid-eighties, nearly every cool cartoon on television when you got back from school was courtesy of Cosgrove Hall, including Bananaman, Alias The Jester, Count Duckula, Wind In The Willows and Avenger Penguins. Their success continued in the nineties after teaming up with ITEL, the London-based international distributor owned by United News and Media with animated adaptions of Wyrd Sisters and Soul Music from the Discworld series of novels by Terry Pratchett under the name of Cosgrove Hall Films.
Nowadays, the company employs over seventy specialists in drawn animation, model animation and CGI and are housed in 25,000 square-foot custom-built studios, including two 3,500 square-foot model animation stages with computer-controlled motion camera rig and complete lighting and filming production facilities, plus workshops for puppet construction, wardrobe and set building. And, without exaggeration, they still remain one of the most original and innovative animation houses in the world.
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