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Who or what are Cosgrove Hall?
More to the point, what are you doing on this site? But seriously, Cosgrove Hall Films (formerly Cosgrove Hall Productions), based in Manchester, is one of Europe's largest animation studios. It was established in 1976 by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall, a pair of art school graduates and animation fans. I now have a studio history page, reproduced from the late Animation Daily Web site. Transcipts of magazine articles about Cosgrove Hall will be coming soon, too.
How well-known are they?
The company name isn't as well-known as, say, Disney, but it's fair to say that most people have heard of or seen at least one of their productions. Their shows are sold to over 70 countries worldwide, and are enjoyed by people of all ages. Er, except maybe prenatal.
What are their most famous series?
They're best known as the creators of such fabulous kids' shows as Dangermouse, Chorlton and the Wheelies and The Wind in the Willows, although they've produced many excellent lesser-known series and one-off specials too. Recent works include Fetch the Vet and Bill and Ben.
Did they do Wallace and Gromit, Henry's Cat, Bod etc.?
No, no, no, no, no. You're thinking of Aardman Animations, Bob Godfrey and Satan respectively. Check the Filmography. If it's not listed there, they didn't make it.
Is there an official Cosgrove Hall Website?
Yes! The official site, www.chf.co.uk is now open. It's got lots of good information and it's not bogged down with fancy effects, so it's a nice place to be. I even forgive them for nicking some of their text from this site^_^.
There's also Cosgrove Hall Digital, which is the part of Cosgrove Hall that takes care of all the computer animation. Sometimes this is integrated into existing shows (Fetch the Vet, for instance, uses computer generated backdrops), but they also produce CG-only stuff. They've recently completed a CG pilot of old Gerry Anderson favourite Captain Scarlet. They used to have a fairly full website, but since it's now been reduced to a single front page, I can't be arsed to put a link to it here. Go look on Google.com if you're interested.
How can I contact Cosgrove Hall?
If you'd like to contact Cosgrove Hall, their details are available on their official website.