Creator / Cosgrove Hall
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Cosgrove Hall was a British animation studio, founded in 1976 by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall. Its products, mostly created for ITV
Most of its productions are traditional cel animation, but it has also done a number of stop-motion model animations, including (among those listed above), Chorlton and the Wheelies
, The Wind in the Willows
and Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service
. It is also worth mentioning that the Discworld
series had a title sequence featuring a 3D CGI rendering of the Discworld, though the main body of the series were traditionally animated.
In 2003, Cosgrove Hall created Scream of the Shalka
, an animated Doctor Who
adventure starring Richard E. Grant
. It was produced to mark the series' 40th anniversary, and also as a pilot for a possible revival of the series in animated form (although this fell through when Russell T. Davies
independently got the green light to revive the series in its original live-action format). It was also with this project that the studio started working with Adobe Flash
animation. The studio returned to Doctor Who
a few years later, commissioned to create new visuals for the two missing episodes
of the serial "The Invasion" when it was released on DVD.
The company was disbanded in 2009. But it isn't the end of the story.
In early 2011, Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall came out of retirement and announced that the company had not only been reformed, but has also acquired a third partner, Francis Fitzpatrick, and will merge with Fitzpatrick's company to form CHF Entertainment
. The trio also announced a new then-to-be-named show for preschoolers, in the footsteps of Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service
Mark Hall passed away shortly after, with his son Simon Hall taking over his share and partnership of the company. Three years later, in Summer 2014, CHF Entertainment released its first program since its disbanding in 2009, Pip Ahoy!
Francis Fitzpatrick pulled out of the partnership in mid-2015, citing interest in pursuing other opportunities as his reason. However, the company name will not be changed to reflect his departure. Adrian Wilkins takes over Fitzpatrick's share in the company.
As of 2016, CHF Entertainment is preparing to go back into full swing, with four shows being marked as "coming soon": Herogliffix
, a traditional animation featuring Funny Animals
of the adventure genre; Horatio: Genius for Hire
, a CGI show featuring an Amazing Technicolor Population
; Magic Marlon
, a magical repairman apprenticed to his dad, and Daisy & Ollie
, about two kids, a monkey and a robot.