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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, include:

as well as adaptations of:

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, The Nome Trilogy and Postman Pat. They also created Pocoyo, which was a Spanish co-oporation with Granada Television and Zinkia Entertainment, and which was CGI animated. Before the studio disbanded in 2009, they made the first series of Guess with Jess, a Spin-Off series of Postman Pat which was also CGI animated. It is also worth mentioning that the three Discworld series had a title sequence featuring a 3D CGI rendering of the Discworld, though the main body of the series were traditionally animated. Some of the studios' later productions were a mix of CGI and stop-motion as well. They also worked on Series 8-12 of Thomas the Tank Engine, providing the CGI effects.

The studio has also experimented on video games. For example, they have animated the cutscenes for BBC Multimedia video games featuring their characters.

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 experimenting with Adobe Flash animation and ToonBoom animation on shows like The Likeaballs and Ruby To The Rescue. The studio returned to Doctor Who a few years later, in 2006, when they were commissioned to create new visuals for the two missing episodes of the serial The Invasion when it was released on DVD. The year after, it created The Infinite Quest for the magazine programme Totally Doctor Who.

The company was disbanded in 2009. But, to quote The Thing, it's "Not 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.

Mark Hall passed away from cancer 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!.

In 2015, CHF Entertainment made a reboot of the original company's Danger Mouse cartoon, which has become a great success on CBBC in the UK and Netflix in the international markets that has the show.

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.

Alternative Title(s): CHF Entertainment


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