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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. 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.

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.

In 2009, ITV Plc put the company under review, and decided to fold the studio into their operations. 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 with new partner, Francis Fitzpatrick, they had formed 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 - 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. As of 2019, out of all these shows, only Daisy & Ollie has been picked up for production so far.

In 2019, CHF Media Group announced that they would shutter CHF Entertainment's in-house animation department, and that the production for Pip Ahoy!, Daisy & Ollie and other future projects will be outsourced to animation studios overseas.


Alternative Title(s): CHF Entertainment

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