Twenty Seven years after forming Cosgrove Hall Films with Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall has announced his official retirement. Following in his partner’s footsteps, Hall leaves the company he helped make into one of the most prolific animation studios in the world. Over the years, the company’s projects have garnered numerous awards, including six BAFTAs and three International Emmys.
Manchester, England-based Cosgrove Hall has produced generations of children’s favorites like DangerMouse, Chorlton and the Wheelies and the classic animated adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. More recent projects include the new series Engie Benjy and Little Robots, as well as remakes of Andy Pandy and Bill & Ben. Currently, the studio is resurrecting the stop-motion series Postman Pat for Entertainment Rights and is working with BBCi on the animated Dr Who.
While working at Granada, Hall and Cosgrove began producing their own animated works in Cosgroves shed and formed their first company, Stop Frame Animations. In 1976, they started up Cosgrove Hall and moved into an old tobacco warehouse in Chorlton where the studios remain. The facilities have expanded to include three stop-motion studios and 2D and CG departments.
Hall issued a statement saying “Watching the company expand has been an amazing journey but I think it’s only now, at the end of our time with the studios, I realize just what a legacy has been left by the incredibly talented people that have worked with us over the years.” He goes on to say, “I can’t quite believe that time has gone so fast and I suppose I’ve kind of gone full circle … now I’m back in the garden shed with my oil paints and a lot of fabulous memories."