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When Mark Hall, who has died of cancer aged 75, teamed up in a new company with Brian Cosgrove, a fellow graphic designer from Granada Television, they ventured on a path that led to the production of hugely popular, well-crafted children's series such as Danger Mouse and The Wind in the Willows. Cosgrove Hall Productions became one of Europe's most successful animation studios.
The pair's chalk-and-cheese personalities and complementary skills were a critical factor. Hall was calm and quietly spoken, with a talent for running the business and model-animation, while Cosgrove was slightly more temperamental and an expert cartoonist.
"Part of our success is that we argue like crazy, but always for the right things," Hall told the journalist Fiona McClymont in 2002. "Our roles overlap, which caused problems in the beginning. »
- Anthony Hayward
Animator worked with college friend Brian Cosgrove on much-loved TV cartoon series
Along with his college friend Brian Cosgrove, Hall formed the animation company Cosgrove Hall Productions in 1976. The company created not only Dangermouse, but also an animated version of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, along with Count Duckula, Jamie and the Magic Torch and Cockleshell Bay.
Danger Mouse was first aired in Britain on ITV in 1981 and was a huge success. The star of the series, a white mouse, was a secret agent who fought against the evil plots of the toad Greenback, with his bumbling sidekick, the hamster Penfold.
Danger Mouse sported an eyepatch and had his initials emblazoned on his chest. His residence was a postbox in »
- Hannah Godfrey
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