Mark Hall


LONDON (AP) - Mark Hall, who created much loved British children's animations including DangerMouse and Jamie and his Magic Torch, has died. He was 75.

His son Simon Hall said Friday his father died overnight in his family home in the northern city of Manchester after a short illness.

Hall worked closely with his college friend Brian Cosgrove. The two met at Manchester's Regional College of Art in the 1950s and worked as graphic designers for the television channel Granada TV in the 1960s. They formed their own animation company Cosgrove Hall Productions in 1976 and went on to create a series of magical, often surreal cartoons.

Their best known creation was "DangerMouse" - a cartoon secret agent mouse that first appeared on television in the 1980s with his sidekick hamster Penfold. The show attracted 19 million viewers at its peak.

They also created "Jamie and his Magic Torch" cartoons about a boy whose torch takes him to fantasy lands after bedtime. They also produced an animated version of Kenneth Grahame's book "Wind in the Willows," about riverside animals including Rat, Mole and Toad of Toad Hall.

Hall and Cosgrove retired in 2000, but had recently reformed their animation company under the name Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment and had planned to produce new animation.

"Mark was one of life's real gentlemen and it's wonderful he got to see his company reborn," said Adrian Wilkins, who is operations director at Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment. Wilkins said Hall's son Simon will continue his father's work.

Hall is survived by his wife and two children.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

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"Thank you for the all animation including Animal Shelf" Our condolences to Mr Mark Hall And his entire family & British-/friends.
Pedri Animation, The Netherlands.

a legend for this cartoon may you r.i.p. but respected.

I am sorry for the family's loss. God is near to those "broken at heart" & at this time God can be near to you & help your family to cope with this difficult loss. Again, my condolences.

May God's peace that excels all thought comfort you during this difficult time.

Thank you for the animation :)
Our condolences to Mr Mark Hall
And his entire family & British-/friends

So sorry to hear of Mark Hall passing. My prayers are for his family and friends during this sad time. Draw close to God and He will draw close to at this sad time.

I would like to offer my condolences to the children of Mark Hall for the loss of their father.

Thank you, Mark, for creating Dangermouse.

Rest In Peace, Mark Hall.

so sad, we miss you already....

Your faithful Dangermouse fan of yesteryear...

At the end of each life is a legacy of love.. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. As the days and weeks pass and as you return to life routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of God, family and friend James 4:8 Draw close to God and he will draw close to you