Mark Hall (1937 – 2011): Co-Creator Of Danger Mouse


Sad news this morning. Mark Hall who was the Co-Creator of Danger Mouse and Count Duckula (Seen between the two characters up above) has passed away at 74, due to cancer.

Along with his fellow producer, Brian Cosgrove, the two created Chorlton & The Wheelies a stop-motion BBC television series that dealt with a Dragon of Happiness named Chorlton that befriended the Wheelies and aided them in fighting the evil Fenella, the kettle witch.

It was however in 1981 that the animation company then known as Cosgrove Hall created one of the greatest animated series of all time, Danger Mouse. It ran for a total of 89 episodes over 11 years. We here in the states of course were introduced to that eyepatch wearing Mouse of Danger and his cowardly sidekick Penfold thanks to Nickelodeon.

The Danger Mouse series was a hit in England as well as here in the states due to its metahumor and that popularity led to the spin off series, Count Duckula.

Thank you to The A.V. Club for the heads up on this sad story and to the Manchester Evening News for the photo up top. Thanks also go to Andie6666, Mega Toon World, and Cartoon Intro for the animated openings posted on YouTube.

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “Mark Hall (1937 – 2011): Co-Creator Of Danger Mouse

  1. Julian says:

    Truly very sad. Not sure if this made it to the US but here is one of my favourite Cosgrove Hall productions – the Pied Piper of Hamlin. Wonderfulness – especially the ending

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