Animation greats come to Waterside, Sale this November for ‘Materials In Motion’ symposium!

Photos by Jason Lock Photography © Cosgrove Hall Films Archive, 2019

Creative Industries Trafford (CIT) and Waterside, Sale have today announced an exciting season of events focused on animation, stop motion and the work of Manchester’s legendary Cosgrove Hall Films, creators of Dangermouse, The Wind In The Willows and Chorlton & The Wheelies.



Materials In Motion is a two-day symposium, delivered by CIT and Manchester Animation Festival, that brings together a roster of international, award-winning speakers to Waterside. Running from Friday 1 to Saturday 2 November, the event will include speakers from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the renowned Annecy Animation Festival to explore how animation archives can be saved for future generations. 

On Saturday 2 November, CIT’s Puppet Masters Animation Conference welcomes leading figures from the worlds of animation, puppetry and voice-acting to Waterside including: screenwriter and voice actor Brian Trueman (Chorlton & The Wheelies, Wind In The Willows, Dangermouse), Francesca Maxwell (art director, ParaNorman & The Fantastic Mr Fox), Phil Chalk (BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning animation company Factory Create, makers of The Clangers) and animation director Jo Chalkley (Cosgrove Hall Films and Aardman Animations). The event features masterclass talks and in-conversation discussions with each speaker giving insights into their work and inspirations during what’s sure to be a fascinating afternoon.



Waterside is home to the Cosgrove Hall Films Archive and in the build up to a new exhibition, there will be a sneak peak of rarely seen puppets and props from The Wind In The Willows (1984 – 88), which was been donated to the archive earlier in 2019 after being thought lost for several decades.

The Cosgrove Hall: Frame By Frame exhibition runs from Thursday 14 November 2019 to Saturday 4 January 2020 and takes audiences right back to the basics of animation detailing the processes behind some of the best loved children’s animation. The exhibition breaks down the most complex Cosgrove Hall series, such as The Wind in the Willows, looking at the finer details of production, with original puppets, costumes, production material and inside stories.


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