When you think of animation, particularly hand drawn or using three dimensional, stop frame models, aside from Aardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run), you tend to associate it with companies across the pond, such as Disney and Pixar.
It may come to surprise you that Britain has contributed a lot more to the animation world than you might expect. It's also a bigger surprise that many of the cartoons we know and love, were produced in the North of England as opposed to London.
I'm talking about Cosgrove Hall, who provided us with the likes of Noddy, Danger Mouse and Count Duckula (to name but a few).
There is a wonderful, although woefully small, exhibition of models and production artwork currently showing at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale (literally opposite the tram stop Sale, with frequent links into central Manchester).
Not only will you come across cartoons that you remember vividly but you'll also rediscover shows that have slipped your mind over the last few decades.
Open Monday – Saturday, 10:00-17:00
Runs until Saturday 17th February
I also attended the Pupper Masters Conference at the Arts Centre, read about that HERE
Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie