18 December 2023

Farrah from Bristol voices Brooke animation

Farrah Allen-Burnett, aged 11 and from Fishponds in Bristol, has provided the voiceover for a Christmas animation produced for the charity Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys. The animation, called The Christmas Wishlist, was created by an independent Bristol based studio Wonky Films and aims to raise awareness of the charity’s work in a fun and festive way.

Farrah was selected by Brooke out of several young voices provided by Wonky Films. She learnt about the opportunity through attending The Big Act stage drama school, and this was her first ever voice over. Farrah said:

“It was really fun recording the script and going into the studio was like being in the films. I was nervous at first – I didn’t want to mess it up! But it was a really good experience and I’d like to do it more. It’s very strange watching the finished video afterwards because I couldn’t believe it was my voice.”  

a still from the animation showing a horse, donkey and mule in a shelter, with a girl running through with a kite

The one-minute animation features Dorothy, a girl writing her Christmas list with the help of Dinky Donkey, Harry the Horse and Molly the Mule. As Dorothy’s list progresses, it is revealed that these presents are not for her, but the animals instead. It was created by Wonky Films, based in Hotwells. Miki Cash, Creative Director said: 

"We always love working with Brooke and were pleased to be able to include a Bristol based voice this year. Farrah was very professional and did a wonderful job.”

Brooke is a U.K. based international charity specialising in working horse, donkey and mule welfare in developing countries.

Jamie Whear, Media and Content Manager at Brooke said:

“This is the third Christmas animation that Wonky has made for us and the second one featuring the girl, Dorothy. This year we wanted to give her a voice, and when we heard Farrah’s test recording we thought she was just perfect. Farrah has helped us reach thousands of people already, spreading our message of hope for working horses and donkeys around the world. We’re very grateful!”

You can watch the animation on Brooke’s Facebook, Instagram, or on YouTube.