Doodledo animation for charity tugs at heart strings

Doodledo project for Caritas Salford

Manchester animation production company Doodledo have created an animated film for a North West charity with all the production quality of a John Lewis or Marks and Spencer Christmas advert. 

The animation – – features a cast of young bee characters talking about their dreams and wishes, and what they would do if they encountered someone who didn’t have access to the things many of us take for granted. 

Local children – not actors – provided the voices to the bees and were given free rein to answer the questions and many of their answers proved extremely thought-provoking. 

The key message is that everyone deserves a chance at fulfilling their dreams and encourages people to pledge to make a small change this Christmas that could make a big difference. 

James Torry, founder of Doodledo, said: “This is our second year of supporting the Caritas Salford Advent appeal so it’s fantastic to be able to bring more characters to life, get even more creative, and hopefully make a big difference. 

“We wanted to take people back to that childhood version of themselves that believed anything was possible. And hearing these kids give their perspectives on some big societal issues reminds you how simple it can be. So we’re hoping it resonates and people will do something to help this brilliant organisation support people in our communities.”

City centre-based Doodledo has created commercial projects for blue chip clients including Brother, More Than and Bruntwood.

Patrick O’Dowd, director of Caritas Salford, said: “With so much going on in the world, from wars and climate change, to homelessness, poverty and the extreme crisis situations brought on by the cost-of-living crisis, it can sometimes feel overwhelming and hard to know how to help.

“But, we know that even the smallest of positive actions can have a huge impact.  Whether that’s a kind word to a neighbour facing isolation, a warm meal for a loved one who isn’t well, or even a smile on the morning commute, the little things can really mean a lot. Big dreams really can come from small change.”   

Caritas Salford supports people across Greater Manchester and Lancashire who are experiencing poverty, homelessness or discrimination via a wide range of community and outreach services.