Friday, November 27, 2009

It's Hero Time - Get ready to be swarmed by Aliens

Shuhaidah Saharani
Thursday, November 26th, 2009 08:12:00

TO say that the Ben 10 franchise is 'huge' is probably an understatement.
It's more like a revolutionary series that influence a whole generation of kids. And the series will reach new heights with Ben 10: Alien Swarm, an all-new live action movie based on the hit animation series, premiering Nov 28 at 6pm, only on Cartoon Network (Astro 616).

This second live-action movie based on Ben 10: Alien Force cranks up the action when teenage hero Ben Tennyson (Ryan Kelley) breaks ranks from the Plumbers (a secret organisation that battles alien forces) to help a girl named Elena (Alyssa Diaz) uncover an alien threat to the world.

Joining Ben on his adventures are Gwen (Galadriel Stineman) and Kevin (Nathan Keyes), super-powered heroes in their own right, who must trust each other's instincts to help save the day.

And now, for kids here who love to watch their heroes in a more familiar language, Ben 10: Alien Swarm is also available in Bahasa Melayu!

Akademi Fantasia 7 champion, Mohd Hafiz Mohd Suip (Hafiz AF7) is lending his voice to the superhero character, Ben Tennyson, especially for fans in Malaysia.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of Ben 10: Alien Swarm, as the Ben 10: Alien Force series is such a global phenomenon," he said recently.

"Being a superhero is every kid's dream and I’m happy to make Ben 10: Alien Swarm available to all Malaysian viewers in Bahasa Melayu, who will be tuning in on premiere night."

Despite not having had any prior voice over experience, Hafiz delivered like a pro, taking only two hours to complete his recording session.

"It's not as easy as it seems," Hafiz continued. "I was lucky in a sense that I didn't really have to follow Ben's voice. Although I was given the freedom to act and talk naturally, I still had some problems, especially with the intonations and pronunciations to say certain words and make them sound natural. Like 'Alien Nano Mechanism' and the aliens' names."

Hafiz admitted that he needed help 'being' Ben. "To really get into character, I even requested to wear Ben's signature green leather jacket."

Hafiz also wished that he could truly have Ben's gifts. "If God gave me a superpower, I'd use it to help mankind and make sure that they know I'm a superhero from Malaysia!

"But if I can ask for any superpower, I want to be able to teleport, just like in the movie Jumper. That’d be so cool."

As of now, we all know that Hafiz's super ability is singing. He recently released his debut Masih Jelas, which is currently enjoying lots of radio airplay.

Not only that, he also sang the theme song for Sehati Berdansa, the Dancing with the Stars equivalent in Malaysia.

"I hope all my fans out there will enjoy watching Ben 10 in Bahasa Melayu, as much as I enjoyed lending my voice to it."

Ben 10 Goodies Giveaway!

Kids, parents and fans of all ages, join Ben 10 in style with Ben 10: Alien Swarm premium party kits, available for download at

To add more joy to your experience, we are giving away Ben 10 goodies! All you have to do is answer the following questions correctly, fill in your particulars and mail it to the address given before Dec 1.

The grand prize winner will get a Limited Edition Pleather Jacket and a Limited Edition Omnitrix Illuminator.

TWO first prize winners will bring home a Limited Edition Alien Swarm Movie Set and a Limited Edition Omnitrix Illuminator, while THREE second prize winners will receive the Limited Edition Omnitrix.

Winners of the consolation prize will get Ben 10 Limited Edition Simple Pouch each.


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