Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Speaking for Ben

Ben 10 live on stage in KL
by S. Indra Sathiabalan

Come Nov 28 at 6pm, Cartoon Network viewers in 250 million homes across 166 countries will be celebrating the premiere of live-action movie Ben 10 Alien Swarm on the small screen.
The movie, directed and produced by Alex Winter, chronicles the adventures of the famous alien-morphing boy hero, Ben Tennyson.

There will also be a Malay version of the movie and voicing the superhero is Mohd Hafiz Mohd Suip (left), winner of Akademi Fantasia 7.

Ben 10 Alien Swarm, which is based on the hugely-popular Ben 10 animated series, is about Ben (Ryan Kelley) who breaks ranks from the Plumbers ( a secret organisation that battles alien forces) to help Elena (Alyssa Diaz), a mysterious young woman, uncover an alien threat.

Of course, his super-powered cousin Gwen (Galadriel Stineman) and side-kick Ken (Nathan Keyes) are on hand to help them.

Hafiz said in an interview that he was thrilled to be given a chance to dub the voice of the hero of the movie.

"I’m really excited because this character is really popular among kids. So when I was given the opportunity, I took it."

He said his nephews were a key reason he took up the job. "They love Ben 10 and it is because of them I became interested in the character and the cartoon series.

"As research, I watched some of the episodes of the cartoon," he said, adding that he has not informed them yet that he is the voice behind Ben in the Malay-version of the movie.
"I know they’ll be surprised I was involved."

Hafiz also cannot wait to show off his green Ben 10 jacket.

The dubbing process took him two days, he added.

And to fans of the series who are looking forward to the movie, Hafiz has this to say: "It’s hero time!"

Meanwhile, Cartoon Network in a statement said that over 60 million households across Asia have been invited to host their own Ben 10 Alien Swarm premiere parties on Nov 28, with some help from premium party kits available through local and regional Cartoon Network websites.

Malaysians interested in getting the party kits can log on to
Ben 10 Alien Swarm will premiere on cartoon Network (Astro Channel 616) on Nov 28 at 6pm.
Ben 10 live on stage in KLSuperhero Ben and his gang from Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 series and Ben 10 Alien Force live action movie are coming to Kuala Lumpur for a live stage show entitled Cartoon Network Live on Stage! Power of the Omnitrix.

The show, described by Cartoon Network as a dazzling theatre extravaganza, will be held at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, from Nov 27 to Nov 29.

David Harrison (above), 19, plays the iconic Ben Tennyson while Khali Grimshaw appears as Gwen, Paul Holmes as Grandpa and Alex Osmond as Kevin. The show is produced by Cartoon Network and Millennium Entertainment International Live and brought to Kuala Lumpur by Asiapromote Ventures Sdn Bhd.

To win passes for this show, tune in to radio stations MIX fm and Sinar fm. For more information, call 03-7955 9995 or log on to

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