Rove goes from Hiro to Zero
Silly voices and jumping around like an idiot ... Rove Mcmanus finds a role made for him
ROVE McManus is the lead voice actor on a new animation television movie and the first local production commissioned by pay TV’s kids channel Cartoon Network. Exchange Student Zero follows the adventures of John and Max, two school friends obsessed with a fantasy card game called Battle Day Zero.
Inadvertently, they bring one of the game’s characters, Hiro, to life.
Hiro is passed off for an exchange student at school so his peculiarities are somewhat overlooked while John and Max figure out how to get him home.
That is until the game that brought Hiro pours even more exotic creatures into the sleepy little Perth town. Life will never be the same.
McManus voices five characters in the 70-minute movies – school friends John and Max, as well as Hiro, The Prince of Karuta, an anime character from within a card game, brought to life and passed off as an exchange student at school by John and Max.
‘‘Being part of an animation project like this is pure joy for me,’’ says McManus.
‘‘Not only because I am such a fan of the art form but also there is no greater pleasure than jumping up and down like an idiot and making silly voices for a day. It’s funny how the stuff that used to get me in trouble at school can now get me a job on a really cool show.’’
The series features voices by Star Wars favourite Mark Hamill and Marg Downey and Peter Rowsthorn from Kath & Kimderella.
The 70-minute animated film produced by Bogan Entertainment, debuts in tandem with a new fantasy card game, Battle Day Zero, which will be made available through the network’s website.
It debuts on December 16.
soon: Cartoon Network.
Rove McManus (inset) and scene from