Rove goes from Hiro to Zero

Silly voices and jump­ing around like an idiot ... Rove Mcmanus finds a role made for him

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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.

Com­ing

Rove McManus (in­set) and scene from

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