In conjunction with the festive season, FOX International Channels (FIC) has enlisted a cast of multi-racial talents consisting of local A-list celebrities to voice the characters of the hit animated movie, making this the very first of its kind, which clearly represents the diversity in Malaysia as a special surprise for all.
Among them include actor and award winning singing sensation, Mohd Hafiz Bin Mohd Suip, who was also the winner of Akademi Fantasia 7, who voiced the lead character Hiccup and local songbird Sasha Saidin lent her voice to the character Astrid. Meanwhile, MIX fm announcer Prem Shanker, Astro Quest third runner-up Yuii Chan and artist Hafizudin Fadzil voiced the characters of Gobber, Valka and Stoick respectively.
In conjunction with this initiative, children from Pertubuhan Rumah Amal Cahaya Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (RACTAR) and Rumah Titian Kaseh were not only invited to an exclusive screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2, but were amongst the first to watch the movie dubbed in Bahasa Malaysia on the big screen together with the voiceover casts in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.
To add to the merriment, the children also received exclusive merchandises of the movie and were treated to a buka puasa session following the screening, courtesy of FIC.
“Ramadhan and Hari Raya are especially meaningful, with families and everyone coming together, fostering deeper communal values en route to becoming more holistic individuals. As such, the dubbing of How to Train Your Dragon 2 in Bahasa Malaysia is in support of this occasion. We are also glad that our little friends from RACTAR and Rumah Titian Kaseh could also enjoy this special screening,” said Vineet Puri, Territory Head Malaysia of FIC.
“During festive celebrations as such, there is nothing better than family and friends coming together while nurturing deeper relationships with one another. It is truly an honour for us to play our part in promoting this spirit of togetherness by doing what we do best – by delivering premium blockbusters,” he added.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an award-winning animation film and together with FIC, we’re pleased to be presenting the film in Bahasa Malaysia this Raya. Voiced by diverse Malaysian talents, this goes in line with our effort as we focus on delivering localized content of great quality to our viewers. It’s the perfect family movie during this festive month and we’re also happy to spread the Raya cheer with the children today,” said Junaidah Said Khan, Senior Assistant Vice President, English Language Business, Astro.
In conjunction with the Ramadhan Surprise Visit promotion by FOX Movies Premium (FMP), the voice-over talents also made surprise trips to their fans, followed by an up-close and personal session to break-fast together in the most joyful manner.
Throughout the Hari Raya festivity, Malaysians will also be entertained with various blockbuster movies across various channels by FIC*. *Please refer to the fact sheet for the complete list of movies.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 dubbed in Bahasa Malaysia will premiere on FOX Movies Premium and FOX Movies Premium HD (Astro channels 413 and 433) on 18 July 2015 at 8.15pm.