|Bryan Adams to Voice “Jock” in Jock of the Bushveld|
|Tuesday, 28 June 2011 03:15|
It's usually his music that lights up audiences, but next month Canadian rocker Bryan Adams will be growling and sniffing for applause.
Video: Jock of the Bushveld - Trailer
The 51-year-old is the voice of the lead character in the 3-D movie, Jock of the Bushveld. He said this week he was delighted to have joined the "animal kingdom".
"Bryan Adams has gone to the dogs. Brilliant, amazing," he said during a telephone interview on Friday.
He landed the role after a meeting with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu - who plays the role of spiritual advisor, Tata, in the film - and now has a copy of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick's classic novel on his book shelf.
"It is a beautiful story. It reminded me of how fun dogs are," said Adams.
Speaking of the spirit of Jock, he said: "He looks at everything on the bright side. No matter what the obstacle, he is always looking at the best way to make it work."
Another dog who's looking on the bright side is Maximus, a cross breed from Bronkhorstspruit, outside Pretoria . The four-and-a-half-year-old was brought to the Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, this year with his nose and part of his upper jaw missing after what was thought to be a panga attack.
Debbie Herselman, the organisation's general manager, took him to veterinary surgeon Dr Gerhard Steenkamp at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute in Pretoria.
''We do see nose trauma in dogs but never to an extent that I saw in Maximus," said Steenkamp.
As part of the preparatory work, the University of Pretoria took scans to determine the extent of the injuries.
During the operation, performed on May 24, Maximus had titanium plates fitted in place of his nose. His skin was stretched to stabilise his face and make him whole again.
''He is beauty and the beast all in one," Herselman said.
Since the operation, Maximus has turned into a "happy dog". "We are quite confident that he is going to lead a normal life," Herselman said.
Credit(s): Mantombi Makhubele, Times Live (Article), Jock Animation Newsletter (Photo)