Cape Town - Beloved animated character Maya the Bee and friends will be making their big screen debut in South Africa in 3 languages, in 3D on 18 September.
The inhabitants of the hive get local voices in Afrikaans and isiZulu, with the international cast providing English voices.
A host of talented local actors have lent their voices to the film, and were delighted to be able to give a local spin to characters generations of South Africans grew up with, thanks to television broadcasts of the original animated series.
Christine Voorendyk voices Maya in Afrikaans, while Sylvia Kgoadi does the same, in Zulu.
The rest of the cast features a host of talented local actors, including: Leandie du Randt and Jessie Palmer (Juffrou Cassandra / Miss Cassandra); Elma Potgieter and Gcina Mkhize (Royal Advisor); Franci Swanepoel (Spies); Karen Wessels and Bonginkosi Buthelezi (Willie); Magda van Biljon and Cindy Dlatu (The Queen); Lochner de Kock and Philip Mathebula (Kriewel / Crawley); Richard van der Westhuizen and Moses Zimu (Flip) and Francois Stemmet and Hamilton Dlamini (Henk / Hank).
Maya the Bee was created over 100 years ago and brought to life in print and on the small screen in a popular animated series. The big-screen adventure, follows Maya, a young bee who leaves the hive and embarks on a new adventure to discover the beauty and mysteries of nature.
The local dubbing was overseen by Presto Post, with dubbing direction by Aubrey Madlala (Zulu) and Rina Nienaber (Afrikaans). Maya The Bee is distributed by Black Sheep Films and will be available in 2D and 3D at cinemas across South Africa on 18 September 2015, available in all three languages on DStv’s ‘Box Office’ on 4 December and will be broadcast on M-Net Movies Family (English), Mzansi Magic (isiZulu) and kykNET (Afrikaans) early in 2016.
Watch the trailer here:
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