This week, Kingston-born singer/songwriter Bryan Adams attended the premiere of “Jock of the Bushveld” in Johannesburg, South Africa.
It is the country’s first feature-length 3D animated movie and stars Adams as the voice of the title character, with other voices provided by South African celebrities as well as Hollywood stars that included Helen Hunt, Ted Danson, and fellow Canadian Donald Sutherland.
The film’s premiere took place on Tuesday at Montecasino‘s Il Grande in Johannesburg, followed over the next two days in Durban and Cape Town before opening in theaters nationwide on July 29.
Proceeds from the premiere were donated to the Rhino Action Group (RAGe), a charity aimed to eliminate Rhino poaching in Southern Africa, and the movie was followed by a VIP after-party where original sketches from the movie were auctioned.
Bryan Adams posted on his Twitter account when he was at the Johannesburg premiere, and answered questions from fans that revealed another actor voiced his character ‘Jock’ as a puppy, and he doesn’t believe there is a deal yet to distribute the film’s soundtrack.
“Jock of the Bushveld” executives also have plans to meet with studios in Los Angeles soon to discuss international distribution of the film.
“There’s a great deal of interest, but international distributors want to watch the full-length movie first.” said Andy Rice – head of marketing for the movie – according to Times Live. “We are confident it will go beyond our borders.”
“Jock of the Bushveld” is a true story by South African author Sir Percy Fitzpatrick that recounts his adventures in the 1880s with his dog, Jock, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier as he traveled and worked in the Bushveld region of South Africa.
Fitzpatrick initially used these tales as bedtime stories for his four children, sometimes with his good friend Rudyard Kipling taking part. Kipling, the most famous poet and writer, eventually convinced his friend to publish the adventures in a book.