Ben 10 (2016 TV series)
Ben 10 is an American animated superhero action-comedy television series and a reboot of the Cartoon Network series of the same name. The series had its world premiere in Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific on October 1, 2016, and premiered in the United States on April 10, 2017.
|Created by||Man of Action|
|Theme music composer||Andy Sturmer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||90 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||11 minutes|
22 minutes (specials)
44–55 minutes (season finales)
|Production company(s)||Cartoon Network Studios|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|First shown in||Australia|
|Original release||April 10, 2017 –|
|Preceded by||Ben 10: Omniverse|
On March 8, 2018, the series was renewed for a third season.
On January 10, 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth season, slated to debut sometime in 2020.
Building on the highly successful franchise about kid hero Ben Tennyson, Ben 10 introduces a re-imagined Ben, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max, as they travel the country during summer vacation. When Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different friendly aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him. The series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Generator Rex and the original four Ben 10 shows in their shared continuity), with John Fang (Mixels, Generator Rex) on board as supervising producer.
- Benjamin Kirby "Ben" Tennyson (voiced by Tara Strong) – Titular character and the ten-year-old cousin of Gwen and grandson of Max Tennyson. He is the wielder of the most powerful device in the galaxy, the Omnitrix, which can turn him into ten different extraterrestrial creatures, each possessing their own abilities and superpowers. His immaturity often gets him into trouble.
- Gwendolyn "Gwen" Tennyson (voiced by Montserrat Hernandez) – Ben's resourceful ten-year-old first cousin who uses her keen intellect and cunning to help in stopping villains. Her favorite superheroine of all time is Lucky Girl. It has not yet been confirmed if she will naturally develop powerful magical abilities, like her ten-year-old counterpart in the original show. However, in "Black Lights, Black Hearts" she was capable of resisting Michael Morningstar's life force-absorbing abilities, which clearly implies her innate magical prowess and mystical affinity. In "Story, Bored" she could cast high-level spells from the ancient and very powerful Grimoire of Arcamada with no problem. She may yet begin developing her innate magical and mystical powers in Season 3.
- Grandpa Maxwell "Max" Tennyson (voiced by David Kaye) – Ben and Gwen's paternal grandfather who is a retired member of an intergalactic organization called "the Plumbers".
- Glitch (voiced by Tara Strong) - A fusion of Ben's DNA and Upgrade's DNA. He is a mysterious heroic presence that maintained the Omnitrix from within.
- Vilgax (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) – A Chimera Sui Generis who serves as the primary antagonist of the season 1 finale "Omni-Tricked" and the general antagonist of season 2. Much like his original counterpart, Vilgax tries to take the all-powerful Omnitrix from Ben for his own evil purposes in order to take over the universe, but ends up being scarred and stranded on Earth after his humiliating defeat by Ben in “Omni-Tricked.” He is trapped in the Null Void as of "Innervasion Part 4: Mind Over Alien Matter".
- The Forever Knight (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) - A mysterious armored knight who serves as the primary antagonist of season 3. Over the course of the season, he recruits enemies of Team Tennyson to join his cause.
- Kevin Levin/Kevin 11 (voiced by Greg Cipes) - Ben's former school bully and the wielder of an Omnitrix knockoff called the AntiTrix who serves as the secondary antagonist of season 3. The AntiTrix allows him to turn into nastier versions of Ben's aliens, with a total of 11 active aliens instead of 10.
- Charmcaster/Heather (voiced by Tara Strong) - Gwen's rival and an apprentice magician who, unlike her original counterpart, is portrayed as a regular human from Earth carrying a spell book that originally belonged to Hex instead of being Hex's niece from another dimension. In season 3, she joins the Forever knight's cause.
- Maurice (voiced by John DiMaggio) – A human-headed cockroach who loves money and filth.
- Sydney (voiced by Travis Willingham) – A cockroach-headed human who is Maurice's henchman.
- Steam Smythe (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) – A Victorian-themed man with a heavy British accent that uses steampunk gadgets to attack. He hates various elements of modern-day life, and he first appears in "The Clocktopus."
- Hex (voiced by Robin Atkin Downes) – A tremendously powerful sorcerer who desires world domination. In this series, he has the miniature purple-and-gold striped spellbook (which had belonged to his niece Charmcaster in the original show and eventually falls into this incarnation's Charmcaster) and has the five mystical Charms of Bezel in his possession. At one point, he had coveted the wand of the great Merlin, but was defeated by Gwen as Lucky Girl. His magic mainly consists of bringing inanimate objects to life, levitation, and emitting bursts of dark magical energy. Unlike his original counterpart of the original show, he appears in more episodes as a recurring character.
- Dr. Animo (voiced by Dwight Schultz) – A mad scientist who desires to turn the world into a new age of evolution with his mind-controlled mutant animals.
- Zombozo (voiced by John DiMaggio) – An evil clown who commonly uses mind tricks and hypnotism for his schemes.
- Frightwig (voiced by Jessica DiCicco) – A 10-year-old girl and circus freak with long, prehensile red hair that even acts on its own at times (it even talks to her in a similar manner to Gollum from Lord of the Rings) and is very acrobatic for a girl her age.
- Acid Breath (voiced by Josh Keaton) – A circus freak who can breathe acid.
- Thumbskull (voiced by John DiMaggio) – A bald-headed hulking man with super-strength and a nail-like growth on his head.
- Lagrange (voiced by David Kaye) – An illegal racer with a heavy French accent, typically seen driving a red race car. He first appears in "Drive You Crazy."
- Billy Billions (voiced by Gunnar Sizemore) – A rich kid who loves to get his way. His weapons usually involve an assortment of high tech robots. Unlike the previous series, Billy Billions had parents who are also evil.
- Michael Morningstar (voiced by Drake Bell in "Bright Lights, Black Hearts," Yuri Lowenthal in "The Charm Offensive") – In this show, Michael Morningstar is a teen actor from Gwen's favorite TV series the "Un-Alivers" who turns out to be an energy vampire that feeds on the life force of his followers for centuries of years before being defeated by Ben. In the season 2 episode "The Charm Offensive," he gets imprisoned in Charmcaster's spell book as punishment for exploiting her.
- Lord Decibel (voiced by David Kaye) – Debuting in "Don't Let the Bass Drop," Lord Decibel is a DJ who controls sound and music and can erect a solid sound wall. He is implied to be a sadist given his demands (the people at a concert had to pay $1 billion in ten minutes or else face death), and laughs at the screams of the patrons.
- Tara Strong as Ben Tennyson, Glitch, Sally, Girl, Clown 4, Mrs. Billions, Upgrade (Gwen version), Old Lady, Amalgam Ben, Starshine, I.J. Crowling, Esther, Charmcaster, Molecular Chef
- Montserrat Hernandez as Gwen Tennyson
- David Kaye as Max Tennyson, Shock Rock, Humungousaur, Fisherman, Steve, Trucker, Spider, Shock-O, Boxer, Clown #2, Lester, Guard, Mr. Billions, Tour Guide (2nd Time), Melvin, Lagrange, Lord Decibel, Karl, Azmuth
- Dee Bradley Baker as Rath, Oliver, Napoleon (main head), Nerd #1, Nugget, Slurpstack, Tour guide (1st Time), Cadobbit, King Koil
- Greg Cipes as Stinkfly, Kevin Levin, Wreckingbolt, Thornblade, Undertow, Dark Matter, Goatadactyl, Clown #3, Kid #2, Guy, Robot Mannequin, Samurai Chef
- John DiMaggio as Four Arms, Zombozo, Magg-O-Net Monster, Glamour Man, Maurice, College Guy, Harry, Thumbskull, Phil
- Todd Haberkorn as Grey Matter, Slapback, Monster on Tablet, Tourist, Camper #2, Kevin, Tetrax
- David Hornsby as Wildvine, Sewer Chef
- Josh Keaton as XLR8, Shady Looking Dude, Ryan (1st Time), Referee, Acid Breath, SixSix, Bass Guy
- Max Mittelman as Overflow, Todd, Kid 1, J.T.
- Daryl Sabara as Heatblast, Fish, Security Guard, Camper #1
- Roger Craig Smith as Diamondhead, Forever Knight, Steam Smythe, Iron Kyle, Penny, Kyle, Bill, Napoleon (second head), Jock #2, Nerd 3, Cash, Dirty Dobs, Fanboy, Gill, Rocky
- David Sobolov as Upgrade, Guy #1
- Travis Willingham as Cannonbolt, Sydney, Ant, Arte (Clown #1), Tim Buktu, Carl, Teramite, Kraab
- Carlos Alazraqui as Chinzilla, Minitaur, Jock #1
- Ogie Banks as Ryan (2nd Time), Simon (2nd Time)
- Eric Bauza as Gust-O
- Drake Bell as Michael Morningstar (1st time)
- Jeff Bennett as Madcow, Hail-O, Wolfen Sheep, Nerd #2
- Keith David as Yawk
- Debi Derryberry as Simon (1st Time)
- Jessica DiCicco as Frightwig
- Robin Atkin Downes as Hex
- Tom Kenny as Xingo
- Yuri Lowenthal as Vilgax/Vil, Gax, Elder Ben Tennyson, Michael Morningstar (2nd time)
- Vanessa Marshall as Queen Bee, Woman
- Rob Paulsen as Bruce, Coach Keene
- Dwight Schultz as Dr. Animo
- Gunnar Sizemore as Billy Billions
- Cree Summer as Hippie Vendor, Betts McCabe
- Fred Tatasciore as High Override, Hydromander, Hydromander Adolescents, Bob, Boblins
- Anna Vocino as Nanny Nightmare
- Audrey Wasilewski as Maxine
- Collette Sunderman - Casting and Voice Director
Cartoon Network announced on June 8, 2015 that Ben 10 was to be relaunched with a new revival television series. On June 2016, the network began to release information about the show. Its sneak peek was released at the 2016 SDCC on July 21, 2016. The series had its world premiere on October 1, 2016 in Australia. On March 2017 at the Cartoon Network's 2017 upfront, it was announced that the series would premiere in the United States on April 10, 2017, and that it would be possible to watch episodes of the series on the Cartoon Network app ahead of its television premiere.
Building on the franchise about the kid hero Ben Tennyson, Ben 10 introduces a re-imagined Ben (in his 10-year-old form), his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max, as they travel the country during summer vacation. When Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, the series is created and executively produced by Man of Action, with John Fang on board as supervising producer but also as executive producer. Animated by Sunmin Image Pictures and Mua Film.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Originally aired (U.S.)|
|First aired||Last aired||First aired||Last aired|
|1||40||October 1, 2016(AUS) |
October 8, 2016 (UK)
|May 28, 2017(UK) |
November 25, 2017 (AUS)
|April 10, 2017||November 22, 2017|
|2||40||October 3, 2017(UK) |
February 3, 2018 (AUS)
|October 26, 2018(UK) |
September 29, 2018 (AUS)
|February 19, 2018||October 26, 2018|
|Special||October 8, 2018||TBA||TBA|
|3||40||January 26, 2019||TBA||February 23, 2019||TBA|
In the United States, the series has been viewed by 41 million viewers across multiple platforms.
In the EMEA, the series has reached more than 27 million viewers. It reached 1.2 million viewers and 9% of boys on CITV in the UK. It was watched by half of boys in South Africa, Romania, Spain and Portugal, more than 30% of boys in Hungary, Poland, and Sweden, and has also received high ratings in France and Italy.
|DVD title||Season(s)||Aspect ratio||Episode count||Total running time||Release date(s)|
|Season 1, Volume 1: Villain Time||1||16:9||20||220 minutes||February 13, 2018|
|season 1 volume 2: Omni-Tricked||1||16:9||20||220 minutes||Sep 18, 2018|
|season 2 volume 1:"Out to Launch"||2||16:9||18||198 minutes||Feb 12, 2019|
|DVD title||Season(s)||Aspect ratio||Episode count||Total running time||Release date(s)|
|Season 1||1||16:9||40||480 minutes||December 13, 2017|
|Season 2||2||16:9||40||480 minutes||February 20, 2019|
In October 2017, Panini UK partnered with Cartoon Network and launched a magazine for the series with an original 8 page comic strip every month written by Jason Quinn with art by Russ Leach.
Toys and merchandiseEdit
In June 2015, a toy line for the series was announced to be released in the fall of 2017 by Playmates Toys. It was released in the United States at Toys R Us in June 2017 and in all other retailers in August.
In July 2017, toys were released by Playmates Toys, with Flair distributing them in the UK and Giochi Preziosi Group releasing them everywhere else in the EMEA. Cartoon Network has partnered with various licensing partners across the EMEA to release merchandise ranging from apparel to accessories to publishing.
A video game based on the series was released worldwide on November 10, 2017 (for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One). It was developed by Outright Games and distributed by Bandai Namco in the EMEA. In the game, players discover aliens and use them to help Ben defeat three of his greatest enemies: Zombozo, Queen Bee, and the Weather Heads. 
Ben 10 ChallengeEdit
Ben 10 Challenge is a live-action game show produced by the Spanish production company La Competencia Productions in Madrid for Turner EMEA. It follows two teams of people who compete in challenges and get tested on their Ben 10 knowledge. Versions were created for France, Germany, Italy, the Middle East, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and the UK. The English version premiered in the UK and Ireland on October 13, 2017 and in Africa on December 23, 2017.
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