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Ben 10 (often referred to as Ben 10 reboot) is an American animated superhero action-comedy television series and a reboot of the Cartoon Network series of the same name.[1] 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.[2]

Ben 10
Ben 10 reboot logo.png
Genre
Created by Man of Action
Directed by
  • Nollan Obena (art)
  • John McIntyre (animation)
  • Colin Heck (supervising)
Voices of
Theme music composer Andy Sturmer
Composer(s) Kevin Manthei
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 57 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Man of Action
John Fang
Producer(s)
  • Shareena Carlson
  • John Fang (supervising producer)
Running time 11 minutes
22 minutes (specials)
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Cartoon Network
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
First shown in Australia
Original release October 1, 2016 (2016-10-01) – present (present)
Chronology
Preceded by Ben 10: Omniverse
External links
Website

On May 22, 2017, the series was renewed for a second season[3][4] which premiered in February 2018.

On March 8, 2018, the series was renewed for a third season.[5]

Contents

PlotEdit

Ten-year-old Ben Tennyson is on a summer road trip with his ten-year-old cousin Gwen and their paternal grandfather Max. When Ben comes across the Omnitrix, he uses its unique abilities to become ten different alien heroes to fight various villains and saves the day.

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • 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 powerful spellbook, the Grimoire of Arcamada, with no problem.
  • 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".

VillainsEdit

  • Vilgax (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) – Ben's nemesis who tries to take the all-powerful Omnitrix from him 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.”
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.

Voice castEdit

The casting and voice director for the series is Collette Sunderman.

MainEdit

  • Tara Strong as Ben Tennyson, 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, Fisherman, Steve, Trucker, Spider, Shock-O, Boxer, Clown #2, Lester, Guard, Mr. Billions, Tour Guide (2nd Time), Melvin, Lagrange, Lord Decibel, Karl, Azmuth

Additional voicesEdit

ProductionEdit

Cartoon Network announced on June 8, 2015 that Ben 10 was to be relaunched with a new revival television series.[2][6] On June 2016, the network began to release information about the show.[7] 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.[1] 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.[8][9]

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.[1] 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.[2] Animated by Sunmin Image Pictures and Mua Film.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedOriginally aired (U.S.)
First airedLast airedFirst airedLast aired
140October 1, 2016 (2016-10-01) (AUS)
October 8, 2016 (2016-10-08) (UK)
May 28, 2017 (2017-05-28) (UK)
November 25, 2017 (2017-11-25) (AUS)
April 10, 2017 (2017-04-10)November 22, 2017 (2017-11-22)
240October 3, 2017 (2017-10-03) (UK)
February 3, 2018 (2018-02-03) (AUS)
TBAFebruary 19, 2018 (2018-02-19)TBA
340TBATBA2019 (2019)[10]TBA

BroadcastEdit

Country Channel Premiere date Source(s)
Season 1 Season 2
  Australia Cartoon Network October 1, 2016 February 3, 2018 [11][12]
9Go! April 15, 2017 TBA [13]
Stan unknown TBA [14]
  New Zealand Cartoon Network October 1, 2016 February 3, 2018 [11][12]
TVNZ 2 April 12, 2017 TBA [13]
  Southeast Asia Cartoon Network October 1, 2016 February 24, 2018 [15][16]
  South Korea Cartoon Network TBA [17]
  Philippines Cartoon Network February 3, 2018 [18][16]
GMA Network June 2, 2018 TBA [14]
  Ireland Cartoon Network October 8, 2016 October 2, 2017 [19][20][21]
  United Kingdom Cartoon Network
CITV May 21, 2017 TBA [22]
  France Cartoon Network October 8, 2016 October 2017 [23][24]
  Japan Cartoon Network October 9, 2016 TBA [25]
  India Cartoon Network April 29, 2018 [26][27]
  Pakistan Cartoon Network TBA
  Arab World Cartoon Network (English) October 10, 2016 TBA [28]
Cartoon Network (Hindi) TBA
Cartoon Network (Arabic) October 10, 2016 (preview)
October 22, 2016 (release)
April 8, 2018 [29]
  Denmark Cartoon Network October 10, 2016 October 2017 [30][31]
  Finland
  Norway
  Sweden
  Central and Eastern Europe Cartoon Network October 23, 2017 [32][33]
  CIS and Southeastern Europe Cartoon Network [34][35]
  Netherlands Cartoon Network [36][37]
  Belgium
  Germany Cartoon Network [38][39]
  Greece Cartoon Network Star Channel
  Austria
  Switzerland
  Poland Cartoon Network [40][41]
  Sub-Saharan Africa Cartoon Network [42][43]
  Taiwan Cartoon Network TBA
  Turkey Cartoon Network October 2, 2017 [44][45]
  Portugal Cartoon Network October 15, 2016 November 18, 2017 [46][47]
  Italy Cartoon Network October 24, 2016 October 20, 2017 [48][49]
  Spain Boing March 4, 2017 November 11, 2017 [50][51]
  Canada Teletoon March 15, 2017 TBA [52]
Cartoon Network April 15, 2017 TBA
  Hispanic America Cartoon Network April 10, 2017 February 4, 2018 [53][54]
  Brazil [55][56]
  United States Cartoon Network February 19, 2018
Boomerang November 6, 2017 TBA

RatingsEdit

In the United States, the series has been viewed by 41 million viewers across multiple platforms.[57]

In the EMEA, the series has reached more than 27 million viewers.[58] 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.[59][60]

Other mediaEdit

DVDsEdit

Region 1
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

Printed mediaEdit

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.[61]

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.[62] It was released in the United States at Toys R Us in June 2017 and in all other retailers in August.[63]

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.[58] Cartoon Network has partnered with various licensing partners across the EMEA to release merchandise ranging from apparel to accessories to publishing.[64]

Video gamesEdit

A video game based on the series will be released worldwide on November 10, 2017. It was developed by Outright Games and will be 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. [65]

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.[66] The English version premiered in the UK and Ireland on October 13, 2017 and in Africa on December 23, 2017.[67][68]

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