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Essay On Cartoon Character Ben 10

Ben 10 is an animated TV series and media franchise created by Man of Action Studios and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The franchise revolves around a boy named Ben Tennyson who acquires a watch-like alien device (the Omnitrix) which allows the wearer to transform into ten different alien creatures. The Ben 10 franchise has received wide critical acclaim, winning three Emmy Awards. Worldwide it has grossed over $4.5 billion in retail sales.[1][2] The franchise consists primarily of five television series and four movies, the latter of which aired between August 2007 and March 2012. Spanning twelve years, it is Cartoon Network's longest-running franchise to date.

Series[edit]

Original series[edit]

Main article: Ben 10 (2005 TV series)

Original airdate: December 27, 2005 - April 15, 2008

Overall episode numbers: 1-52 (with Secret of the Omnitrix designated as episodes 44-46 in Cartoon Network airing order, 40-42 for the production or chronological order and 49-51 for the official order of the series)

Alien Force[edit]

Main article: Ben 10: Alien Force

The series begins five years after the summer vacation when Ben discovered the Omnitrix. It has been removed by Ben of unknown... reasons. A teenage Ben regains the Omnitrix while searching for his grandfather, who was abducted by a xenophobic alien species called the Highbreeds, along with the DNA Aliens at their command, are determined to cleanse the Earth of human beings. Ben's age causes the Omnitrix to reboot itself, granting him access to a new set of alien forms along with a few of his previous forms. Ben is joined in his search by his cousin Gwen and former enemy, Kevin Levin, as they fight the Highbreed's universal extermination plan. Later on in the series, Ben yet again goes face to face with villains from his past.

Original air date: April 18, 2008 - March 26, 2010

Overall episode numbers: 52 -98

Ultimate Alien[edit]

Main article: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

After Ben's last battle with Vilgax which resulted in the destruction of the Omnitrix, Ben replaces it with the new Ultimatrix that allows him to evolve his alien forms into their ultimate forms. With the recent disclosure of his identity, Ben has become a worldwide celebrity. Meanwhile, Ben, Gwen, and Kevin must stop an Osmosian villain named Aggregor, who hunts new aliens from the Andromeda galaxy, and intends to use their powers to achieve the "ultimate prize". Later, Ben, Gwen, and Kevin have to prevent the release of an extra dimensional entity called Diagon and prevent him from taking over the universe.The last episode of this series also featured Ultimate Way Big.

Original air date: April 23, 2010 - March 31, 2012

Overall episode numbers: 99-150

Omniverse[edit]

Main article: Ben 10: Omniverse

After Ultimate Alien, Ben acquires a new powerful, perfect Omnitrix that allows him to gain access to a new set of alien forms along with all the forms he has assumed prior. After Gwen goes away to college with Kevin accompanying her, Ben pairs up with a by-the-book rookie plumber, Rook Blonko. Rook is an intelligent and talented expert fighter plumber from the planet Revonnah. He is targeted by an intergalactic huntsman named Khyber, who made a copy of the Omnitrix (which he called the Nemetrix) with the help of mad scientist Dr. Psycobos. Both of them are working with an enemy from Ben's past, a mutated Galvanic Mechamorph named Malware. Ben later contends with the Incurseans, Albedo, Zs'Skayr, Dr. Psycobos, Charmcaster, the Plumber's Black-Ops Unit (called the "Rooters"), his alternate dimension self (the warlord, Mad Ben), and a Time War with Maltruant.

Original air date: August 1, 2012 - November 14, 2014

Overall episode numbers: 151-230

Reboot[edit]

Main article: Ben 10 (2016 TV series)

The official Twitter feed of Cartoon Network PR[3] confirmed a rebooted series that would return to following the adventures of Ben, Gwen, and Max Tennyson, but would also feature new additional alien forms from the Omnitrix. In mid-June 2016, Cartoon Network released the first poster for the series, in which ten of the most popular aliens from the franchise were featured. The series would premiere on international Cartoon Networks beginning in October 2016, with the Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & African versions, and continuing into 2017 with the North and Latin American versions.[1]

The world premiere was on Cartoon Network (Australia), airing on October 1, 2016.[5] The U.K network premiered the series on October 8, 2016.[6] The German Cartoon Network premiered the first two episodes on October 10, 2016.[7] The series premiered in the United States on April 10, 2017.

Original International air date: October 2016 - Present

Original U.S. air date: April 10, 2017 - Present

Overall episode numbers: 231-310

Cast[edit]

Voice actors for the shows[edit]

Main articles: Ben 10 (2005 TV series) § Cast, Ben 10: Alien Force § Cast, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien § Cast, Ben 10: Omniverse § Cast, and Ben 10 (2016 TV series) § Cast

  • Tara Strong as Ben Tennyson (4, 5, 10, 11-year-old and toddler), Ben 23, Albedo (11-year-old Human form), Upgrade (10 and 11-year-old), Techno-Bubble, Buzzshock, Blitzwolfer, Wildmutt (Dream), Pesky Dust, Nighty Knight, Amalgam Ben, Diamondhead (Gwen), Upgrade (Gwen), Kenny Tennyson, Future Gwen, Edith, Lucy Mann, Mrs. Fang, Sandra Tennyson, Attea, Serena, Pakmar, Mad Pakmar, Agent Swift, Molly Gunther, ML-E, ML-E’s Mother, Natalie Alvarez, Mazuma, She-Worst, Y-it, Fergi, Private Brownbag, Rook Shim, Duffy, Sally, Computer Voice, Mrs. Rheault, Mrs. Billions, Dust Bunny, Unnamed Blue Alien/Scientist
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Ben Tennyson (15 and 16-year-old), Albedo (15 and 16-year-old Human form), Eon, No Watch Ben, Mad Ben, Bad Ben, Benzarro, Nega Ben, Anur-Mirrored Ben, Alien X, AmpFibian, XLR8, Speedyquick, Upgrade (16-year-old), Feedback, Walkatrout, Pesky Dust, Mole-Stache, The Worst, Kickin Hawk, Omnitrix, Ultimatrix, Brad, Jeff, Orb, Kenko, J.T., Carl Tennyson, Buzz, Pink-Worst, Green-Worst, N-8, Julius, Lieutenant Rana, Herve, Lieutenant Steel, Computer Voice, Sumo Slammer
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Wildmutt, Ultimate Wildmutt, Stinkfly, Stink Arms, Big Bug, Eye Guy, Spitter, Swampfire, Ultimate Swampfire, Echo Echo, Ultimate Echo Echo, Humungousaur, Ultimate Humungousaur, Jetray, Big Chill, Ultimate Big Chill, Freezeghost, Chromastone, Brainstorm, Spidermonkey, Ultimate Spidermonkey, Goop, Cannonbolt, Ultimate Cannonbolt, Upchuck, Way Big, Ultimate Way Big, Lodestar, Diamondhead, Nanomech, Water Hazard, AmpFibian, Armodrillo, Terraspin, NRG, Heatblast, Four Arms (16-year-old), ChamAlien, Eatle, Fasttrack, Clockwork, Jury Rigg, Crashhopper, Crashocker, Wildvine, The Worst, Astrodactyl, Cash Murray, Drone, Mutant Cockatiel, Sixsix, Limax, Acid Breath, Joe, Amazing Alan, Scooter, Elsgood (Old), Mr. Zu, Joel Tennyson, Carl Tennyson, Gluto, Psyphon, Sevenseven, Dravek, Dasypodidate, Rodilia Dentia, Xenocyte, Tiny, Tiny's Mother, Ssserpent, Pyroxivor, Decka, Bailiff, Mr. Smoothy Mascot, Naljian Destructor, Zaw-Veenull, Tiffan, Commander Sangfroid, Stone Creatures, Sugilite, Bioids, Bivalvan, Andreas, P'andor, Ra'ad, Yeti, Geochelone Aerio, Computron, Cerberus, Blowfish, Pallorfang, Scrutin, Sentinel, Barry, Harvey Hackett, Plant Alien, Sir Reginald, Lucubra, Trumbipulor.
  • Meagan Smith as Gwen Tennyson (10-year-old)
  • Ashley Johnson as Gwen Tennyson (11, 15 and 16-year-old), Future Gwen, Gwen 10, Diamondhead (Gwen), Clockwork (Gwen), Humungousaur (Gwen), Upchuck (Gwen), Rath (Gwen), XLR8 (Gwen), Wildvine (Gwen), Carol Smith, Cicely, Mother, Sunny, Mrs. Rozum, Margie
  • Montserrat Hernandez as Gwen Tennyson (10-year-old and toddler), Four Arms (Gwen), Dana
  • Paul Eiding as Max Tennyson (54, 59-60, 60-61, 64-65 and 65-66-year-old), Future Max, Upgrade (Max), Ultimate Spidermonkey, Zed, Lukik, Moldywarp, Ishiyama, Highbreed, Highbreed, Blukic, Liam, Bailiff, Hoodlum, Seasoned Pro, Firey Buddy, Moe, Serf, Colonel
  • Greg Cipes as Kevin Levin (11, 12, 16 and 17-year old), Future Kevin, Stinkfly, Jetray (Kevin), Wildmutt (Gwen), Way Big (Gwen), Nanomech (Kevin), AmpFibian (Kevin), Aggrebot, Grick
  • Bumper Robinson as Rook Blonko, Future Rook, Mad Rook, Bloxx, Terraspin, Ball Weevil, Smoothy Vendor, Corvo, Magister Arnux, Alan Albright, N-D, Elliot, Techadon Robots, Crujo, Professor Aniceto
  • Steve Blum as Heatblast, Ghostfreak, Heat Jaws, Vilgax, Future Vilgax, Zs’Skayr, Four Arms (4-year-old), Roger, Bob, Steve Cummings, Mr. Mann, Edward White, Hobble, Helena Xagliv, Adwaita, Mino-Toga, Drone, Pa Vreedle, Thaddeus J. Collins, Bill Gacks, Ectonurite Twins, Regis.
  • Jim Ward as Diamondhead, XLR8, Wildvine, Diamond Matter, Jack, Gordon Tennyson, Mr. Beck.
  • John DiMaggio as Rath, Ultimate Rath, Four Arms (10, 11, 16-year-old and toddler), Handy Man, Armodrillo, Toolboxx, Humungousaur, Dino-Mighty, Ultimate Humungousaur, Humungoopsaur, Bullfrag, Atomix, Whampire, Galapagus, Vulkanus, Baron Highway, Octagon Vreedle, Judge Domstol, Ragnorak, Doug, Aggregor, Ultimate Aggregor, Will Harangue, Mad Harangue, Colonel Rozum, Zombozo, Adwaita, Spellbinder, Magister Coronach, Conduit Edwards, Swamps, Garage Monster, Centur Squaar, Diagon, Aggrebot, Piscciss Volann Commander, Bobo Haha, Bubble Helmet, Madison's Father.
  • Eric Bauza as Diamondhead, Grey Matter, Brainfrog, Eatle, Ultimate Arctiguana, Freezelizard, Ripjaws, Way Big, Upchuck, Vomit Man, Big Chuck, Buzzshock, Toepick, Chromastone, Driba, Dr. Psychobos, Albedo (Galvan form), Ultimate Albedo, Fistrick, Megawhatts, Pax, Solid Plugg, Bellicus, Commander Raff, Trumbipulor, Rook Da, Cooper Daniels, Contemelia, Lackno, Sergeant Cast Iron, Mechaneer, Poltroon, Jerry, Pretty Boy Vreedle, Dodecahedron Vreedle, Gust-O.
  • David Kaye as Shocksquatch, Electricyeti, Cannonbolt, Rollaway, Heatblast, Gravattack, Ultimate Gravattack, Frankenstrike, Lightning Volt, Mole-Stache, Unitaur, Slapstrike, Max Tennyson, Khyber, Skurd, Exo-Skull, Sunder, Gar Red Wind, Deefus Veeblepister, Malice, Thumbskull, Lord Transyl, Bouncer, Joseph Chadwick, Steve, Shock-O, Foreman, Merlin, Forgeti.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Snare-oh, Blitzwolfer, Highbreed Commander, Sheriff Mason, Milleous, Sir Morton, Battle Mode Ship, Magister Pyke, Kwarrel, Sergeant Cookmeister, Sweet-Eels Sparklefunk, Walt, Ujin.
  • Richard McGonagle as Four Arms (10-year-old), Dr. Kelly, Gladiator, Exo-Skull, President, Reinrassic III, General Groff, Highbreed Supreme.
  • Fred Tatasciore as Ripjaws, Cannonbolt, Way Big, Evil Way Big, Krakken, Duane, Bug-Lite, Dr. Doomacus, Mycelium, Coach Finn, Squire, Hammer, Surgeon, Quince, Strabismus, Hydromander.

Cast for the movies[edit]

Main articles: Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix § Cast, Ben 10: Race Against Time § Cast, Ben 10: Alien Swarm § Cast, and Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens § Cast

Characters[edit]

Main articles: List of Ben 10 characters and List of Ben 10 villains

Statistics[edit]

Episodes and seasons[edit]

Main articles: List of Ben 10 episodes, List of Ben 10: Alien Force episodes, List of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episodes, List of Ben 10: Omniverse episodes, and List of Ben 10 (2016 TV series) episodes

SeriesNumber of seasons
Original series4
Ben 10: Alien Force3
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien3
Ben 10: Omniverse8
Reboot3
Total21
StatusNumber of episodes
Aired290
Unaired20
Total310
StatusNumber of episodes
Named300
Unnamed10
Total310
ContinuityNumber of episodes
Original230
Reboot80
Total310

Having 310 episodes and 21 seasons, the franchise as a whole is the most number of episodes and seasons on all Cartoon Network original series.

Other media[edit]

MediaNumber
Shorts40
Films4
TV specials1

Films[edit]

Secret of the Omnitrix[edit]

Main article: Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix

The first film is a regular animated feature called Secret of the Omnitrix. A trailer of the film was released with the film, Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen, and it aired August 10, 2007. The main plot was that, during a fight with Dr. Animo, Ben's Omnitrix accidentally sets off its self-destruct mode and Ben has to find the Omnitrix's creator to shut it down and stop the evil Vilgax.

Race Against Time[edit]

Main article: Ben 10: Race Against Time

The second is a live-action film titled Ben 10: Race Against Time,[8] which aired November 21, 2007. It revolves around Ben, Gwen, and Grandpa Max returning to their hometown of Bellwood and attempting to adjust to being "normal" again. Unfortunately, their lives are once again disrupted by a mysterious alien known as Eon who has an unexpected connection to the Omnitrix. It premiered on Cartoon Network on November 21, 2007. The film was directed by Alex Winter.[9] The film was nominated for two Visual Effects Society Awards: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special – Dina Benadon, Evan Jacobs, Brent Young, Chris Christman; and Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial – Brent Young, Michael Smith.[10]

Alien Swarm[edit]

Main article: Ben 10: Alien Swarm

The third is a live-action film titled Ben 10: Alien Swarm which aired November 25, 2009. It is about Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Grandpa Max. In the movie the group stumbles upon a hive of alien nanobots using humans as host bodies in order to take over the world. The Nanochips, or "alien swarm", are controlled by a single consciousness. Ben and his friends work together to stop them. This movie is also when Ben unlocks Nanomech.

Destroy All Aliens[edit]

Main article: Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens

A CGI movie titled "Ben 10: Destroy all Aliens" was announced in mid-2011,[11] and released on March 11, 2012 (Asia/Philippines)[12] and on March 23, 2012 (US).[13] This film had previously been under the working title Ben 10: Alien Dimensions.[14] The film was based on the original series, and featured the original voice cast. The CGI was animated by Tiny Island Productions in Singapore.

Feature film adaptation[edit]

On June 14, 2011, producer Joel Silver announced that he, along with Warner Bros. and Dark Castle Entertainment, would be working on a film version of Ben 10.[15] In January 2012, Albert Torres was announced as screenwriter.[16] In February 2013, Ryan Engle was announced to work on Torres' script. Andrew Rona, Steve Richards, and Joel Silver were producers. Alex Heineman and Sarah Meyer were executive producers.[17] Since Silver left Warner Bros. and Dark Castle joined Universal Pictures, it remains unknown whether Warner Bros. or Universal will release the movie.

Ben 10 / Generator Rex crossover[edit]

Main article: Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United

During Cartoon Network's panel at 2011's San Diego Comic-Con, Ben 10 and Generator Rex creators "Man of Action" announced a crossover special between the Ben 10 and Generator Rex series titled Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United. The forty-minute special aired on November 25, 2011, as a Generator Rex episode.[18][19]

A comic book based on the special titled "Hero Times Two" was released on November 30, 2011, as the 65th issue of DC Comics' Cartoon Network: Action Pack.[20]

Elements of the franchise[edit]

Omnitrix Prototype / Ultimatrix / Omnitrix / Nemetrix / Hero Watch / Biomnitrix / Power Watch / Argitrix[edit]

Main article: List of Ben 10 aliens

The Original Omnitrix, its Ultimatrix replacement, and the "finalized" version that is the New Omnitrix are the central elements of the Ben 10 story. They are all alien devices developed by Azmuth that transform the user into any one of a number of alien beings (originally 1,000,903, but the number has increased by 11 because of the transformations that have been unlocked throughout the series via the "Scan Mode" of every version of the Omnitrix). Despite many seeing the Omnitrix as a weapon, its true purpose was to allow the diverse beings of the universe to understand each other by "walking in each other's shoes" and to resurrect all of the intelligent species in the universe that may go extinct (including the human race). Both of these facts are revealed in the Alien Force episode "War of the Worlds." The second function cannot be achieved by the Ultimatrix because of Albedo's modifications. It is not yet confirmed if the New Omnitrix can achieve it.

The Omnitrix appears in the first two incarnations of the franchise (Ben 10 and Ben 10: Alien Force), but Ben had to destroy it and use the Ultimatrix in the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien series. In the final episode of Ultimate Alien, Azmuth takes the Ultimatrix from Ben and replaces it with the New Omnitrix – the original version having been a prototype. The new version had all of the same features as its predecessors. In Omniverse, Azmuth reveals that Ben's habit of slamming his hand on the Omnitrix's core (and inadvertently the scroll pad) randomizes the time-out function, causing Ben to sometimes transform back to normal much earlier than expected or to transform into a random alien.

In Ben 10: Omniverse, the Nemetrix, a knock-off of the original Omnitrix used by a bounty hunter with an alien dog which uses the Nemetrix, is introduced. Unlike the Omnitrix and its succeeding models, the Nemetrix uses the DNA of the natural predators of the sentient alien races such as a giant worm, beetle, etc., which throughout the Omniverse series have the sole purpose of hunting Ben. Thus, only an animal can use the Nemetrix, as users of higher intelligence are unable to use it themselves without incurring mental and/or genetic damage. In Omniverse, Albedo recreates the Ultimatrix by using a Polymorphic Crystal to stabilize his transformations, making it so that he can stay in any form as long as he wants. It also allows him to transform into the Ultimate Forms of his aliens without first turning into their normal forms.

Plumbers[edit]

The Plumbers is an organization composed of both human and alien members, each of whom possesses a special badge. All badges bear the intergalactic peace symbol, a green hourglass shape, which is on the faceplate of the Omnitrix Prototype, Ultimatrix and New Omnitrix. Later, in Omniverse, the Plumbers' symbol becomes a red dot.

In the original series, the Earth's Plumbers were a secret government organization that protected the universe from any threat. Their main base was located inside Mount Rushmore, where the Null Void projector and Sub-Energy were stored. Their main adversary was Vilgax. Max was a Plumber in his youth. Most of the Plumbers have disbanded; however, a few members (like Max and his relatives) remain in a semi-active capacity.

Forever Knights[edit]

The Forever Knights are a secret British society/paramilitary group first formed during the Middle Ages that are dedicated to collecting and studying alien technology, usually by illegal means. Any aliens they capture along the way are dissected and studied, and any humans caught with them are immediately deemed worthless and disposed of. It is revealed in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien that the reason for their actions is to combat Diagon, an entity from another dimension that nearly conquered the Earth in the Middle Ages were it not for the Forever Knights' immortal Founder George. When George left them, the Forever Knights began to splinter under various self-titled Forever Kings who transformed their knights' duty into a genocidal policy toward anything alien. The Forever Knights also arm themselves with a large variety of medieval weapons enhanced by alien technology, with Lightsaber-like swords, lances, "laser lances", laser guns and electroshock rods being their most common weapons.

Transports[edit]

Each series has featured some kind of main transportation. The wheeled motor vehicles, appearing like normal cars, are equipped with several pieces of Plumber technology such as a turbo engine, laser guns, and autopilot. They are often destroyed during the series.

The Rustbucket and the Rustbucket II, is an old RV resembling a 1973 GMC motorhome owned by Max Tennyson. Despite being old, and even having been destroyed a few times, Max has great affection for it.

Ship is a Galvanic Mechamorph (Upgrade's species) alien that has the ability to transform himself into fully operational technology he's once touched. He merged with the Forever Knights spaceship and from this event onward he became the space transportation for Ben's team during the third season of Ben 10: Alien Force. The Rustbucket III, a Plumbers' jet that Kevin has upgraded with alien tech, later replaced him.

Kevin's car is a Muscle car resembling a Dodge Challenger armed with Plumber technology as well as other various alien tech, including guns and off-road capabilities. It is the team's main transport in Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. It is damaged or destroyed often, mainly during fights or chase scenes, and Kevin is constantly busy repairing it. In Omniverse, after Ben destroyed it while aiming at Upgrade, Kevin gave it a new look. He painted it blue and placed a white circle with the number 11 on it, with only one stripe.

Recurring themes[edit]

  • During the original series, Ben has a lack of hygiene, and this is briefly seen in the other series. It is sometimes mentioned that he rarely washes himself or never changes clothes, claiming the shirt that is commonly worn throughout the first series is the only shirt he used during the entire summer.
  • Ben chooses some alien in the Omnitrix, tries to transform into it, but often ends up transforming into some other alien found therein (occasionally becoming something he's never chosen before).
  • Mr. Smoothy is a restaurant that serves mostly smoothies at which Ben and his friends are regular customers. The titular mascot is a cup with face and legs that holds a smaller cup. It serves the strangest assortment of flavors in its smoothies, made to order. Among the strange flavors Ben drinks are "chocolate and carrot", "nectarine", "mango and blueberry with extra echinacea", and all-meat flavored smoothies such as "lamb" and "sardine". In Bellwood there are 23 Mr. Smoothy restaurants, and in some episodes, some of them are destroyed because of Ben. Additionally, when confronted by the Contemelia, an alien race whose physical appearance changed to match what "held the most sway" to whoever looked upon them in the Omniverse finale, Ben saw them as living versions of the Mr. Smoothy mascot.
  • Sumo Slammers is a large franchise creating video games, trading card games, TV shows, movies, mp3 players, etc., which appears often in the Ben 10 series. The storyline of the franchise is similar to anime stories, although the details were not shown, but it tells about a warrior called Ishiyama and his archenemy called Kenko with the ability to shapeshift. In Alien Force/Ultimate Alien, Kenko has somehow joined forces with Ishiyama, a nod to former villain Kevin 11 teaming up with Ben and Gwen Tennyson. Ben has been an enormous fan since he was young, and is always trying to do something linked with it, such as knowing the news about them and pretending that he is fighting like them.
  • Kevin's car is a muscle car armed with Plumber technology as well as other various alien tech, including guns and off-road capabilities. As it is often damaged or destroyed (such as during fights or chase scenes), Kevin is constantly repairing it. The Rustbucket III has also become a part of this running gag. In the episode "Video Games", Kevin seems to think Ben's destruction of Will's car is not a good way of getting back at Harangue for his rage focused at Ben. Due to Kevin's obsession with his own car, it is likely a joke referencing that.
  • Since "Fame", due to Ben's worldwide fame, he shows some typical celebrity behavior, where he is chased by fans and shows off, hoping that someone will notice and adore him. He constantly claims to have "saved the universe".
  • Whenever Pakmar is shown running a business (in Omniverse), on several occasions Ben accidentally destroys it, or gets blamed for wrecking it, which causes Pakmar to hate Ben, and demands payment from Ben on multiple points.
  • With very few exceptions, if Grandpa Max is doing the cooking, it won't be a anything ordinary. It'll be tentacles, or grub worms, or something else highly unusual (if not alien), and he'll expect whoever is around to be ready and willing to partake of his meals.

Technology[edit]

The advanced technologies shown are both alien and from Earth. In the series, they are divided in levels of complication, danger or sophistication. The levels known thus far are 1-20, although some technology is confirmed to be higher than Level 20. Any tech above the allowed level used on this planet is considered illegal.

Earth is a Level 2 planet, something that is considered very inferior by other aliens as it was stated once that Earth is at least 500 years away from being Level 3.

The Omnitrix and the Ultimatrix are Level 20.

Dwayne McDuffie describes some levels:

  • Level 1 includes use and construction of simple tools.
  • Level 2 includes remedial energy Manipulation, the use of Fire or the use of simple machines.
  • Level 3 includes intermediate tool use and industrial organization combined with intermediate energy manipulation. Often information management technologies develop at Level 3. This is also the level at which many species accidentally kill themselves.
  • Level 5 includes remedial manipulation of the fundamental force and of the Omnitrix Prototype, Ultimatrix, and New Omnitrix.
Null Void[edit]

The Null Void is a pocket dimension, created by the Galvans as a penal colony. Although frightening, it can be a place for some to start anew. It is filled with floating rocks, with flying creatures known as the Null Guardians who protect powerless people in the Null Void from the more violent inmates. The Null Void also served as a base of operations for the Rooters. Over the course of the show, the Null Void became increasingly dangerous from the aliens sent there, especially after the Mutant To'kustars (Way Bads) were imprisoned there after the events of "The Frogs of War: Part 2".

ID Mask[edit]

ID Masks are masks that can change someone's appearance by means of a hologram. They were often used by DNAliens to take forms of human beings and are also used by Plumbers' Kids who are obviously part alien to hide their appearance and be able to roam freely on Earth. Even Kevin uses one after he turns into what he calls 'a monster'.

Techadon Robots[edit]

Techadons are powerful war machines that were mass-produced by a Weapons Technology group known as the "Weapon Masters of Techadon". They are armed with powerful lasers and nanite-based regenerative technologies, able to recreate itself in entirety from a single hand. The custom-made ones that are commissioned for a hit are stronger and when one is destroyed; the other ones adapt from the defeated ones.

Time Travel[edit]

Time travel is featured many times throughout the franchise. Professor Paradox, a supehuman, shown with knowledge of the entire time line, explained to Ben the concept of Cross Time. Cross Time is a reference to alternate future timelines, such as the timeline depicted in "Ben 10,000" and "Ken 10" where Kevin was still evil. Another Cross Time future, depicted in "Ben 10,000 Returns", presents a future version of Ben having the Ultimatrix and using it to become an Ultimate human who can access the abilities of his aliens instead of assuming their forms. It was stated by Derrick J. Wyatt that the future timeline in "The End of an Era" followed the "Ben 10,000" and "Ken 10" timeline.

Awards[edit]

Original series[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
200734th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual in AnimationThomas PerkinsWon
Golden Reel AwardBest Sound Editing in Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue, ADR and Music for Television AnimationOtis Van Osten, Melinda Rediger, Trevor Sperry, Matt Brown, Jody Thomas, Andy Sturmer, Ron Salaises, Keith Dickens for the episode "Ben 10,000"Nominated
200835th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class Animated ProgramBrian A. Miller, Sam Register, Jennifer Pelphrey, Alex Soto, Donna Smith, Tramm WigzellNominated

Race Against Time[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
200829th Young Artist AwardsBest Leading Young ActorGraham Phillips as Ben TennysonNominated
Best Supporting Young ActorTyler Patrick Jones as Cash MurrayNominated
Best Supporting Young ActressHaley Ramm as Gwen TennysonNominated
6th Visual Effects Society Awards[10]Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or CommercialBrent Young, Smith, Michael For the Grey Matter sequenceNominated
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or SpecialDina Benadon, Evan Jacobs, Brent Young, Chris Christman for visual effects compilationNominated

Alien Force[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
200936th Daytime Emmy Awards[21]Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action and AnimationRobert Hargreaves, Robert Serda and John HegedesWon
Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action and AnimationRobert Hargreaves and George BrooksNominated
Outstanding Special Class Animated ProgramBrian A. Miller, Sam Register, Glen Murakami, Jennifer Pelphrey and Donna SmithNominated

Alien Swarm[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
201062nd Primetime Emmy Awards[22]Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialEvan Jacobs, Sean McPherson, Andrew Orloff, Brent YoungNominated
8th Visual Effects Society AwardsOutstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialEvan Jacobs, Sean McPherson, Andrew OrloffNominated
15th Art Directors Guild Award[23]Television Movie or Mini-SeriesYuda Acco Harry Matheu, Hugh D.G. Moody, Rouzier, Pierre, Robb Bihun, Ann Stacy, Dan PostNominated

Ultimate Alien[edit]

Omniverse[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
2013Annie AwardCharacter Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast ProductionChap Yaep, Steven Choi, Derrick Wyatt for the episode "The More Things Change Part 2"Nominated
40th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sound Mixing – AnimationCarlos SanchesWon
Outstanding Sound Editing – AnimationJeff Shiffman, Roger Pallan, Matthew Thomas Hall, Otis Van Osten, Tony Ostyn, Gerardo GonzalezNominated

Spin-off media[edit]

Merchandise[edit]

Further information: List of Ben 10 episodes § DVD releases, List of Ben 10: Alien Force episodes § DVD releases, and List of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episodes § DVD releases

Following the success of the Ben 10 animated TV series and films, various Ben 10 merchandise has been released for general sale. These items include comic books, card games (such as Top Trumps), toys, video games, Lego construction sets, bedding, coloring books, footwear, and watches (the Omnitrix and the Ultimatrix). All three shows have been released on DVD.

Games[edit]

The game franchise has many different formats. The video games franchise started on 2006 with the release of Ben 10 for the HyperScan, while the franchise's first official video game Protector of Earth came out in 2007.

The latest video game, Ben 10: Omniverse, has been developed and released for the NintendoWii and Wii U, Nintendo DS and 3DS, MicrosoftXbox 360, and SonyPlayStation 3 on November 13, 2012. The player can play as 13 alien heroes, including never-before-seen aliens like Bloxx and Gravattack, as they work for either Ben or Rook to defeat the evil plans of a fierce villain intent on destroying the world. The game is developed by Vicious Style Studios for all platforms except for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS versions, which are developed by 1st Playable Productions. The plot is about Ben's partner Rook going back in time and meeting an 11-year-old Ben. In the past, Malware absorbed Rook's Proto-Tool and intends to destroy the Earth. The player is able to access both Bens.

Ten games have been released, including Omniverse:

Apart from the Nintendo and PC games, Ben 10 games are also available to play online in flash format[24] which is a gaming format developed for Adobe Flash Player. Such games can be played directly from the web browser and needs not to install them on your system.

Toy line[edit]

Further information: Ben 10 (toy line) and Lego Ben 10

Bandai has manufactured a large amount of Ben 10 toys from the four series.[citation needed]

The series received three McDonald's Happy Meal promotions internationally, as well as one in America in August 2011.[25] The toys are colored translucent figures of some Omnitrix/Ultimatrix aliens and their Ultimate forms, with a small photo of Ben inside. The Alien Force toys are four rings, each one is an alien (Goop, Jetray, Alien X, Chromastone) with features linked with their powers.

Comic books[edit]

Developed by Jason Hall, Min G. Kuand and Heroic Age, the Ben 10 comic revolves around Ben's summer vacation with Gwen and their Grandpa Max, traveling in the Rust Bucket. The Ben 10: Alien Force comic revolves around Ben, with Gwen and a reformed Kevin, battling the Highbreed and the DNAliens.

Cartoon Network Action Pack was a 2006-2012 comic book series made by DC Comics which showcased Ben 10 alongside Samurai Jack, Codename Kids Next Door, The Secret Saturdays, or Generator Rex. Some of the issues were connected with the franchise, while others are non-canon.

In February 2013, IDW Publishing announced a partnership with Cartoon Network to produce comics based on Cartoon Network properties. Ben 10 was one of the titles announced to be published.[26]

Ben 10 in other media[edit]

Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge[edit]

Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge is a game show developed for television by United Kingdom-based produced company, Twenty Twenty, which airs on Cartoon Network in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Bulgaria, the Nordic region, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Chile, United States and the Middle East.[27]Ultimate Challenge is a trivia show that tasks children with answering questions about all three series.[27]Ultimate Challenge is produced by Mandy Morris and executive produced by Daniel Marlowe.[28]

References in other shows[edit]

  • Ben appeared as a parody of Benjamin Franklin on the show MAD, in an episode titled "Ben 10 Franklin". Franklin was flying his kite when he was struck by a lightning bolt, gaining the Omnitrix. He used Swampfire to sign The Declaration of Independence. He also used Humongousaur to defeat the British and smash down a junior high school bully's house in revenge. He used other aliens from Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, where they have his hair and glasses.
  • Also in MAD, a reference to Alien Force

For 2016 TV series of the same name, see Ben 10 (2016 TV series).

Ben 10 (also later known as Ben 10 Classic) is an American animated series created by Man of Action (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle), and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The series is about a 10-year-old boy named Ben Tennyson who gets a watch-like alien device called the "Omnitrix". Attached to his wrist, it allows him to transform into various alien creatures. He uses these powers to fight evil from Earth and space. The series premiered on December 27, 2005 and ended on April 15, 2008.

The series gradually became popular and was nominated for two Emmy Awards, winning one for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation". The show would go on to spawn a franchise; Ben 10 was succeeded by Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Omniverse, and was revived with a 2016–2017 version.[2]

Premise

The series centers around Ben Tennyson (Tara Strong), a ten-year-old boy on a cross-country summer vacation, with his cousin Gwen (Meagan Smith) and their grandfather Max (Paul Eiding). On their first night camping in their grandfather's RV affectionately named the "Rust Bucket," Ben finds an alien pod with a mysterious watch-like device named the Omnitrix. The device then permanently attaches itself to his wrist giving him the ability to transform into a variety of alien life-forms each with its own unique skills and powers. With his new found super powers Ben has to learn the responsibilities of being a hero. During their vacation, the Tennysons are attacked by various enemies ranging from space aliens to supernatural entities.

Cast and characters

Further information: List of Ben 10 characters

  • Benjamin Kirby "Ben" Tennyson:

Ben is shown to be a cocky, immature boy, who is not above enjoying attention and enjoys making jokes even during fights. Though his immaturity makes a bad impression on some people, Ben is good-hearted, noble and loyal, and his actions are motivated above all by a strong and sincere will to help and save others in need. He will stop at nothing to protect his family or anyone in danger whether human or alien. Ben proves to be resourceful, intelligent (Ben has been known to have eidetic memory), shrewd and cunning when needed, which saved him from many situations, especially when the Omnitrix cannot activate or doesn't provide him with the alien he originally wanted.

  • Gwendolyn "Gwen" Tennyson:

She is depicted as a kind and intelligent girl, very skilled with computers and possessing a level of martial arts skills. She is also very independent but is very organised, sometimes to the point of compulsive, but can be a light-hearted schemer. Overall, her most notable skill is her innate, if latent, ability at magic. She got her powers from her alien grandmother, Verdona Tennyson. She is extremely skilled at magic as in "Tough Luck" when she picks up Hex's staff to defeat Charmcaster, Charmcaster replies that it can only be worked in the hands of a master magician and Gwen could still fire a yellow energy beam from it even though she hadn't learnt about them.

  • Grandpa Maxwell "Max" Tennyson:

Max mentions having spent his childhood summers on his Uncle Jedediah's farm, where he learned about the merits of hard work. A "not-quite-all-there" Max, under the effects of Zombozo's happiness-draining, mentions having been afraid of heights as a kid and then, when "enough was enough", Max "climbed up to the top of the water tower" and "scared the fear" right out of him. It was shown that Max had a childhood friend called Donovan Grand Smith, who sums up Max: "growing up he always was the worrywart never the risk-taker", like himself. Thirty years earlier, Donovan and Max had both been broke when Donovan offered Max a business opportunity which he turned down. Max later became a Plumber (Donovan thought Max was an actual plumber), establishing that Max's career as a Plumber lasted for about twenty-eight years before he retired (Max mentioned that after twenty-eight years on the job, he'd never figured out who was behind the Bermuda Triangle). It was revealed that Max had been an astronaut and would have been the first man on the moon, but left the program before the Apollo Moon mission. In his own words, Max said he just "took his step for mankind in other ways".

Main villains

One of the most feared aliens in the galaxy and archenemy of Ben. Vilgax is vicious, arrogant, and dangerously relentless, as he will stop at nothing to take the Omnitrix, which he wishes to use in order to create a transforming super army. In the past, Vilgax was an enemy of Max. Vilgax was injured and remained in a regeneration chamber in the first season, but when completely healed, he was cybernetically enhanced, giving him colossal size, strength and durability that made him a match for every alien Ben could access at that time. Vilgax was the main antagonist of the first season, and was a recurring antagonist in the following seasons.

An 11-year-old delinquent sociopath with a mutant power that allows him to absorb energy. He uses the ability to commit crimes to benefit himself, never caring if it hurts anyone. He originally wanted to team up with Ben to become unstoppable, but after Ben refuses the offer, he absorbs power from the Omnitrix instead. He uses this to frame Ben for robberies using the alien forms, but the constant changes makes his DNA unstable and he eventually becomes a combination of all ten of the alien forms. Becoming a monster makes him hate Ben more than ever, as he blames him for his new form, and he swears revenge, becoming Ben's secondary archenemy and foil: "Kevin 11". Kevin is a minor antagonist in the first season, the main antagonist of the second season and a minor antagonist in the fourth season.

A scientist whose career was cut short when it was discovered that he was performing twisted genetic experiments on animals. He had hoped that his research would win him the Verties Award, which is an award in veterinary science. Because of the nature of his research, he lost the award to another doctor named Kelly. This drove him insane, and he dropped off the map for five years until he could perfect his research. After being defeated by Ben for the first time, Dr. Animo makes himself a personal nemesis to the boy, always hoping to defeat him and rule the world. His powers include controlling animals, reviving them and creating them. He is Ben's tertiary archenemy.

An Ectonurite who was originally one of Ben's forms. Zs'Skayr was sampling Flourana DNAs into the Omnitrix but ended up having his own DNA sampled along with it creating a clone of him and Ben's form "Ghostfreak". His powers include invisibility, intangibility, possession, tentacles, energy beam projection, telekinesis and firing energy beams from his hands. He was a minor antagonist in the second season and the main antagonist of the third season.

A gifted 15 year old human who was the teenage niece of Hex. She first appears to be loyal to her uncle, but was actually using him to get power for herself. She later attempts to use a spell to swap bodies with Ben in order to gain possession of the Omnitrix only to switch with Gwen by mistake and be foiled, and have her spell book stolen by Gwen. She later becomes a member of the Negative 10 to get revenge on the Tennysons, though her grudge is mainly against Gwen. Her powers include mana manipulation and spell-casting. She is Gwen's archenemy.

A former Plumber kicked out in disgrace after being caught stealing technologies from alien criminals for personal gain, who joined the Forever Knights and eventually became their leader with the goal of achieving world domination. After learning of the Plumbers secret "sub-energy" weapon the Forever King assembles the Negative 10, a team of the Tennysons human enemies, to steal it to achieve his goal. He was the main antagonist of season four.

Themes

The Omnitrix

Main article: List of Ben 10 aliens

The Omnitrix (The prefix omni- means all, the trix means matrix) was originally created by a Galvan (Grey Matter's species) named Azmuth and Albedo. The Omnitrix was intended to allow beings to experience life as other species in order to bring understanding and foster peace in the universe.

In the first form that Ben found, the Omnitrix looked like a wristwatch, primarily black and gray in color, with a gray (or black) dial in the middle (like a watch face) and had a green hourglass shape on it (actually the intergalactic "peace" symbol, also on Plumber's Badges and Azmuth's home world). However, many beings, like Vilgax have seen the Omnitrix' abilities as something that could be used as a powerful weapon.

According to Xylene, the Omnitrix was originally intended for Max, but since she was in battle she sent it to the forest by mistake. When Ben found it, his DNA was close enough to Max that it mistook him for Max and locked itself on Ben's wrist.

Active Mode

The default mode for the Omnitrix which means it can be used and that it has recharged or totally working properly. Actual usage time is unknown (between ten and twenty minutes, most commonly ten), and can time out at inopportune moments (for example: While XLR8 is at full speed, or Grey Matter is in a small space), it seems to time out faster the more it's taxed by activities such as fighting. However, if regular transformation is tampered with, Ben can't turn back (Ditto, for example, isn't allowed to revert when Ben's Ditto clones were not all merged, nor does it allow Ben to transform multiple times).

The Omnitrix also possesses a Master Control, activated by either random chance or by inserting a certain code into the Omnitrix. Once the Master Control is unlocked, the user can remain in an alien form indefinitely or until gravely physically injured and is able to switch between alien forms at will just by thinking it, speaking the name of the alien given by the user, or operating the Omnitrix which can still be found on the body when activated.

Time Out Mode

When the Omnitrix times out, it beeps and flashes, converting the user back to normal. It takes around 10 minutes to recharge, though it may take more time if tampered with. The main purpose of timing out is said to be to keep the original personality of certain aliens from overwhelming the user (such as the case of Ghostfreak).

The Omnitrix is powered by a special self-renewable power supply that will long outlive Ben. The Omnitrix has, on occasion, instantly recharged to protect its user from direct physical threat. This was shown when Ben was about to be killed by Kevin and then when Ghostfreak, who had escaped the Omnitrix at the time, tried to possess Ben, both times, despite just timing out moments earlier, the Omnitrix recharges instantly when Ben's life is put in direct threat. However, this may possibly be a safety mechanism where the Omnitrix taps into an emergency reserve of energy, as the Omnitrix almost immediately timed out mere moments later. This feature was apparently switched off after the recalibration. The Omnitrix has been known to 'malfunction', such as unexpectedly timing out, recharging instantly or changing into a different alien than was selected; however, these might be safeguards programmed to protect against someone stealing it.

It was confirmed by Dwayne McDuffie, the Omnitrix times out not to recharge its energy, but to prevent damage to Ben.

Capture Mode

When a new DNA sample has been unlocked for future use (it identifies the DNA against the database, then unlocks that code on the Omnitrix), or when the Omnitrix actually captures new DNA that is not already present on it.

Wrong Alien Method

Depending on the situation the Omnitrix finds itself in, The Omnitrix will transform Ben in to other aliens instead of Ben's preferred choice, to make the battle more interesting. Ben eventually accepts the feature as a method of improvisation (''Might isn't always right'').

Self-Destruct Mode Activated In 30 Seconds

When in S.D.M. (Self-Destruct Mode), the Omnitrix counts down until it explodes. When in S.D.M. for a few days, the Omnitrix charges up enough energy to cause an energy ripple that will destroy the entire universe, also in the original series while the Omnitrix was in S.D.M. it sent out bursts of energy that threw Ben through the air. When in S.D.M is activated while the omnitrix was in Vilgax's Hand, he will throw Vilgax in the wall of his ship, recovering from the shockwave.

Other Features

  • The Omnitrix has Artificial Intelligence and Natural Intelligence that can read the mind of the user and transforms him/her into the alien form like Alien X it thinks is right for the situation when activated; it might be why Ben turns into another alien instead of the one he chose;
  • When it's near to Azmuth, it has been shown to pin-point the direction to reach him by turning its dial;
  • When transformed, the Omnitrix can protect the host from negative influences, like possession by an Ectonurite or the mutation effect of Corrodium or Dr. Animo's mutant ray, the same effect applied to Kevin during his second mutation, as it came from the Omnitrix too;
  • If someone tries to tamper with it against the host's will, it creates a large feedback pulse for defense;
  • The Omnitrix has a failsafe that it works when an alien was removed from the Omnitrix intendedly by the user, the omnitrix will never accept any DNA from the species that already removed in the Omnitrix like Feedback.

Allusions

  • "And Then There Were 10" starts with a space battle, just like in the opening scene of Star Wars Episode IV.
  • The Forever Knights appear to be inspired by the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, both organizations viewed themselves as superior races descended from ancient times and their goals are to search for paranormal artifacts (such as alien tech for the Forever Knights, while the National Socialists search for occult items) to help out their causes. The Forever Knights' hatred of everything alien also appears to allude to the National Socialists' anti-Semitic views of the Jewish and other enemies of the Third Reich who are not considered Aryan purity.
  • The name ''Forever Knights'', and their status as a ''secret organization'' is also a possible reference to the Knights Tempar
  • Another possible source of inspiration for the Forever Knights might be the "Torchwood" Institute as presented in the more recent series of Doctor Who. Torchwood, like the Forever Knights, is dedicated to collecting Alien Tech ruthlessly and to the very specific goal of ensuring the dominating position of a presumed British Empire on planet Earth.
  • Another possible source of inspiration for the Forever Knights might be the rumors and common conspiracy theories regarding "Area 51" in the U.S.A. According to these theories, Area 51 is a location where aliens or their dead bodies have been kept, dissected and analyzed. In the movie Independence Day, Area 51 is also a place of alien tech research where an alien battle pod is analyzed and repaired and then used against the same Earth-invading alien civilization.
  • In "Ready to Rumble", when Porcupine curls up and rolls into the enemy, is much like Sonic the Hedgehog's Spin Dash.
  • "Ben 4 Good Buddy" is a reference to "Ten 4 good buddy".
  • "Big Fat Alien Wedding" is a reference to the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding; and the events are similar to the classic tragic story Romeo and Juliet.
  • Eye Guy is a reference to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers villain, also called Eye Guy.
  • In "Midnight Madness", has a reference to the Midnight Riders; the "Mega-mall-opolis" is a parody of the Mall of America in Minnesota; and Sublimo is derived from subliminal.
  • In "Super Alien Hero Buddy Adventures", the North brothers are named Kane and Abel, which most likely refers to Cain and Abel from the Bible.
  • In "The Big Tick", all the hand positions Cannonbolt used were Peter Parker's hand positions when he was trying to find out how to shoot webs in the first Spider-Man movie. Also, the plot about an intergalactic planet eater, the creature having its servant(s) go to the world before and the fact that its servant(s) move around on hoverboards is similar to the plot of Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
  • In "Ghostfreaked Out", was made a reference to Ghostbusters' phrase I ain't afraid of no ghost!, where Acid Breath says I ain't scared of no ghosts!.

Episodes

Main article: List of Ben 10 (2005 TV series) episodes

Production

Development

Ben 10 was created by "Man of Action" and was produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Man of Action is a group consisting of comic book creators Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle. The group worked on Ben 10 concept roughly 3 years before Cartoon Network picked up the series.

Early on in development, it was decided that a villain would be within the Omnitrix. After Ghostfreak was created the creators added dialogue into the first season to give the audience that there is something more to Ghostfreak.[4] Originally Cannonbolt the 11th alien transformation in the series, was going to be in the original set of aliens, but was replaced with Ghostfreak.[4]

When doing test animations for the series the first alien transformation to be tested was Four Arms. It was the most popular transformation out of all the aliens for "Man of Action".[4] Many of the unused designs for Upchuck were recycled into in the episode "Ben 10,000" as two of Ben's aliens "Spitter" and "Articguana", and as villain Sploot.

Steven E. Gordon worked on an early version of the show. His concept work reveals that Ben Tennyson was originally going to be a red headed young boy. Gordon also has early designs of the Omnitrix which look more like a watch than the final version, as well as different designs and names for the alien transformations.[5] Some of the early names for the transformations were "StrongGuy", "Inferno", "RazorJaws", "Dragonfly", "Plantguy", and "Digger". Some of the early designs for the aliens are more human and superhero-like, similar to Dial H For Hero.[5]

Theme song

The theme song for the series was written by Andy Sturmer and sung by Mz. Moxy.[6] The main title were created by Renegade Animation. The flash animated sequence during the main title was designed to let the audience know that the show is going to be fun and not just an action show.[7] The opening credits were altered in the third season and beyond to reflect that Ghostfreak was no longer to be used, and was replaced by Cannonbolt as the ninth alien.

Casting

Kris Zimmerman was in charge of casting and was the voice director. Tara Strong voices the title character Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Benwolf, Lucy Mann-Tennyson, Ken Tennyson, and Sandra Tennyson. She also voices Future Gwen and Buzzshock in "Ben 10,000". Meagan Smith voices Ben's cousin Gwen Tennyson, and Paul Eiding voices Grandpa Max and his version of Upgrade.

Steven Blum voices Ben's alien transformations Heatblast and Ghostfreak, as well as the series main villain Vilgax. Dee Bradley Baker voices Ben's transformations Stinkfly, Eye Guy, and Wildmutt, Baker also voices Ben's school bully friend Cash Murray, and many of his enemies such as The Limax, Six Six, Acid Breath, and the character Elsgood. Baker also notable for voicing many various characters and aliens. Richard Steven Horvitz voices Ben's Grey Matter transformation and the villain Sublimino. Richard McGonagle voices Ben's Four Arms transformation, and the villain Exo-Skull. Fred Tatasciore voices Ben's aliens Ripjaws, Cannonbolt, and Way Big, Tatasciore also voices a future version of Ben in "Ben 10,000". And Jim Ward voices the transformations Diamondhead, XLR8, and Wildvine, and the character Gordon Tennyson.

Additional voices

  • Jack Angel – Technorg
  • Clancy Brown – Kenko the Shapeshifter
  • Bettina Bush – Kai Green
  • Cathy Cavadini – Cooper Daniels
  • Larry Cedar – Howell Wainwright
  • Rosalind Chao – Councilwoman Liang
  • John Cygan – Abel North, Kane North
  • Grey DeLisle – Heatblast Gwen, Xylene, Camille Mann, Mrs. Mann
  • John DiMaggio – Baron Highway, Vulkanus
  • Michael Dorn – Viktor, Benvicktor
  • Jeff Doucette – Thumbskull
  • Robin Atkin Downes – Jonah Melville
  • Richard Doyle – Enoch, Mr. Jingles, Driscoll
  • Walker Edmiston – Marty
  • Greg Ellis – Synaptek
  • Dave Fennoy – Tetrax Shard
  • Miriam Flynn – Vera Tennyson, Old Woman
  • Michael Gough – Lt. Steel
  • Richard Green – Benmummy
  • Kim Mai Guest – Pinky, Andy, Young Elsgood
  • Nicholas Guest – Clancy
  • Jennifer Hale – Rojo, Turbine, Jamie, Mandy, Ben's Teacher
  • Tom Kane – Ultimos, Donovan Grand Smith, Arctiguana
  • John Kassir – Zombozo
  • Josh Keaton – Tim Dean, Hector
  • Patricia Lentz – Shelby the Waitress, Mildred
  • Jennifer Malenke – Missy
  • Vanessa Marshall – Diamondhead Gwen, Four Arms Gwen, Myaxx, Tini, Cannonbolt Gwen
  • James C. Mathis III – Enforcer Alien
  • Miguel Najera – Wes Green
  • Robert Patrick – Phil
  • Rob Paulsen – Ditto
  • Khary Payton – Hex
  • Rob Pinkston – Todd Maplewood
  • Robert Picardo – Leader Alien
  • Bill Ratner – Narrator in "Gwen 10" and "Goodbye and Good Riddance"
  • Michael Reisz – Kevin (Season 1)
  • Neil Ross – Laurence Wainwright
  • Charlie Schlatter – Kevin (Seasons 2-4), Kevin 11,000, Devlin Levin
  • Dwight Schultz – Dr. Animo
  • Armin Shimerman – Slix Vigma
  • Kath Soucie – Edwind Grand Smith, Joan Maplewood, Tiffany
  • Jason Spisak – Gatorboy
  • Cree Summer – Frightwig
  • Mark Thompson – Vance Vetteroy
  • Kari Wahlgren – Charmcaster, Baby Hex, Grey Matter Gwen
  • B.J. Ward – Betty Jean Tennyson
  • Billy West – Kraab
  • Dave Wittenberg – Upchuck, Road Rage
  • Adam Wylie – J.T, Max Tennyson (10 years old), Peterson
  • Keone Young – Ishiyama

Films, sequels, and spin-offs

TV films

Two Ben 10 films have been released at different times during 2007 and 2008. The first is a regular animated feature called Secret of the Omnitrix, in which the Omnitrix is accidentally set to self-destruct and Ben must track down its creator to stop it. A trailer of the film was released with the film Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen, and it aired August 10, 2007. Michael Ouweleen described the film's villain, which was actually Vilgax, as "like Darth Vader without the sense of humor."[8] A different version of Secrets of the Omnitrix, which introduced a different alien (Eye Guy) to the one in the original (Heatblast), aired on September 1, 2007. A third version (in which XLR8 was featured) aired on October 20, 2007. It was stated during the premiere of Alien Force that Secret of the Omnitrix was intended to be the chronological finale of Ben 10, even though it was broadcast long before the last episode, which was not canon.

A CGI movie titled Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens was first released on March 11, 2012 in Asia[9] and on March 23, 2012[10][11] in the US. The movie focuses on a 10-year-old Ben returning to school after the summer.[12][13] The movie was released in 2 different versions on Asia. The Filipino viewers will hear the Philippine winners while the rest of Southeast Asia will hear the Malaysian kids.[14]

Theatrical films

Main article: Ben 10: Race Against Time

Ben 10: Race Against Time is the first film in the series. It revolves around Ben (Graham Phillips), Gwen (Haley Ramm) and Grandpa Max (Lee Majors) returning to their hometown of Bellwood and attempting to adjust to being ‘normal’ again. Unfortunately, their lives are once again disrupted by a mysterious alien known as Eon (Christien Anholt), who has an unexpected connection to the Omnitrix.

Main article: Ben 10: Alien Swarm

Ben 10: Alien Swarm is the second film in the series. It is about Ben (Ryan Kelley), Gwen (Galadriel Stineman), Kevin (Nathan Keyes) and Grandpa Max (Barry Corbin). In the movie the group stumbles upon a hive of alien nanobots using humans as host bodies in order to take over the world. The Nanochips, or "alien swarm", are controlled by a single consciousness and Ben and his friends must work together to stop them.

Sequel series

Main articles: Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Ben 10: Omniverse

Ben 10: Alien Force is the sequel to the show set five years after the original series. As an indirect result, this series is darker in tone compared to its predecessor. The series premiered on Cartoon Network on April 18, 2008 and ended on March 26, 2010. It has since been premiered in Canada, on Teletoon.[15] A video game of the show is now out for the Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable.[16]

Another sequel series, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, premiered on April 23, 2010 and takes place 3–4 weeks after the finale of Alien Force.[17]

Protector of Earth

Main article: Ben 10: Protector of Earth

This is the first Ben 10 video game, released in autumn 2007.

Following the success of the Ben 10 animated TV series and films, various Ben 10 merchandise has been released for general sale. These items include Ben 10 books, action figures, card games such as Top Trumps, toys, video games - notably Ben 10: Protector of Earth, bedding, and footwear.

FusionFall

Main article: Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall

Ben 10 appears in Cartoon Network's online MMO FusionFall. The character design for Ben Tennyson was changed when the original Ben 10 series ended and was replaced by Ben 10: Alien Force. In the game, he serves as a "Player Guide" offering guide-based missions and special items that can only be used with certain guides.

References

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  4. ^ ab"Steven E. Gordon". Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  5. ^"Moxy Music". Archived from the original on 16 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  6. ^The Complete First Season: Commentary for "Secrets" (DVD). Warner Bros Entertainment.
  7. ^"CN Upfront: "Ben 10" Live Action and Animated Movies In Production-UPDATED". Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  8. ^"Coming Up In March - Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens". Cartoon Network. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  9. ^Zahed, Ramin. "'Ben 10' Movie to Premiere on March 23". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  10. ^"Ben 10 Week – New Movie Destroy All Aliens!". Cartoon Network – Coming Soon. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  11. ^"Cartoon Networks Set CG 'Ben 10' TV Movie for 2012". 25 July 2011. 
  12. ^http://www.toonzone.net/news/articles/38225/sdcc2011-ben-10-destroy-all-aliens-trailer-released[permanent dead link]
  13. ^Pulumbarit, Oliver M. "Filipino kids' voices in 'Ben 10'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  14. ^"Ben 10: Omniverse - Free Videos and Online Games - Cartoon Network". 
  15. ^Ben 10: Alien Force Game at GameSpotArchived June 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 

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