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Ben 10 

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The story of Ben Tennyson, a typical kid who becomes very atypical after he discovers the Omnitrix, a mysterious alien device with the power to transform the wearer into ten different alien species.
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Series cast summary:
Tara Strong ...  Ben Tennyson / ... 49 episodes, 2005-2008
Paul Eiding ...  Max Tennyson / ... 49 episodes, 2005-2008
Meagan Moore Meagan Moore ...  Gwen Tennyson / ... 48 episodes, 2005-2008
Dee Bradley Baker ...  Wildmutt / ... 37 episodes, 2005-2008
Jim Ward ...  XLR8 / ... 32 episodes, 2005-2008
Steve Blum ...  Heatblast / ... 27 episodes, 2005-2008
Richard McGonagle ...  Four Arms / ... 26 episodes, 2006-2007
Fred Tatasciore ...  Cannonbolt / ... 23 episodes, 2006-2008
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The story of Ben Tennyson, a typical kid who becomes very atypical after he discovers the Omnitrix, a mysterious alien device with the power to transform the wearer into ten different alien species.

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An alter ego for every occasion. See more »


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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

27 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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Бен 10 See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The series was heavily influenced by old Hanna-Barbera action/adventure shows, such as Jonny Quest and Secret Squirrel. See more »

Goofs

In the opening title sequence, Ben's ten alien transformations are represented; however, the ninth is Cannonbolt rather than Ghostfreak. Ghostfreak is one of Ben's original ten, which should be represented, while Cannonbolt is part of a set of transformations he acquires later. See more »

Quotes

Grandpa Max Tennyson: Being a hero isn't about letting others know you did the right thing, it's about you knowing you did the right thing.
Ben Tennyson: What were you just doing, reading greeting cards back at the Mega Mart?
Grandpa Max Tennyson: Well... yes.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the Cartoon Network opens to reveal Ben setting the Omnitrix and activating it; the logo closes before it's seen what he becomes. See more »

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Good as cartoons go; lots of room for improvement
21 July 2017 | by fixinnixonSee all my reviews

Let's start with the good. Ben 10 is a fun show with an interesting premise and a decent execution. The show centers on Ben Tennyson, a ten year-old boy, who stumbles upon an alien device that allows him to transform into different aliens. In effect, he can give himself different superpowers for a short time. It follows that the device is sought-after, creating the setup for a good story. Along with his cousin and his grandfather he begins fighting various villains they run across. The characters are real and likable and the plots are well-executed. In short, it's good entertainment.

Where does it fail? The most obvious failure is that Ben 10 — like so many of its cartoon brethren — lives in a limbo between an episodic style (villain-of-the-day, rather than a comedic Spongebob-style) and wanting to have an overarching plot. The short of it is that you can watch any episode regardless of chronology without feeling like you've missed something — not a good sign for a show trying to tell a larger story. Character development could, likewise, be improved. At the start of the series Ben is whiny, annoying, and rash. By the end of it? Slightly improved, but not as much as you'd assume from what he's been through. Gwen too is not developed to her full potential, while Grandpa Max is, frankly, underutilized as a character. The relationship between Ben and Gwen is also left under-developed. Generally speaking, character-developing moments just aren't seized and are left to flow by without mention. Ben and Gwen are the same people leaving the series that we meet at the start of it.

The action is cartoony, if entertaining. The fights are largely there because we're supposed to see some fights rather than because of natural conflict. Like most cartoons, there's lots of hitting and flashiness, but little that's actually damaging. It divorces us from the action by giving us no real sense of anyone's strengths or weaknesses. This helps hinder development even more.

In the end, the worst I can say about Ben 10 is that it doesn't live up to its immense potential. There's nothing wrong with it that isn't wrong with most cartoons, and Ben 10 among its peers is by far one of the better cartoons you could watch. The show is entertaining and fun, and while it probably won't satiate any hunger for deep stories and/or engagement the same way Avatar: tLA might that's not to say it isn't worth watching. Do I wish it could have been better? Of course, but that's only because it's so good and interesting already. There are many shows that can strive no higher than being episodic, villain-of-the-week pulp cartoons, but Ben 10 is not one of them.

…It certainly makes the 2016 reboot all the more disappointing.


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