Cartoon Network Rebooting Ben 10 in 2016
In case you haven’t figured out yet, what with me repeatedly mentioning it on various podcasts, I love Ben 10. I think it’s a great idea for a series in the same vein as Dial H for Hero, something else I occasionally won’t shut the hell up about. But Ben 10 has been sliding downhill for years now, with the lowest point being the hideous looking (but maybe pretty good, who knows?) Ben 10: Omniverse. So Cartoon Network has decided to scrap it all and start over fresh next year.
Deadline is reporting that Man of Action, creators of the original shows, will be producing a brand new series for Cartoon Network to premiere in the Fall 2016 season. The show will be going back to its roots with a 10 year old Ben Tennyson on a summer road trip with his Grandpa Max and his cousin Gwen. Rob Sorcher, Chief Content Officer at Cartoon Network, said with the announcement…
We decided it was time to introduce Ben to a new generation of kids. Ben 10 has been an overwhelming success story across all media platforms, and we know kids around the world will be eager to see the reinvention of this beloved character.
Premiering in 2006, Ben 10 followed the adventures of the kid mentioned above. While on the aforementioned road trip, he discovers an alien device called the Omnitrix, which latched itself on to his wrist. The Omnitrix allowed Ben to morph into 10 different alien species, each with their own powers. After the original show, which ran for four seasons, there were three sequel series (Alien Force, Ultimate Alien, and Omniverse), two live-action movies, and one animated film.
I can understand Cartoon Network wanting to reboot the franchise, seeing as how it’s been almost a decade since the original series, but why did they have to change the art? This new design is definitely a step up from the horrific Omniverse art, but it is still nowhere near the level of the original series. Ben looks like a goddamned shaved monkey with those ears.
The new Ben 10 is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2016.