|Ben 10: Alien Force|
|Created by||Man of Action|
|Theme music composer||Andy Sturmer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||46 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Sam Register|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production company||Cartoon Network Studios|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Original release||April 18, 2008 –|
March 26, 2010
|Preceded by||Ben 10|
Ben 10: Alien Force is an American animated television series created by team Man of Action (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle), and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. It takes place five years after Ben 10 and takes a darker turn than its predecessor.
The series premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on April 18, 2008, and on Teletoon in Canada on September 6, 2008, and ended on March 26, 2010. The series was originally produced under the working title of Ben 10: Hero Generation. The series ran for a total of three seasons and forty-six episodes with its final episode being aired on March 26, 2010.
It was nominated for four Emmy Awards, winning one for Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action and Animation.
A sequel, subtitled Ultimate Alien, was released afterwards.
Set five years after the end of the original series, Ben Tennyson, now a teenager, once again dons the Omnitrix to protect the earth and other parts of the universe from villainous alien activity. The Omnitrix itself, a wristwatch-shaped device, allows Ben to transform into numerous alien forms, thereby inheriting the unique abilities of that alien race.
Main article: List of Ben 10 characters
Main article: List of Ben 10 villains
Ben 10: Alien Force is set five years after the original series. The second series is quite different from the first one: the storyline is notable for having matured the characters and taken a darker tone with more complex plots, more characters dying, and much less humor. The original logo has changed from the original series. This change received mixed reactions from the fans, and caused a division among them. Despite this, Ben 10: Alien Force's ratings were successful, allowing the production of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, taking place one year later.
Main article: List of Ben 10 aliens
When the Omnitrix was recalibrated it gained a more watch-style shape, a green wristband, and became smaller and sleeker with the face plate becoming black and green. The inside of the hourglass shape on the face now glows in different colors at special moments; these colors signify the state that the Omnitrix is in. The display mode of alien-shaped black silhouettes printed on the face has been replaced by a dark green 3D hologram hovering above the watch, giving a more detailed look of the selected alien.
The new Omnitrix also functions as a Plumber's badge which is used in the series as a communicator, a detector of other Plumber's badges, an alien-language translator, and as a key for accessing the Extranet, an intergalactic Internet.
In Ben 10, the reason Azmuth invented the Omnitrix was for all the beings of the universe to better understand each other. It was revealed in Ben 10: Alien Force that there was another reason for the creation of the Omnitrix. Azmuth tells Ben that the Omnitrix was invented to preserve the DNA of all living beings in the Milky Way Galaxy and restore them if they should ever become extinct.
Main article: List of Ben 10: Alien Force episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||April 18, 2008||August 31, 2008|
|2||13||October 10, 2008||March 27, 2009|
|3||20||September 11, 2009||March 26, 2010|
|Live-action movie||November 25, 2009|
|Video short||November 21, 2009|
Region 1 releases
|DVD title||Season||Aspect ratio||Release date|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 1||Season One||4:3||October 21, 2008|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 2||January 13, 2009|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 3||April 7, 2009|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 4||Season Two||16:9||September 1, 2009|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 5||November 17, 2009|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 6||March 30, 2010|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 7||Season Three||June 29, 2010|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 8||August 24, 2010|
|Ben 10: Alien Force Volume 9||October 5, 2010|
Region 4 releases
|DVD title||Aspect ratio||Release date|
|Ben 10: Alien Force – Season 1||4:3||June 1, 2011|
|Ben 10: Alien Force – Season 2|
|Ben 10: Alien Force – Season 3|
Main article: Ben 10: Alien Swarm
Ben 10: Alien Swarm is a live-action film based on the series, announced by Cartoon Network at their 2008 upfront. It is a sequel to Ben 10: Race Against Time. The first teaser trailer was shown on October 3, 2008, during the premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a full trailer was shown after the season 2 finale on March 27, 2009, and another full trailer, this time showing a preview of Humongousaur, was shown during the season 3 premiere on September 11, 2009. The film aired on November 25, 2009.
Again directed by Alex Winter, the film's cast included Ryan Kelley as Ben, Nathan Keyes as Kevin, and Galadriel Stineman as Gwen. Lee Majors was offered to reprise his role as Grandpa Max, but he turned it down; the role was recast with Barry Corbin. The film also featured Alyssa Diaz as a new character named Elena, who was a childhood friend of Ben. The aliens seen were Big Chill, Humongousaur, and a new alien named Nanomech. In the movie, Kevin's car was a green Dodge Challenger.
After Ben 10: Alien Force, there were 2 more sequels that came out which is Ben 10 Ultimate Alien and Ben 10 Omniverse.
A total of three games based on Ben 10: Alien Force were produced: Ben 10 Alien Force: The Game, Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks, and Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex. Characters from the Ben 10 series also made appearances in Cartoon Network's MMO, FusionFall.
Ben 10: Alien Force has been featured in Cartoon Network Action Pack!, an anthology comic book series published by DC Comics, since issue #27 (September 2008 cover date). It normally alternates bi-monthly with The Secret Saturdays as the lead story.
Ben 10: Alien Force stories have been published in Cartoon Network Action Pack! #27, 28, 31, 33, 35, 37, 38, 41, 42, and 43.
Ben 10: Alien Force: Doom Dimension is a two-part graphic novel series published by Del Rey Books, written by Peter David, and illustrated by Dan Hipp.
Scholastic Books has published a number of books based on the series, including a collection of chapter books written by Charlotte Fullerton, who has written several episodes for the show.
|Subject||Ben 10: Alien Force buildable figures|
|Licensed from||Cartoon Network|
|Availability||January 2010–December 2010|
|Characters||Swampfire, Big Chill, Humongousaur, Jetray, Chromastone and Spidermonkey|
Lego Ben 10: Alien Force was a Lego theme based on the animated television series Ben 10: Alien Force of the same name. It is licensed from Cartoon Network. There were the total of six sets of buildable figures similar to Bionicle. The theme was first introduced in January 2010. The product line was discontinued by the end of 2010 and replaced with the Hero Factory in 2010.
Lego Ben 10: Alien Force was based on Ben 10: Alien Force animated television show. The product line focuses on Ben Tennyson's powerful alien forms with various abilities. Lego Ben 10: Alien Force aimed to recreate the main characters in Lego buildable figures, including Spidermonkey, Swampfire, Chromastone, Humungousaur, Jet Ray and Big Chill. Each of the sets included the Bionicle parts and allows children to built an action figure version of one of Ben's alien forms.
Lego Ben 10: Alien Force theme was launched at the American International Toy Fair in 2010. The Lego Group had a partnership with Cartoon Network. As part of the marketing campaign, The Lego Group released six sets based on Ben 10: Alien Force. The six sets were Spidermonkey, Swampfire, Chromastone, Humungousaur, Jet Ray and Big Chill. The toy sets are marketed at children aged 5 to 12 years old.
According to Bricklink, The Lego Group released a total of 6 Lego sets as part of Lego Ben 10: Alien Force theme. It was discontinued by the end of 2010.
Spidermonkey (set number: 8409) was released on 1 January 2010 and based on the Ben 10: Alien Force character of Spidermonkey. The set consists of 21 pieces. The set measures over 8" (22 cm) tall.
Swampfire (set number: 8410) was released on 1 January 2010 and based on the Ben 10: Alien Force character of Swampfire. The set consists of 22 pieces and measures 9" (23 cm) tall.
Chromastone (set number: 8411) was released on 1 January 2010 and based on the Ben 10: Alien Force character of Chromastone. The set consists of 21 pieces and measures 9" (23 cm) tall.
Humungousaur (set number: 8517) was released on 1 January 2010 and based on the Ben 10: Alien Force character of Humungousaur. The set consists of 14 pieces and measures 9" (23 cm) tall.
Jet Ray (set number: 8518) was released on 1 January 2010 and based on the Ben 10: Alien Force character of Jet Ray. The set consists of 16 pieces and measures 9" (23 cm) tall.
Big Chill (set number: 8519) was released on 1 January 2010 and based on the Ben 10: Alien Force character of Big Chill. The set consists of 20 pieces and measures over 8" (22 cm) tall.
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