Cartoon Network is giving a fresh take on Ben 10, launching a new animated series about the alien-powered kid hero. Cartoon Network Studios is producing for a fall 2016 premiere on the network’s international channels, followed by a North American premiere the following year. Man of Action will executive produce for Cartoon Network Studios and John Fang (Mixels, Generator Rex) is on board as supervising producer.
The new Ben 10 animated series will re-introduce the energetic, fun-loving, 10-year-old Ben Tennyson, with new and fan-favorite aliens. The series kicks off with the adventures of Ben, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max as they travel the country during summer vacation. When Ben finds the mysterious Omnitrix, a world of alien superpowers opens up to him.
The original Ben 10 series premiered on Cartoon Network in January 2006, to high ratings and an immediate admiration for the title character. The successful series spawned three additional, original, animated series (Ben 10 Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Omniverse), one animated movie (Ben 10: Secret Of The Omnitrix), and two live-action movies (Ben 10: Race Against Time, Ben 10: Alien Swarm). The adventure began when 10-year-old Ben Tennyson discovered a strange alien device, The Omnitrix, which locks itself onto his wrist and allows Ben to morph temporarily into one of 10 alien heroes. The global Big 10 franchise for Cartoon Network has generated more than $4.5 billion in global retail sales to date.
“We decided it was time to introduce Ben to a new generation of kids,” said Cartoon Network Chief Content Officer Rob Sorcher. “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.”