|Ten out of Ten|
Ben 10 was a great cartoon series that I think appeals to all ages. Even though it’s geared for children causing me to ignore it for most of it’s run, I found myself watching an episode on TV as I couldn’t find anything better on and then watching the next episode with some interest. The concept seems ridiculous, but it is a fresh and exciting retake on an old and proven concept. Much like Billy Batson of Captain Marvel and Shazam! fame, a young boy is granted incredible powers and abilities. But Ben transforms into a multitude of aliens with different bodies, powers, and attributes with super-alien science rather than magic.
What I truly enjoyed about the series was that Ben Tennyson is clearly a kid; he’s a cocky smart aleck whom ordinarily, would be the LAST person you would want to have given an item of incredible destructive power. And he proves it. Repeatedly. He shows abominable judgment, he abuses it for his own amusement, and shows very little control over it. And yet … Ben 10 is much more than that. Despite all of his failings, he demonstrates that he is honest and noble and kind and resourceful when the chips are down. Yeah, he’s a kid—but he’s also clearly a hero.
His supporting cast is no less stellar; the annoyingly bossy cousin and a kindly but eccentric grandfather. Even the villains that he faces are pretty good as well, having a certain level of menace and evilness to them. The voice actors are terrific in their roles; extremely believable, realistic, and personable. The animation is pretty good and the cast of aliens that Ben transforms into and faces are all extremely well-thought out and terrific. But what truly makes this cartoon series stand out is the storyline which has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. For me, I thought it was a Ten out of Ten.
|review||Ten out of Ten (4 out of 5)||SnowyMountain|
|news||DVD/Blu-Ray Releases: The Green Hornet Gets Into Another Dilemma||AndrewGodoski|
|Date of 1st Airing||Dec. 27, 2005|
|Date of Last Airing||April 15, 2008|
|Original Air Day||Saturday|
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