Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ben 10 returning to the Cartoon Network in 2016 with a new version exactly 10 years after it started; will be seen on DStv before America.

Ben 10 is returning to the Cartoon Network (DStv 301) next year with new episodes and a new look as the animation show gets reset for a new generation of young viewers exactly a decade after it first began in 2006.

Cartoon Network Studios will produce a brand-new Ben 10 which will start in 2016 on Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network.

Interestingly, the new Ben 10 will first be seen on Cartoon Network's global versions like on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform across Africa and on the version of the channel elsewhere in the world, before starting on the Cartoon Network in the United States in 2017.

The original Ben 10 was a ratings hit, and spawned multiple live-action movies, an animation movie, as well as additional animation series like Ben 10 Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omniverse which all saw the character grow and develop.

The new Ben 10, revolving around the 10-year old kid hero Ben Tennyson who can transform into different aliens for different tasks and different fights as he tries to protect the galaxy, will have both fan-favourite as well as many new aliens.

The new Ben 10 will start when Ben, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max travel the country during summer vacation when Ben finds the mysterious Omnitrix which allows his to transform into various aliens.

"We decided it was time to introduce Ben to a new generation of kids," says Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network chief content officer. "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."

So far the Ben 10 franchise has raked up more than $4.5 billion in global retail sales to date thanks to toys, clothes, interactive games and of course the show.