Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

 
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Darker and still violent, this Ben 10 not for the sensitive.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Mixed messages: There’s a clear definition between good and evil, and the heroes always strive to preserve the greater good, even at their own expense. The show demonstrates the importance of teamwork and cooperation among friends and teammates, but also shows violence as a way to resolve disputes.

Positive role models

Ben struggles with his newfound fame but never lets it go to his head, as the safety of others is always his primary goal. His friends are supportive and always willing to lend a hand in his battles.

Violence & scariness

Ben and his friends have an arsenal of weapons for defense against their enemies. Kevin’s high-tech plane packs missiles for shooting down other aircraft, and Ben uses laser guns, sword-like objects, and the variety of special skills his alien forms boast. Some villainous characters are killed, but the actions are usually implied rather than seen.

Sexy stuff

Very mild flirting between teens. Rarely a girl kisses a boy on the cheek.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The Ben 10 series is tied to an extensive merchandise line of toys, books, and games.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon features more of the explosive exchanges that were prevalent in the two previous incarnations of the Ben 10 series, so if violence is an issue for you, then this one isn’t a good choice for your kids. Teenage Ben is a brooding hero who’s struggling with the double stresses of fighting aliens and managing his newfound worldwide notoriety, and the show feels a little more intense because of it. Alien monsters and Ben’s own transformations can be frightening for kids as well. In other words, tweens with a good grasp of fantasy vs. reality should be fine, but younger or more sensitive kids might find the show too scary.

What's the story?

BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN picks up where Alien Force left off, with now-16-year-old Ben Tennyson (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) still taking on a host of alien intruders to Earth. His enemies have gotten stronger and more elusive, but Ben’s acquired a revamped Omnitrix called an "Ultimatrix," which puts more variety and power at his fingertips. With his friends Gwen (Ashley Johnson) and Kevin (Greg Cipes) at his side, Ben also faces the daunting task of handling his newfound fame after his long-kept identity is revealed.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids who have followed Ben’s journey from the original show won’t notice many changes besides his age in this latest incarnation of the series. He’s still a morphing master, now drawing on an even more extensive wealth of alien forms and honed skills to wage war against the imposing creatures. In addition he sports slick new rides for both road and air travel, which is sure to impress gadget-loving tween boys.

That said, this grown-up Ben has more on his plate than just blasting aliens now that the whole world knows who he is, and it makes for some uncomfortable times when his efforts to help people are misinterpreted as menacing and dangerous. There’s a noticeable change in his demeanor, which is more brooding and reflective than jovial, and by association, the show seems slightly darker than in the past. Then, of course, there’s the frequent battles between the good guys and the bad, which might frighten kids and sends iffy messages about nonviolent methods of resolving conflict.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fantasy. What is fantasy? What aspects of this show are rooted in fantasy? How much of it is realistic? Is fantasy appropriate for everyone? How can you tell the difference? Do you like shows that have a lot of fantasy? Why or why not?

  • Tweens: Do you believe in the existence of aliens? What evidence exists to support the theory that they exist? Do you think we’ll ever know for sure if they do?

  • What did you think of the violence portrayed in this show? Was there too much violence? How does it compare to other cartoons you’ve seen? Is violence more upsetting when it’s in a live-action show than in a cartoon? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Ashley Johnson, Greg Cipes, Yuri Lowenthal
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written byShizukaVictoria May 31, 2011
 

Personally i give it a 3

Now about this show the themes are agreeable with coming of age,working together, etc. However, both my younger brothers watch this show and i dislike how its action,action,action,bad pun,action. Probably because im a huge fan of comedy so sorry if my review wont be so reliable. But the constant fighting of aliens and such make it very predictable and i personally think the show would be better off as a video game only. Theres rarely any need to think with this show, so if action really is your thing watch all you want.
Parent of a 9 year old Written bySPACEHERO55 June 22, 2010
 

Great Animated Action cartoon.

This is the 3rd incarnation of Ben 10 and while not a good as the original in my opinion it is still really good. I do wish the action scenes were better staged, story boarded and animated as they tend to get boring, but other than that it's a good show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old March 11, 2012
 

Ben 10: Still amazing!

Ben 10: is a show for anyone 4 and up, there may be violence, but just as much as the origanal Superman cartoon. Whoever said that there is kissing is wrong, and the only word that some parents may not want there kids saying that is in the show is butt, which was rarely said and only at the beggining when Ben rarely said "lets kick some butt!" Watch it on Youtube is a hilarious show as well and not "Dark!"
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

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