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Ben 10, later known as Ben 10 Classic or Classic Ben 10, is an American animated series created by the group Man of Action and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The pilot episode And Then There Were 10, aired on December 27, 2005, as part of a sneak peek of Cartoon Network's Saturday morning lineup.
Ten-year-old Ben Tennyson, his ten-year-old first cousin Gwen, and their paternal Grandpa Max start a summer camping trip across the United States. Ben and Gwen don't like each other's company and start fighting from the moment they set off. At a stop at night, Ben wanders into the woods to cool off and is almost crushed when a meteorite crash lands in front of him. Upon examining it, he discovers it is an alien cargo pod housing a mysterious, watch-like device called the Omnitrix. As Ben reaches inside for it, the device attaches itself permanently to his wrist. The device gives Ben the ability to transform into ten unique alien life-forms, each with their own physiques, powers, and abilities (though he retains his ten-year-old personality).
Over the course of the show, the family trio meet and fight dozens of villains, ranging from petty thugs, supernatural beings, and everything in between; more is learned about what the Omnitrix can do, and what Gwen and Max are capable of to support Ben in discovering how to use it; and Ben must learn what it means to be a superhero.
Main Article: Ben 10 Theme Song (Original Series)
All of the show's episode-to-episode soundtracks are synthesized, comprised of digital instruments and sounds made popular in the early 2000's. Most songs feature stringed instruments, synthesizers and drum samples to serve as modest background music, but sometimes during periods of high action, some rock elements like the electric guitar and more wild-sounding samples will come out. The soundtrack in some instances emulates the "alien sound" featured in classic Hollywood sci-fi movies of the 1950s, popularized through use of the theremin and other such electronic instruments.
- The series was initially set to run for only two seasons.
- The entire series takes place over the three month summer vacation.[pop-up 1]
- In the initial stages of the Original Series' development:
- The title of the show was Ben to the Tenth.[pop-up 2][pop-up 3]
- Gwen was written as a classmate who happened to be friends with Ben, and had no familial relation to him.[pop-up 4]
- Gwen canonically wasn't even supposed to come on a road trip. She was going to a summer study program instead.[pop-up 5]
- The black dots in the transformation sequences are Kirby dots.[AC 1]
- Ben 10 was produced in both 16:9 (HD) and 4:3 (SD/widescreen) formats, but was only aired in 4:3 due to restrictions put in place by Cartoon Network. As of June 14, 2015, all four seasons are available in HD and widescreen format on iTunes. Amazon Instant Video and Google Play has all four seasons in widescreen format.
- In 2016, Ben 10 was renamed Classic Ben 10 to differentiate from the 2016 reboot.
- In Norway, Sweden and Denmark, episodes 22 and 23, 24 and 25, and 27 and 28 switched places.
- In the latest reruns, the theme song has been shortened (except in the episodes Ben 10 vs. the Negative 10: Part 1 and 2). The current airings on Boomerang have now gone back to the original theme song's length.
- In Poland, episodes 50, 51, and 52 were switched in airing.
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