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Ben 10 Omniverse: Rise of Heroes

Ben 10 Omniverse: Rise of Heroes

UPDATE: the new series is here! Cartoon Network has launched Ben 10: Omniverse. Let us know what you thought of the premiere episode, “The More Things Change”

We’ve only just recently gotten word of Ben 10’s upcoming video game, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction, but the folks behind the series aren’t done yet! Today, we can announce that TurnOut Ventures and Typhoon Games Studio have joined together to launch Ben 10 Omniverse: Rise of Heroes, the first multiplayer online game about the world of Ben 10. Currently available in Australia and Hong Kong, the game is set in the time between the original Ben 10 and Ben 10: Alien Force – prior to the newest series, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. Gamers can become a Bellwood Elementary School student with the ability to transform into one of three different alien forms, thanks to the Omnitrix. Sounds like a fun school to attend!

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Xenodrome Review

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We covered Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Xenodrome when it first came out several months ago, but since I had no access to a tablet (the game is out for iOS and Android-based devices) at that time, we were unable to post a proper review, and instead provided basic info about the game based on promotional materials and video demonstrations.

However, I now have access to an el cheapo generic Android tablet, and since I discovered that it’s good enough to run Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Xenodrome, I figured I might as well post a review.

Good news first: it’s a beautiful game that takes advantage of cel-shading techniques to provide 3D visuals that look like they were taken straight out of the cartoon. And it’s not resource-intensive, as evidenced by the fact that I can run it on my cheap tablet (which only had a 1 Ghz dual core processor and a Mali GPU.)

How Would You Fix Ben 10?

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Judging by all the comments made on our “Ben 10: Omnivese Art Style – Good or Bad?” post, very few Ben 10 fans liked the changes that Omniverse brought to the franchise. There are a number of complaints about the series, but the main ones concern the following:

Art Style

Many fans (including yours truly) feel that the art style of Ben 10: Omniverse is a downgrade, especially after the improvements seen during Ultimate Alien and the Generator Rex crossover. The new art style seems like it would fit in more with a preschool show or a comedy series – and while Ben 10 is known for its humor, it’s not exactly a comedy show but a proper action-adventure series. Whether the change in art style is meant to attract preschool viewers or simply because the animation is much easier to produce is beside the point, majority of existing fans were turned off so it’s not exactly working out too well.

NYCC Interview: Man of Action Studios’ Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau and Joe Kelly

ToonBarn's Marc Morrell Interviews Man of Action Studios at New York Comic Con 2012

Man of Action Studios is the bi-coastal production company responsible for such megahits as the Ben 10 empire and Generator Rex on Cartoon Network, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man for Disney XD, wildly successful video games, toy lines, comic books, graphic novels, stage productions, animation and a slew of upcoming feature films. They serve as front line creators, producers, writers and artists on many of their projects and are constantly creating more. A Man of Action is someone who gets things done. This perfectly describes each member of Man of Action Studios. Much like their super-powered protagonists existing across all platforms, Man of Action Studios is a creative collective that can generate and adapt ideas into the highest-rated television shows and best-selling merchandise in the US and around the world.

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Who are the men behind Man of Action Studios? I am glad you asked. Man of Action Studios began in 2000 as a group of four friends from diverse backgrounds: Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle, all graphic novelists with a strong appreciation for structure and storytelling, who wanted to do something bigger.

ToonOlympics Score Update for Semi-Finals Matches

ToonOlympics Semi-Final Bracket

The ToonOlympics Semi-Finals Voting is in full swing! However, it looks like the voting has stalled. We need more people to vote for your favorite cartoons in our 2 Semi-Final Matches. Here are the scores right now:

Match 21

The Legend of Korra (USA) – 16 votes
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (USA) – 14 votes

Match 22

Pocket Protectors (NEW ZEALAND) – 76 votes
Phineas and Ferb (USA) – 12 votes

ToonOlympics Score Update for Semi-Finals

ToonOlympics Semi-Final Bracket

The ToonOlympics Semi-Finals Voting is in full swing! However, it looks like the voting has stalled. We need more people to vote for your favorite cartoons in our 2 Semi-Final Matches. Here are the scores right now:

Match 21

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (USA) – 13 votes
The Legend of Korra (USA) – 12 votes

Match 22

Pocket Protectors (NEW ZEALAND) – 71 votes
Phineas and Ferb (USA) – 10 votes

CN Launches Ben 10 Marathon on Labor Day Weekend

CN Launches Ben 10 Marathon on Labor Day Weekend

Cartoon Network is powering up Labour Day’s long weekend with the ultimate Ben 10 Marathon, which started last Friday, August 31 at6 am, all the way to Monday, September 3 at 9 PM. You can catch your favourite Ben 10 episodes over the course of three action packed seasons, leading up to a special sneak peek episode of the much awaited fourth season, Ben 10: Omniverse, which airs on Monday, September 3 at 8:30 PM. Ben 10 fans can also catch the action-packed Canadian premiere of Ben 10: Destroy all Aliens on Monday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m.

ToonOlympics Semi-Final Match: Phineas and Ferb (USA) Vs. Pocket Protectors (New Zealand)

ToonOlympics Match 22 USA vs New Zealand

For our second semi-final match, we have a special treat for those of you that have been following the ToonOlympics since we started this competition on August 1 with the Opening Ceremonies. Now that we are on the last day of August, instead of showing the same information about the cartoons you have already seen, how about we interview the 2 cartoons that are competing today?

ToonOlympics Semi-Final Match: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (USA) Vs. The Legend of Korra (USA)

ToonOlympics Match 21 USA vs USA

ToonOlympics Final Four! That’s right! Only 3 matches left. One of these final four cartoons has to go home with nothing, while the other 3 all get Medals. If you’re wondering how we decide on who gets the Bronze Medal, here’s the method we use. After the voting is complete on Sunday Night at Midnight for the 2 Semi-Final Matches, we look at both losing cartoons. The cartoon with the most votes between the two losers becomes the Bronze Medal Winner.

ToonOlympics QuarterFinal Match USA Vs. France

ToonOlympics Match 17 USA vs France

Wow! We’ve reached the Quarterfinals of the ToonOlympics! We are down to only 8 Cartoons across 5 Countries. USA has 3 Cartoons in the running, while France has 2 and United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada each have 1. It’s been an incredible ride so far! Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to some of our second round participants. Those cartoons that were eliminated from the ToonOlympics were:

Sidekick (CANADA)
El Chavo (MEXICO)
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (ITALY)
Alf Proysens Barnesanger (NORWAY)
Escola Pra Cachorro (Doggy Day School) (BRAZIL)
Century Sonny (CHINA)
Zeke’s Pad (AUSTRALIA)
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (JAPAN)

As for the remaining cartoons in the contest, if we were to line up the medal winners just based on the number of total votes they have received so far, this is how the end result would look:

Phineas and Ferb (USA) – Gold – 112 votes
Pocket Protectors (NEW ZEALAND) – Silver – 34 votes
Totally Spies! (FRANCE) – Bronze – 31 votes

But, as we all know, that is not how this contest is judged. It’s the head-to-head match winners that count. So, since you are only allowed to vote once per computer, you’ll have to tell as many people as you can about the ToonOlympics. Share it everywhere you can: on Facebook, Twitter, emails, texts, cartoon forums sites, etc. Spread the links! Get the Vote out!

Here is how the brackets look for the QuarterFinal round of the ToonOlympics on ToonBarn:

ToonBarn's ToonOlympics QuarterFinal Bracket

The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 1st match of the Quarterfinal round. The matchup is between USA and France. The cartoon from USA is called The Legend of Korra. The Legend of Korra won its second round match by defeating Canada’s Sidekick 20-11. The Legend of Korra is going up against a French cartoon series called Zig and Sharko, which defeated Mexico’s El Chavo 13-3 in the second round.

ToonOlympics Second Round Match Norway Vs. France

ToonOlympics Match 12 Norway vs France

We just passed the halfway point of our ToonOlympics competition! The second half is certainly going to heat up the race to the finish. It only gets more difficult to decide between your favorite cartoons from here on out. This is where we separate the men from the boys. We haven’t heard anyone declare who will win yet. Let’s hear your predictions! And tell us why you think it will be the overall winner. Please comment below. Here is how the brackets look for the second round of the ToonOlympics on ToonBarn:

ToonBarn's ToonOlympics 2nd Round Bracket

Yesterday’s 3rd match of the second round has generated an early lead for USA’s Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.

Second Round Results:

Match 9:

The Legend of Korra (USA): 17
Sidekick (CANADA): 8

Match 10:

Zig and Sharko (FRANCE): 12
El Chavo (MEXICO): 3

Match 11:

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (USA): 13
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (Italy): 0

Remember, voting can continue through the end of the second round. Hurry ToonOlympians! There are only 7 days left to vote in the second round.

The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 4th match of the second round. The matchup is between Norway and France. The cartoon from Norway is called Alf Prøysens Barnesanger. Alf Prøysens Barnesanger is going up against a French cartoon series called Totally Spies!, which defeated Japan’s Doraemon in the first round.

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