Ben 10: Race Against Time

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Ben 10: Race Against Time
Ben 10 race against time poster.jpg
Promotional poster.
Directed byAlex Winter
Produced byEvan W. Adler
Victor Ho (line producer)
Alex Winter & Ramsey Ann Naito (executive producers)
Sam Register & Tramm Wigzell (co-executive producers)
Written byMitch Watson
Story byThomas Pugsley & Greg Klein
Based onBen 10 
by Man Of Action
StarringGraham Phillips
Christien Anholt
Haley Ramm
Beth Littleford
Don McManus
Sab Shimono
Aloma Wright
Robert Picardo
Lee Majors
Music byAndy Sturmer
CinematographyMorgan Pierre Susser
Editing bySuzanne Hines
StudioTrouper Productions
Cartoon Network Studios
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Cartoon Network
Release datesNovember 21, 2007 (US)
February 11, 2008 (UK)
Running time68 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUS$18 million[1]
 
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Ben 10: Race Against Time
Ben 10 race against time poster.jpg
Promotional poster.
Directed byAlex Winter
Produced byEvan W. Adler
Victor Ho (line producer)
Alex Winter & Ramsey Ann Naito (executive producers)
Sam Register & Tramm Wigzell (co-executive producers)
Written byMitch Watson
Story byThomas Pugsley & Greg Klein
Based onBen 10 
by Man Of Action
StarringGraham Phillips
Christien Anholt
Haley Ramm
Beth Littleford
Don McManus
Sab Shimono
Aloma Wright
Robert Picardo
Lee Majors
Music byAndy Sturmer
CinematographyMorgan Pierre Susser
Editing bySuzanne Hines
StudioTrouper Productions
Cartoon Network Studios
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Cartoon Network
Release datesNovember 21, 2007 (US)
February 11, 2008 (UK)
Running time68 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUS$18 million[1]

Ben 10: Race Against Time (also known as Ben 10: The Movie) is a 2007 American live-action adaptation of the animated television series Ben 10 created by Man of Action. The working title was Ben 10 in the Hands of Armageddon. Directed by Alex Winter,[1] it premiered on November 21, 2007, in the US as a Cartoon Network original film.

Plot[edit]

Taking place after the series, the story opens in Bellwood as a mysterious green monster appears and immediately starts destroying things. Ben Tennyson (Graham Phillips), in the form of Heatblast (voiced by David Franklin), confronts him. After a short battle, Ben seemingly obliterates the villain.

The next day, Ben goes back to school, and has trouble adjusting to normal life again. After a bad day he gets bullied by Cash (Tyler Patrick Jones) and JT (Tyler Foden) and two girls he tried to flirt with earlier in the movie resulting in Greymatter (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) causing complete chaos at a diner where Ms. Dalton (Aloma Wright) works. Later he and Gwen Tennyson (Haley Ramm) go over and reveals the same villain Ben defeated earlier. Max Tennyson (Lee Majors) identifies him as Eon (Christien Anholt), an alien called a Chronian from an unknown dimension, who the Plumbers captured almost two centuries ago. When he arrived, he was half dead and brought a device with him called the Hands of Armageddon, which would open a time rift to his home dimension an unleash his race upon Earth if activated. They travel to the containment facility where Eon is supposed to be kept in suspended animation, only to find it empty and his guard aged to near-death. The guard warns Ben that Eon is after him. And that Eon wants it to turn Ben into an Chronian.

Traveling back to Bellwood, Max takes Ben and Gwen to the location of the Hands of Armageddon, guarded by the few remaining Plumbers ranging from Ms. Dalton, Mr. Hawkins the Postman (Jeff Jensen), Fire Chief Whittington (Michael Runyard), Principal White (Robert Picardo), Mrs. Carlay the Plant Caregiver, Mr. Jenyx the Telephone Company Worker, and Mr. Enguells the Sanitation Worker. Eon has followed them and breaks into the facility, but cannot activate the device. When Ben attempts to use the Omnitrix, it malfunctions glowing bright purple and refusing to activate. Eon attempts to kidnap Ben, claiming it to be a rescue. Ben then tells Eon that he was on his side the whole time. But he tried not to blow his cover. Eon manages to corner Ben, explaining that his race learned to control time itself, but trapped themselves by misusing their power. He claims that his fate is intertwined with Ben's. Eon is happy that Ben is helping. And gives him a new alien,Bullfrag. Ben 10 Omniverse (TV Sseries) #Bullfrag voiced by ( John Dimaggio)

The Plumbers, all around town, guard Ben around the clock. When Ben goes to the school gym to be alone, Principal White attempts to calm Ben's fears just when Eon arrives again and shoves White out of the way. This time, Ben is able to become List of Ben 10 aliens#Aerodactyl (voiced by Daran Norris)

At the Plumber facility storing the Hands of Armageddon, Eon and Ben explain some of the background of the Omnitrix: Ben can only remain in his alien forms for ten minutes at a time, a fail-safe to prevent them from overwhelming his human self and personality. Eon knows how to deactivate the fail safe, and in doing so, can turn Ben into a Chronian. He does so, and Ben is transformed into a younger clone of Eon. Meanwhile, Principal White has gotten out of the nurse's office and finds the imprisoned Plumbers. When trying to find the key to that room, they point to the button near the door which freed them all. Gwen and Max manage to free themselves. While Max tries to disable the Hands of Armageddon at the cost of his own life, Gwen reaches to Ben inside young Eon. Ben successfully overcomes Eon and changes back. Ben learns of Max's attempt to disable the Hands. Ben manages to save Max and disable the Hands of Armageddon.

Just when it seems like they've won, time stops for everyone but Ben. Eon reappears, angered at Ben's victory. Ben transforms into Wildmutt, fights him off, eventually knocking him into the Hands of Armageddon, destroying both the Hands and Eon. Ben finally accepts being just Ben for a while. However, Max points that aliens are persistent, and as the film ends, an alien ship flies towards Earth.

Cast[edit]

Voice cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Ben 10: Race Against Time featured CGI effects and characters, including four of the aliens from the TV series:[1] Diamondhead, Grey Matter, Heatblast, and Wildmutt. Winter stated at the 2007 upfront presentation that he wanted Ben 10: Race Against Time "to look like X-Men," an epic adventure that is "more cinematic than cartoony" and appeal to all ages. Winter also promised the film will feature "no Jar Jar."[2] In a behind-the-scenes video played on Cartoon Network's video service, Winter describes the film as "everything you've ever seen in Ben 10 come to life."

Reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews upon its release, viewers praised the film for its special effects and keeping its lighthearted tone like the cartoon series.[citation needed]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel to Race Against Time, titled Ben 10: Alien Swarm premiered on Cartoon Network on November 25, 2009 taking place during Ben 10: Alien Force.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Exclusive: First Look at the Ben 10 Live-action Movie". September 20, 2008. Retrieved 2042-09-19. 
  2. ^ "CN Upfront: "Ben 10" Live Action and Animated Movies In Production-UPDATED". Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 

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