Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
20 February 2012
Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 is set to Hero Up in his first CGI movie
Cartoon Network is proud to announce that its alien-morphing boy hero, Ben 10, will star in his first CGI animated TV movie: Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, airing on African screens at 09:00 am on 17 March 2012.*
Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens turns the clock back to 10-year-old Ben Tennyson, struggling with teachers, detention, school bullies and the dreadful fate of missing out on his weekend fishing trip with Grandpa Max, when grounded by his parents.
Desperate times call for desperate measures as Ben jumps at the chance to escape from it all at the Total Alien Immersion training program on the far side of the galaxy. Little does Ben realize the irreversible consequences of the program which sends him crashing back to earth stuck in his alien form battling an all-new evil alien, Mechamorph Warrior.
“Ben 10’s enduring popularity with kids is undeniable and this movie brings the hugely successful franchise to an exciting new level. Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens is set to entertain its legions of fans with the 2012’s TV movie event of the year and its never-seen-before CGI effects,” said Alan Musa, Vice President and General Manager Turner Broadcasting Middle East, Africa and Pan-Europe
Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens is written by Marty Isenberg and directed by Victor Cook (best known for producing and developing the television series The Spectacular Spider-Man and Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated) and features the original voice actors from the Ben 10 animated series.
*The repeat of this movie is aired Friday, 23 March 2012 at 17:50
Cast list and credits
- Victor Cook is Supervising Producer and Director
- Silas Hickey is Executive Producer
- Tara Strong as Ben and Upgrade
- Meagan Smith as Gwen
- Paul Eiding as Grandpa Max
- Steve Blum as Heatblast
- Dee Bradley Baker as Stinkfly and Wildmutt
- Richard McGonagle as Fourarms
- Richard Horvitz as Grey Matter
- Jim Ward as Diamondhead
- 45 million toys sold to date across EMEA
- 2 million DVDs sold
- 2.5 million video games sold
- More than 12 million collectable and trading cards
- More than 250 million branded packs sold
- 292 million Game Creator on-line games played
- Consistently among TOP 5 licensing properties
- 9 Toy & Licensing Awards
Victor Cook, Director, Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
Victor Cook is the Director and Supervising Producer of Cartoon Network's TV movie, Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, which features the original classic Ben 10 characters in their first CGI full length adventure. Victor's extensive animation experience includes directing and producing for many animation studios including Warner Brothers Animation, Disney TV Animation, Sony Animation, Film Roman, and Cartoon Network / Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc.
In addition to Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, Victor's most recent credit is Supervising Director for Warner Brothers Animation's Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the hit series which airs on Cartoon Network and was nominated for a 2010 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice award. Victor's other credits include Supervising Producer and Supervising Director of The Spectacular Spider-Man, which was awarded IGN's Best Animated Series for 2008 and 2009.
Some of Vicotr’s other series credits are Producer and Director on Lilo and Stitch the series, Director on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Director on the Emmy nominated series The Legend of Tarzan and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. DVD feature credits include Director of Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron. Victor also created Mecha-Nation, a three issue comic book series published by APE Entertainment.
Born in Japan, Victor spent his early childhood in Texas and Florida. Always drawing, he became an avid fan of animation and collector of DC and Marvel Comics. His middle school years through most of high school were spent on Okinawa, Japan, where his love of comics and animation extended to Manga and anime.
This fusion of American and Asian comics and animation has influenced him as an animation artist ever since. After finishing high school in Central California, Victor studied at the American Animation Institute and attended California State University, Long Beach, where he drew a comic strip for the Daily 49’er campus newspaper. Victor was a contributing political cartoonist for The Daily Pilot in Southern California before launching his career in animation.
Director – Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
- Tell us about your role in Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens.
I am the Director and Supervising Producer for Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens. I creatively oversee every aspect of the movie, from script notes, recording of the actors, CG models, set dress, storyboards, color, layout, animation, lighting, music and sound effects, to editing the final picture.
- Destroy All Aliens took Ben back in time when he was 10 years old; any reason why?
The original Ben 10 series is still hugely popular all over the world. Fans love the mix of action and humor and the character relationshipsbetween Ben, Gwen and Max. And it is just plain fun to revisit these early days when the Omnitrix is still new to Ben and he is learning about what it takes to ‘Hero Up’.
- There is a new villain, Mechamorph Warrior, in this movie. Tell us a little about him.
Mechamorph is the same species as Upgrade, but with blue body lines instead of green. The Mechamorph warrior is bent on revenge against Ben and his aliens transformations. He mistakenly blames Ben for something he didn't do and is on a relentless mission to destroy him, and to destroy all aliens.
Mechamorph’s personality is fierce, but like Upgrade, his shape is round and friendly. I decided early on to have this Mechamorph transform into a more threatening form. You'll see the Mechamorph warrior morph from his ‘Upgrade shape’ to a formidable ‘battle bot’ shape, fully loaded with awesome high tech weapons.
- How did the cross-Pacific collaboration work? Numerous conference calls?
The movie was conceived and executive produced by Cartoon Network Asia.
Although the CG production was done in Asia, the preproduction was done through Monkey Punch Studio in Burbank. There was most definitely cross-Pacific collaboration with weekly phone calls between myself, Executive Producer Silas Hickey and the CG studio. After completing the storyboards in Burbank, I was able to view dailies from the CG studio via an ftp site. On a daily basis, the CG studio would send models, set dress, layout, greyscale polish, lighting mock ups and animation for me to view, and give director notes on.
- Tell us what stands out most in Destroy All Aliens, besides the 3D format.
Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens features the original series characters in a brand new story. The original voice cast members reprisetheir roles and they did a fantastic job.
- How did the story for Destroy All Aliens come about?
Cartoon Network Asia really wanted to revisit the original series characters, but present them in a new way in CG. The team brought in Marty Isenberg to develop some possible storylines. Together with Executive Producer Silas Hickey, we developed and made a CG short. With the short, we developed the CG models for Ben, Gwen, Four Arms and Way Big and the environment of Petropia. It tested what we could do with animation movement and action and was a springboard for the movie.
- What was the reason to make this movie in 3D?
To be able to show the original Ben 10 characters in a way that hasn't been done before. The medium allowed for the visual storytelling to be more dynamic and cinematic.
- What was most challenging in making the movie?
I always love a good challenge as it ensures the best is brought out in the creative team. First off was translating the 2D designs into a CG world. The CG character models needed to retain the iconic look and silhouettes of the original series’ 2D designs. Being able to decide the textures and surfaces of all the aliens was a fun challenge and I’m really thrilled with the final result.
Believe it or not, making the characters walkcorrectly was a huge challenge. Sounds like it would be simple, but it was more difficult than setting the explosions and laser blasts! Other challenges were choreographing the action sequences and mapping out the color pacing within a tight production schedule.
The number one challenge is always to push the quality and raise the bar as much as possible in the time available to make the picture. When we started there was only one CG action show on TV. Now there are more. The audience is aware of a certain quality level to expect for action CG for TV which we had to try to meet or top. Oddly, another challenge for me was Tetrax and Diamond Heads’ skin, settling on the texture was strangely difficult for me.
- Did you visit the studio in Singapore which made this movie? Tell us about the experience working with them.
Of course! I really like interacting with the animators and the other CG artists. They are a very enthusiastic team and Singapore is a great place with an all English-speaking crew, so it was very easy to communicate.
Many are into the same geeky stuff that I am into, comics, sci-fi, superheroes and toys. I have some super high expectations in terms of quality output, and the team really rose to the occasion for this movie.
- What are you most proud of about Destroy All Aliens?
Definitely all the hard work and passion everyone poured into making this movie. And of course my thanks to Cartoon Network Asia who invited me to be a part of bringing Ben 10's first CG movie to life.The biggest highlight for me was watching the opening two minutes of footage at the Ben 10 panel at the 2011 Comic Con. Nothing beats watching audience reaction. It’s a real buzz.
- What can Ben 10 fans look out for/expect when the movie comes out?
They will learn something new about one of the alien characters.They will see action that takes place in various locations around the world. They will see Ben and Gwen bickering.Did I also mention cool action sequences?
- Any tips for aspiring individuals looking to make it big in the animation industry?
Draw all the time. Study a lot of movies and animation. Make connections.
- What would you be if you’re not fiddling with cartoons/animation?
I’d most definitely be relaxing on a beach in Hawaii!
- Who’s your hero in the industry? Who inspires you?
Hayao Miyazaki - I love his work. I have been a fan since Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro and Totoro. I also think Brad Bird is a fantastic director -The Incredibles is one of my favorite movies.
- If you can be one of Ben’s alien heroes for one day, who would you be?
Probably Upgrade. From an animation aesthetic point of view, his look is just really cool!
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