Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Why 'Ben 10' Sucks

I know it may seem like I'm just an angry ball of negativity, but some things just need to be said. One of those things is Cartoon Network's new series 'Ben 10' sucks. Overall, the series is basically leftovers from 'Teen Titans' (another series which produces a vast field of suckiness, but that's for another entry), using what looks like old monster designs by Murakami that never made the air(oddly enough, Bruce Timm has stated if not for Murakami's talent for drawing 'strange alien creatures', he'd never have been hired many years ago).

Besides the 'leftover serving' feeling that 'Ben 10' has, there's something else that bothers me. The premise of the series is a young boy finds an alien device that turns him into different superheroes every time he uses it. Hmm, now where have I heard of this premise before?

Ahh, that's right. Overall, that sums up my feelings. 'Ben 10' is about using the premise of 'Dial H for Hero' by using the leftover scrapings from 'Teen Titans' without having to pay the owner any money whatsoever.

I've never subjected myself to more than one full episode of the series, but what I've seen isn't promising. The main character, Ben, is a rather mean spirited, unintelligent child. A strange part of me cannot watch a television program when there is a lack of someone to 'root' for, so to speak. But here we are, with bargain basement superhero toons, made up from leftovers from another series and using an idea without having to pay for it.


Blogger Captain Sarcasm said...

So what the hell's wrong with using ideas from Dial H for Hero?

It's not like after Superman, nobody ever made a flying, strong superhero ever again?

You can't just say "Oh, this copied ideas!" and have that instantly equal bad. You have to explain *why* that's bad. If you can't, you have nothing.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, he /did/ explain why. They didn't just copy... they copied badly, with no homage paid to their source (it's generally, ya know, a sign of respect to acknowledge when you're, ahem, borrowing, even legally), and most importantly, the protagonist is an unsympathetic little shit.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Captain Sarcasm said...

That's beside the point. The fact that an idea was copied does not mean that what was done with the idea is bad. It's A-C logic.

A: They copied their premise from something else!
C: It's bad!

7:51 PM  
Blogger CrossoverManiac said...

Using the Superman analogy, making another flying superhero isn't a ripoff. Making another flying superhero from another planet who was orphened on Earth after his home planet exploded, raised by farmers, became a reporter, has a bald-haired evil genious as an arch nemesis, and a reporter girlfriend is a ripoff of Superman.

2:53 AM  
Blogger CupidGirl said...

Dial H for Hero: a guy finds a magical dial that enables him to turn into different super heroes.The kid,the alien device and the alien species are Ben 10 stuff,and Man Of Action did said that Ben 10 is based on Silver Age heroes,including Dial H for Hero.His original design was a tribute to this comic.And about the kid being a stuck-up brat...well,he's a 10 year old fellow who has no friends,except his grandfather,what did you expected?People like that usually relies on "humor" to make things easier.Besides,even in the pilot episode he shows being altruistic,by trying to help a classmate

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I know is I just got into Ben 10...at 36 years old. I don't even like many cartoons. But something about the intensity of Ben and his attractive sister gripped me. This was only weeks ago. I travel on the road a lot and am limited to stations from motel 6 TV. So anyways I wake up to the "NEW" Ben 10.....Its...immature. Far less intensity in character...no attractive sis??? It SUCKS! Plain and simple...not special as it was. Not mysterious, just sucky. Its a travesty of comic art, writing included in that statement.
You people just lost one potential fan.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely disagree. I don't think Ben 10 sucks at all. It's a great show with lots of potential, great characters, and interesting plot. I don't really like teen titans, but I won't get into that. Ben 10, on the other hand, actually shows how the characters grow and develop, into who they are now. Ben 10 has great message behind it that being yourself is the best you really can be,and it demonstrates how some kids these days just wish they were someone else. Thats why they look up to ben 10. I realy dont think the "changing into aliens" thing is over done. But on the other hand, Teen titans has a group of super heros... where have we heard that before? Lots of places. Ben 10 is a unique T.V show.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben 10 suck suck and again suck

11:35 AM  
Blogger rick_randy said...

Ben 10 for what it is a good cartoon although the character design look unfinished and it seems to lack the polish tnmt had though it is made by the same guy from murakami and wolf studios (became mirage) . The way the characters are drawm could have been a little more defined to give that extra distinction look between gwen,kevin and ben.also in terms of movement, it doesnt seem as smooth as it is meant to be (maybe much less in between artists). What really lets it down for me is the pallete.
The colors used in the background are the same for the characters giving it a flat look . the pallete itself are too dark even
on day settings and depending on what color the characters characters blend in too well with the bavkround even when they are not meant to. don't get me wrong I like ben 10(all of them) but if they used the pallete tnmt turtles (mirage studio version)
It would have made it look as good as it deserve adding a little depth between characters and bavkground.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree. There is no point watching a stupid little kid turn into "aliens". its not worth it.

4:08 PM  

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