BEN 10 VS. THE UNIVERSE: THE MOVIE – A DVD and Digital HD Review by John Strange
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Ten-year-old Ben Tennyson is Ben 10, the central character of this movie. The Cartoon Network show has existed for a couple of decades in various formats including one-of shorts (two), full TV series (four that I found), video games (three), and TV movies (three, including this one).
I got these numbers from Tara Short’s IMDb page. She is the voice actor who has voiced young Ben Tennyson since 2004. This 47-year-old voice actress has nearly 600 acting credits working on Ben 10, Teen Titans, DC Super Hero Girls, My Little Pony, and many more.
This is one of the interesting things about voice actors. The actor’s gender rarely determines what characters they work with. Their voice impersonations are what get them roles.
In Ben 10 Vs. The Universe: The Movie, Ben and Team Tennyson are faced with the destruction of Earth by an old foe, Vilgax. Ben disappears from radar as he is heading out into space to stop what they think is a meteor streaking toward the planet that could destroy all life.
While the remaining team members (Grandpa Max, Gwen, and Phil Billings) are left behind to do their best to stop Vilgax, Ben must prove to the creator of the Omnitrix that he is worthy to wear it.
Team Tennyson teams up with Kevin and his anti-Omnitrix to fight the villain. Eventually, Ben is allowed to get back to the Earth and the final battle begins.
For fans of the Ben 10 universe, this will be a “must-have” for the film. Sadly, the extras they included on the DVD are a mixed bag.
There are animated storyboards of several of the scenes from the movie (Animatics). Most people will look at these and go, “Huh?” There is also a slide show with stills from the movie, mostly character examples showing the front and back of each one (Image Gallery). Of the two, the Image Gallery is the one most worth viewing.
The overall rating that I have assigned to Ben 10 Vs. The Universe: The Movie is 4.5-stars, which I base on the story and the film overall. The extras are a 3-star rating, brought down by the Animatics featurette.
- Henrique Jardim, John McIntyre
- Tara Strong, Montse Hernandez, David Kaye, Greg Cipes, Yuri Lowenthal
- Image Gallery
- 69 Minutes
- 10 Minutes
- Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
- A/1 (U.S. and Canada only)
- 5 Stars
Bonus Features Rating:
- 2 Stars
Picture Quality Rating:
- 5 Stars
Audio Quality Rating:
- 5 Stars
Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars: Should add to your DVD collection at any cost
4 Stars: Worth owning, but try to catch it a sale
3 Stars: Plan to get it, but wait to buy it used
2 Stars: Worth taking a look at, but not owning
1 Star: Pick it up at a garage sale and use it for drinks
0 Stars: Makes a great Trap Shooting target