Cartoon Network Releases A New Interactive Story Experience Ben 10: It’s Hero Time For Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition
Cartoon Network has released a new Ben 10 themed interactive story experience called “Ben 10: It’s Hero Time” now available for Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime on Alexa. Ben 10: It’s Hero Time lets players guide the alien transforming hero – Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max on an audio adventure. Players can make choices through vocal responses, each choice can change the course of the story, as Ben travels around the world with his family and fights bad guys. The story experience is available for free and can be used as a skill though Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice assistant service.
Ben 10: It’s Hero Time also includes a Ben 10 chime kids which can be used for timers, clocks and reminders with Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime on Alexa. Echo Dot Kids Edition is now available to buy at www.amazon.com/echo-dot-kids-edition. Each Echo Dot Kids Edition includes a year’s free subscription of FreeTime Unlimited, which comes with fun and educational activities, as well as child-friendly Audible books, music and games.
From The Turner USA Press Release (via Gamasutra): Cartoon Network Releases Ben 10: It’s Hero Time Interactive Adventure Exclusively For Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition
Cartoon Network has released Ben 10: It’s Hero Time, a new interactive story experience available now exclusively through Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime on Alexa, which launch today. Based on Ben 10, the original animated series produced by Cartoon Network Studios about a kid superhero who can transform into different aliens, this voice-based choose-your-own-adventure experience is free to enjoy as a skill through Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service.
Ben 10: It’s Hero Time lets players guide Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max on an imaginative voice-first adventure powered by their own choices. As the journey progresses, players’ vocal responses will determine which direction the story takes, as Ben travels the world with his family, takes down bad guys and saves the day. It’s hero time!
Ben 10: It’s Hero Time also includes a special Ben 10 chime kids can use for timers, clocks and reminders with Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime on Alexa.
Designed for endless fun with kids at heart, Echo Dot Kids Edition is a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker featuring Alexa. Just ask, and Alexa will play age-appropriate music, tell stories, answer questions, and more. Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime on Alexa combine all of Amazon’s best kids experiences with convenient FreeTime parental controls, making it easy to set daily time limits and review activity from Amazon’s online Parent Dashboard.
Echo Dot Kids Edition is available to purchase now at www.amazon.com/echo-dot-kids-edition and includes a year of FreeTime Unlimited, which comes packed with fun and educational activities, as well as a kid-friendly collection of Audible books, music and games.
Join Ben, Gwen and Grandpa Max in a choose your own adventure story!
Cartoon Network USA The Digital Buzz Week Of 7th May 2018: New Episodes Of Ben 10 And The Powerpuff Girls And Drawn: The Story Of Animation Podcast Episode 2: From The Turner USA Press Release
What’s New on the App?
Available Now: Ben 10
Don’t miss five all-new episodes of Ben 10 on the Cartoon Network app as Ben Tennyson contemplates becoming a solo hero, learns his biggest lesson yet and more. Watch the episodes now before they air.
Three Seasons of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Now Available in Spanish
Fan-favorite series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu takes over the Cartoon Network app with 40 episodes in Español from seasons four, five and six. Stream it now!
The Powerpuff Girls
Available On: Friday, May 11th
The Powerpuff Girls join forces to stop the Fashionistas from putting Townsville under a spell and more in eight new episodes coming this Friday, May 11th ahead of their linear premieres.
Download the Cartoon Network app below:
Buy it Now, Watch it Now: Cartoon Network Originals
Adventure Time Character Collections
It’s Adventure Time on EST! Cartoon Network fans can see episodes featuring beloved characters Finn and Jake in two special collections. Purchase them now on the platforms below:
Cartoon Network and HowStuffWorks Podcast: Drawn: The Story of Animation
Episode Two: Before They Were Icons Streaming Tuesday, May 8th
Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse are stars in their own right, but there were cartoons before either of those characters existed. What sorts of creatures and comics were dancing across screens in animations early days? Listen to the new episode available tomorrow on the platforms below:
Interview With The Band Behind Ninjago: Dan And George From The Fold: Full Ninjago Discography To Be Released This Friday! (16th February)
The Fold – the band behind many of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu’s songs including the show’s theme song will be releasing their full Ninjago discography this Friday (16th February). Over the weekend, I was given the opportunity to interview bandmates and brothers – Daniel and George Castady about the full music release Ninjago fans have been waiting for! The discography CD release entitled “All Ages: Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Complete Ninjago Discography of The Fold” will include all the songs by the band as featured in the show, a special bonus disc and a lyric book.
The double disc collection will be available to buy on The Fold’s store on Amazon.com in the United States, U.S. and international fans will also be able to buy the CD release on The Fold’s online store at http://www.thefold.bigcartel.com, signed copies will also be available.
Before getting into the interview, I would like to say thank you to Dan and George and also to the people who have given me questions to ask the band, I hope Ninjago fans will find it to be an enjoyable and informative read!
DC = Daniel Castady GC = George Castady
How did the band start and how did you get your musical style?
DC: The Fold began in 2006. We grew up playing in local punk bands, so the style kind of came out of that, and where we grew up (Villa Park, IL). It seemed like everyone we knew was in a band at the time, and we all liked the same bigger bands, so I think they influenced us a lot (Face to Face, NOFX, Goldfinger, Green Day, to name a few!)
How did you get the opportunity to produce the theme song (The Weekend Whip) for Ninjago and other songs in the show?
DC: Apparently a fella named Mike Kramer was in one of those bands we played with in the early days of The Fold, and by the time Ninjago was being dreamed up Mike had moved to LA to become a composer, scoring soundtracks for things like TV and film. Well, Jeppe Riddervold, the show’s music director, asked Mike if he had any ideas on someone who could sing a poppy, fun, punk-tinged theme song for Ninjago, and he suggested ME! The rest, is Ninjago history. =)
What songs have you worked on for the new Ninjago season (Season 8) – Sons of Garmadon?
DC: For whatever reason no original music from The Fold was created for Season 8. We’ll be back for Season 9, but since we had a little break, we wanted to use the opportunity to respond to lots of fans who have requested “hard copies” (CDs) of our music from the show over the years… So we’re putting out a complete discography containing everything we’ve done so far for Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. It’s almost 30 songs! It’s been such an incredible journey, so to quote our most recent Ninjago song, we thought… “THE TIME IS NOW!” It’s coming out as a double disc digipak set of physical CDs that you can actually touch and hold! =) It’s even got a full lyric booklet for all the songs! It’s coming out this Friday, February 16th. It will be available on our Amazon.com store here in the states, and worldwide through www.thefold.bigcartel.com (we will even be offering a signed copy at that link).
GC: Yeah, this seemed like something that was necessary to have out there for people who like what we’ve done on the show and we’ve been talking about it for years. Now people can have it all for a really affordable price. The title ALL AGES really sums up our whole journey with the show with a double entendre, in true Ninjago lyric style.
Each song matches the theme and tone of each season/story arc very well (including each remix variation of the theme song), do you get some ideas from Lego’s creative team or do you have other sources of inspiration?
GC: It’s come in a few different forms over the years. A few of the seasons, we had some phone calls with LEGO and got a general direction in place, maybe a song title or two, and then we just read the scripts, watched the episodes and got to work writing our songs. Other times, things were more abstract, so we write around general themes and decide on song titles. Rebooted was more like the latter, whereas Hands of Time was more cut and dried — where we knew that the songs we would be writing would consist of a Whip remix, a hero song and a bad guy song.
I’ve heard that Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu has been renewed for a ninth season, will the band be making songs for this season?
DC: Heck yeah, we sure hope so!
GC: We are beyond excited for season 9. We got to chat with the Hageman Bros at the Ninjago Movie premiere and they told us some stuff that’s gonna blow your mind! They also did a little writeup on The Fold for our insert on ALL AGES! As a band and fans of the show, we’re grateful to those guys for making Ninjago into all it has become.
What is your favourite season of Ninjago? (can be single episodes or The Lego Ninjago Movie)
DC: I bet George and I have different favorite seasons, but for me it will always be Rebooted because it was the first time I got the feeling that something magical and sustainable was happening with Ninjago. Even then, I never thought we’d be sitting here 8 seasons later talking about it. This show seriously has a life of it’s own!
GC: If I could pick two, I really liked Tournament of Elements as well as Skybound. I think all the new characters in those two seasons were really funny and opened up the show in a cool way. The music on those two seasons is also among my favorite that we’ve made.
From a creative perspective, what song on the show are you most proud of and why?
DC: After the Blackout, because it represents a lot of the music we grew up listening to, while also capturing the energy in that season of Ninjago. It felt like we got to channel our own upbringing, and use it for the good of Ninjago! =)
GC: Full Digital if only for the bridge section. It became part of a video we did on our YouTube channel that Zane dies.. It gave me chills when we were writing it and that scene matches it so perfectly. The lyrics for that one also felt really aligned with the tone of the season.
What is your favourite Cartoon Network show (apart from Ninjago)?
DC: Not sure on this one, George do you know of any?
GC: Hmmm, if I’m watching Cartoon Network it’s going to be for Ninjago, at least so far!
Check out The Fold’s website and social media accounts to find out more about the band:
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