Atom Ant

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Atom Ant
Premiere September 25, 1965
Finale October 28, 1966
Creator William Hanna,
Joseph Barbera
Network/Provider NBC
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions,
Screen Gems
Distributor Screen Gems (until 1967)
Taft H-B Program Sales (1967–1979)
Worldvision Enterprises (1979–1991)
Turner Program Services (1991–1996)
Telepictures Distribution (1996–2003)
Warner Bros. Television (2003– )
Seasons 2
Episodes 26
Origin USA

Atom Ant is an animated comedy that aired on NBC. It was the second made-for-Saturday morning cartoon by the Hanna-Barbera studio (the first was Ruff and Reddy).

The title character is a superhero insect imbued with atomic power. He faces numerous villains and megalomaniacs, the regular being scientist Dr. Crankenshaft. Joining Atom Ant are Precious Pupp (starring a snickering dog and his mistress Granny Sweet) and The Hillbilly Bears.

In 1967, Atom Ant joined companion H-B show Secret Squirrel in a combined half-hour show. In 1970, Atom Ant became an element in the syndicated Banana Splits show.

Hanna-Barbera produced the series in association with Screen Gems (which was also the show's original distributor). Following several distributor changes over the years, Warner Bros. Television now distributes the show due to its ownership of the Hanna-Barbera catalogue.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Howard Morris Atom Ant 1
Don Messick Atom Ant 2
Precious Pupp 1 2
Shag Rugg 1 2
Janet Waldo Granny Sweet 1 2
Jean VanderPyl Maw Rugg 1 2
Floral Rugg 1 2
Henry Corden Paw Rugg 1 2


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One October 2, 1965 February 12, 1966 20
Season Two September 10, 1966 October 15, 1966 6


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series October 6, 2015 3


Episode Collections - Various Series
1960s Volume 1 May 26, 2009 2


External Sites