Atom Ant

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Atom Ant
Premiere September 25, 1965
Finale October 28, 1966
Creator William Hanna,
Joseph Barbera
Network NBC
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions,
Screen Gems
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. Warner Bros. Television 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