Atomic Betty

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Atomic Betty
Atomic Betty title card (season 1–2)
From left to right: Sparky, Betty, and X-5.
Also known as Atomic Betty: Mission Earth (season 3)
Genre Science fiction[1]
Format [1]
Created by
  • Trevor Bentley
  • Mauro Casalese
  • Rob Davies
  • Olaf Miller
Developed by Kevin Gillis
Voices of
Theme music composer
Composer(s) Lenz Entertainment
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • France
[2]
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78 (156 segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ira Levy
  • Peter Williamson
  • Kevin Gillis
  • Trevor Bentley
  • Philippe Alessandri
  • Simone Halberstadt Harari
  • Steven Hecht
Running time 22 minutes (11 minutes per segment)
Production company(s)
Distributor Distribution 360
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run August 29, 2004 (2004-08-29) – August 4, 2008 (2008-08-04)
External links
Distribution website
Production website

Atomic Betty (known as Atomic Betty: Mission Earth[3] for the third season) is a Canadian-French animated science fantasy television series[1] produced by Atomic Cartoons, Breakthrough Films & Television, and Tele Images Kids. Additional funding for production is provided by Teletoon in Canada and M6 (season 1–2) and Télétoon+ (season 3) in France.

On the Canadian channel Teletoon, the series originally aired on August 29, 2004[4] as a preview, while its last episode aired on August 4, 2008.[5]

Production[edit]

Atomic Cartoons, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, writes and produces the animation for the series using Adobe Flash. Tele Images Kids produces animation and voice direction for the French-language version of the series. Breakthrough Films & Television, through its distribution subsidiary, handles worldwide distribution outside of Canada, except Spain, Portugal and Andorra.[6]

Three seasons of the series have been produced to date, totaling 78 half-hour or 156 quarter-hour episodes, depending on the format shown in each market. There is also a one-hour Christmas special titled Atomic Betty: The No-L 9.

Story[edit]

Betty Barrett is a typical 12-year-old adolescent who enjoys school, daydreaming, science-fiction movies and singing in her band, living in Moose Jaw Heights (a fictional suburb of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan).[7][8]) However, Betty finds out she's a alien. Unknown to most of her friends and family, however, she is also a Galactic Guardian, dedicated to interstellar peacekeeping and law enforcement. As Atomic Betty, assisted by her pilot Sparky, and a robot named X-5, she confronts the evil overlord Maximus I.Q. (including Minimus) and other intergalactic supervillains. Despite being rather unassuming on Earth, Atomic Betty is a superstar throughout the galaxy and even has her own fan club of loyal followers.

In each episode, a crisis occurs somewhere in the galaxy, usually while Betty enjoys some activity with her friends. Invariably, her bracelet begins beeping, and she runs off alone to save the galaxy in her pretty light pink-and-white superpowered Galactic Guardian battle suit, which grants her a wide variety of weapons, gadgets and magical abilities. Accompanied by her crew, Betty manages to defeat the villains before returning home and explaining her absence.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Warner Home Video released two DVD volumes of the series on October 18, 2005 in North America and February 6, 2006 in Japan.

Volume 1 Betty, Set, Go
Chapter Ep. #/Prod. Code Episode Name Plots
1 04/02B Toxic Talent Maximus is using sound waves to torture the residents of Coolosia – could this be connected to the horrible sound at Betty's school's Talent Show?
2 07/04A Spindly Tam Kanushu Betty's old martial arts trainer, Spindly Tam Kanushu, is captured by Maximus, who wants him to train his Morbidian Blood Monks in the martial arts.
3 10/05B Atomic Roger After Betty gets an embarrassing haircut from her mom, she gets called on a mission to stop Maximus from stealing the galaxy's gold resources to build a golden statue of himself. Although another Galactic Guardian, Atomic Roger, keeps arriving and saving the day before she can and stealing all the glory. Will Betty lose the title of the Galaxy's greatest Galactic Guardian to Atomic Roger?
4 01/01A Furball for the Sneeze Purrsy accidentally stows away on Betty's ship as she is off to spy on Maximus' evil gathering and soon falls into Maximus' hands.
5 21/11A The Really Big Game On Earth, Betty and her dad compete in a fishing derby with Penelope and her father. In space DeGill has been captured by his old nemesis, the big game hunter Pontifadora the Conquistadora. Betty must help DeGill in time to return to the derby.
6 05/03A But the Cat Came Back Purssy keeps sneaking into Betty's room and messing it up while she's away on galactic missions. Betty finally scares him off – with help from an alien dragon – in time to accompany Noah to a dance.
7 03/02A The Doppelganger Betty and Noah get separated while visiting a house of mirrors at an amusement park and Betty is called off on a mission to protect a pair of scientists and their cargo from an evil shapeshifting spy known as The Chameleon.
8 43/22A The Incredible Shrinking Betty The evil two feet, three and a half inch tall villain Enormo has a device called the Reverse-Magnifying Ray, that shrinks anything it is zapped with. He manages to shrink Betty, Sparky, and X-5, who end up trapped in the fur of Enormo's large pet dog, Gryphon. The now incredibly small trio must battle this newly gigantic enemy and stop Enormo from shrinking everything in the universe.
Volume 2 Betty to the Rescue
Chapter Ep. #/Prod. Code Episode Name Plots
1 11/06A Maximus Displeasure Betty must stop Maximus from releasing a biochemical compound on the galaxy, and return home in time to clean up her mom's garden.
2 12/06B Cosmic Cake Maximus, along with Evil Chef Bernadette, has a birthday party for himself on the planet Celebra, including a cake with a mind controlling icing! While Penelope has her own birthday plans on Earth.
3 02/01B Attack of the Evil Baby Betty's fearful trip to the dentist to deal with a cavity is interrupted when she is called off to save the galaxy from the evil alien baby Infantor, who is draining magma from planets to mold to create action figures.
4 28/14B Crass Menagerie Betty is the toast of the galaxy and is letting all the admiration go to her head, while Sparky and X-5 feel left out. When Maximus captures Betty, she becomes the newest addition to his menagerie, a collection of rare beings and objects from around the galaxy, and Betty must rely on her recently scorned friends to rescue her.
5 31/16A The Trouble with Triplets Maximus uses the DNA from a lock of Betty's hair to create "better" versions of her that wreak havoc throughout the galaxy, while Betty gets blamed for the destruction as is pursued by the authorities. Betty must pursue Maximus and her clones and return to Earth in time to clog dance at the Heritage Days celebration.
6 14/07B The Substitute On Earth, Betty has new substitute teacher in her art class, while in space, Sparky and X-5 have gone missing. Betty scours the galaxy, and when she finds them, they seem different. Betty soon discovers they are actually Minimus and a Blood Monk in disguise. Now Betty must free her friends, who have been captured by Maximus and return to Earth before her art class ends.
7 38/19B Infantor Rules On Earth, Betty's parents compete against each other in bowling. In space, a much more dangerous game gets underway as Betty, Sparky, and X-5 are sucked into a hologame titled "Infantor Rules!". Inside the game, they must battle the game obstacles and Infantor himself. Good thing Sparky is an expert hologamer!
8 36/18B Best (Mis)Laid Plans Maximus steals the plans to a prototype Galactic Guardian spaceship, and Betty and her crew must infiltrate Maximus' lair to retrieve it. Meanwhile, on Earth, Betty must take Purrsy to the vet, where the precocious feline has a nasty run in with a piranha.

Broadcast[edit]

Atomic Betty fully premiered on Teletoon in Canada on Monday September 6, 2004, and on Cartoon Network in the United States on Friday September 17, 2004. After its cancellation in December 2005 (Cartoon Network), the series premiered on The Hub on Sunday October 10, 2010.[9] It currently airs on CITV.

Soundtrack[edit]

Atomic Betty
Soundtrack album by Tajja Isen
Released November 8, 2005
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop music
Length 33:32
Label Koch Records

Atomic Betty is the official soundtrack to the television series of the same name. It was released by Koch Records on November 8, 2005, and contains all 10 tracks performed by the titular character of the series, Betty Barrett, voiced by Canadian actor-singer Tajja Isen. She wrote and recorded that album in 2004. As of 2014, the album is still avaliable on iTunes[10] and Amazon.[11]

No. Title Length
1. "Atomic Betty Theme Song"   2:25
2. "Supersonic Tronic Kinda Girl"   4:09
3. "Alien Ball (Do The Betty!)"   3:22
4. "Dog Star Sirius"   2:30
5. "A Feeling Called Love"   4:47
6. "Hold On"   3:53
7. "Back In Space"   2:01
8. "This Cat Is Coming After You"   3:19
9. "That's What I Do"   4:12
10. "Don't Surrender"   4:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Atomic Betty [TV Series]". Allmovie. Retrieved November 21, 2012. "genres: Science Fiction" 
  2. ^ "Atomic Betty". British Film Institute. London. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Clarke, Stewart (2008-10-16). "ITV buys new Atomic Betty / TBI Vision TBI Vision". Tbivision.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Fall 2004 Highlights: Teletoon". Channel Canada. 2004-08-23. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Atomic Betty (OAD: 08/04/2008) - Zap2it TV Listings". Tvlistings.zap2it.com. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  6. ^ Breakthrough Entertainment: Atomic Betty Retrieved on 2009-02-27
  7. ^ "Saskatchewan Home To New Superhero," Hollywood North Report
  8. ^ "Mad Maximus". Atomic Betty. Season 2.
  9. ^ Thomas J. McLean (2010-09-08). "Atomic Betty Coming to The Hub". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Atomic Betty by Atomic Betty". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-11-08. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  11. ^ "Atomic Betty: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

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