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From left to right: Sparky, Betty, and X-5.
|Also known as||'Atomic Betty: Mission Earth (season 3)|
|Developed by||Kevin Gillis|
|Theme music composer||
|Opening theme||"Atomic Betty (Call Me Up)",
by Tajja Isen
|Ending theme||"Atomic Betty (Call Me Up)" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||78 (156 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes (11 minutes per segment)|
|Picture format||Flash cartoon|
|Original release||August 29, 2004– January 29, 2008|
Atomic Betty (known as Atomic Betty: Mission Earth for the third season) is a Canadian-French flash animated science fantasy television series produced by Atomic Cartoons, Breakthrough Entertainment, 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.
In Canada, the series originally aired from 2004 to 2008 on Teletoon. In the United States, the series aired on Cartoon Network from 2004 to 2006, as part of their Miguzi programming block, and then on the Hub Network (now Discovery Family) from 2010 to 2011, alongside its third season.
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.
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.
Betty Barrett is a typical 12-year-old preadolescent girl who enjoys school, daydreaming, science-fiction movies and singing in her band, living in Moose Jaw Heights (a fictional suburb of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan). Unknown to most of her friends and family, however, she is also a member of the Galactic Guardians, an elite team 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. and his lackey Minimus, as well as 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, such as flying. Accompanied by her crew, Betty manages to defeat the villains before returning home and explaining her absence.
There is some resemblance between the life of Betty Barrett and the life of Atomic Betty: e.g. Sparky, X-5, and the Star Cruiser are toys, Maximus I.Q. is the mischievous house cat, and Admiral DeGill is a fish in a tank.
Frequently, references to other movies are made, e.g. Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Indiana Jones, E.T., The Desert Planet, Matrix, The Graduate, Spiderman, Little Shop of Horrors, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Fly, Phantom of the Opera, MIB III, The Hobbit, King Kong, and the music video of Thriller.
|Chapter||Ep. #/Prod. Code||Episode Name||Plots|
|1||04/02B||Toxic Talent||Maximus is using sound waves to torture the residents of Coolosia, and this could 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 of the glory. Betty fights to keep from losing 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.|
|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 made with icing that can control other people's minds. This worsens when 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 of the admiration she receives 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 a 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. Fortunately, since Sparky is an expert hologamer, getting out of the game becomes slightly easier.|
|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.|
Atomic Betty premiered on Teletoon in Canada on August 29, 2004. It also aired on Cartoon Network in the United States from September 17, 2004 to May 22, 2005. The series was previously aired on The Hub from October 10, 2010 to October 12, 2011.  It currently airs on CITV.
|Soundtrack album by Tajja Isen|
|Released||November 8, 2005|
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 available on iTunes and Amazon.
|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|
|7.||"Back In Space"||2:01|
|8.||"This Cat Is Coming After You"||3:19|
|9.||"That's What I Do"||4:12|
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