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 asAtomic Betty: Mission Earth (season 3)
Created by
  • Trevor Bentley
  • Mauro Casalese
  • Rob Davies
  • Olaf Miller
Developed byKevin Gillis
Voices of
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Atomic Betty Theme" by Tajja Isen
Ending theme"Atomic Betty Theme Remix"
ComposerLenz Entertainment
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • France[1]
Original languages
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes79 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Ira Levy
  • Peter Williamson
  • Kevin Gillis
  • Trevor Bentley
  • Philippe Alessandri
  • Simone Halberstadt Harari
  • Steven Hecht
Producers
  • Edward Peghin
  • Kevin Gillis
  • Bob Davies
  • Virginie Jallot
Running time22 minutes
11 minutes (segments)
60 minutes (The No L-9 special)
Production companies
DistributorBreakthrough Distribution
Release
Original networkCanada
Teletoon
France
M6 (Seasons 1–2)
Télétoon (Season 3)
Picture formatNTSC, SECAM
Original releaseAugust 29, 2004 (2004-08-29) –
January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29)

Atomic Betty (retitled Atomic Betty: Mission Earth[2] for its third and final season) is a Flash animated television series[3] produced by Atomic Cartoons, Breakthrough Entertainment, Tele Images Kids and Marathon Media. Additional funding for production is provided by Teletoon in Canada, Phil Roman Entertainment (uncredited) in the United States and M6 (seasons 1 and 2) and Télétoon (season 3) in France.[4]

In Canada, the series originally aired from August 29, 2004 [5][6] to January 29, 2008[7] on Teletoon, lasting for three years. In France, the series aired on M6 from 2004 to 2005 and then on Télétoon+ from 2006 to 2008. In the United States, the series aired on Cartoon Network from 2004 to 2005 and The Hub (now Discovery Family) from 2010 to 2011, with its third and final season.

Synopsis[edit]

Betty Barrett is a typical 12-year-old girl who enjoys school, daydreaming about living in outer space, sci-fi movies, and singing in her musical band, living in Moose Jaw Heights (a fictional suburb of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan).[8][9] Unknown to all of her friends and family, however, she is also a member of the Galactic Guardians, an elite team dedicated to interstellar crime-fighting and law enforcement. As "Atomic Betty", assisted by her two allies; the alien pilot Sparky and a robot named X-5, she confronts the evil overlord Maximus I.Q. and his servant Minimus, as well as other intergalactic supervillains, criminals, terrorists, and gangsters. Despite being rather unassuming on Earth, Atomic Betty is a superstar throughout the galaxy and even has a crowd of people who consider her their role model.

In each episode, a crisis occurs somewhere in the galaxy, usually while Betty enjoys some tasks with her friends. Invariably, her wristwatch begins beeping, and she runs off alone to save the galaxy in her nice pastel pink-and-white superpowered Galactic Guardian battle suit, which allows her a wide variety of weapons, gadgets, and supernatural abilities, such as flying. Accompanied by her crew, Betty takes over to fight the villains before returning home and mentioning her absence.

The show includes frequent references to other well-known works of pop culture, especially sci-fi, such as Star Wars, The Matrix and Transformers.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126CanadaAugust 29, 2004 (2004-08-29)2005 (2005)
U.S.September 17, 2004May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22)
227October 7, 2005 (2005-10-07)June 23, 2006 (2006-06-23)
326September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29)

Characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Atomic Cartoons, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, wrote the scripts and produced the animation for the series using Adobe Flash.[10] Tele Images Kids produced animation and voice direction for the French-language version of the series. Breakthrough Films & Television, through its distribution subsidiary, handled worldwide distribution outside of Canada, except Spain and Portugal.[11][failed verification]

Three seasons of the series were produced, 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.

Cancelled sequel[edit]

In 2010, Atomic Cartoons announced a sequel series was planned for a production titled Atomic Betty Redux. The series would have featured the 17-year-old Atomic Betty; her teenage future self that debuted in "The Future Is Now! Part Two".

It was slated to be released either in late 2013 or mid-2014 but entered development hell shortly after. In early 2019, a Reddit user emailed Atomic Cartoons regarding the series and the response was that the planned series had been cancelled due to the animation studio's desire to focus on new projects.[12][better source needed]

Broadcast[edit]

Atomic Betty premiered on Teletoon in Canada on August 29, 2004. The series was previously aired on Cartoon Network from September 17, 2004, to January 1, 2006, in the United States and The Hub (now Discovery Family) from October 10, 2010, to October 12, 2011.[13] It aired on CITV in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2006. The series formerly aired on Starz Kids and Family (first season only).[14] Recently, Kartoon Channel, an web-based cartoon streaming channel, is now airing all three seasons of the series. It also aired reruns in Canada on Cartoon Network until 2015 and BBC Kids until the channel was closed in 2018. It'll start airing reruns again in Canada on Disney Channel sometime in 2022.

Home media[edit]

Warner Home Video released two DVD volumes of the series on October 18, 2005, in Region 1[15][16][17] and February 6, 2006, in Japan. Each release contained eight segment-episodes from the first season. The other two volumes Betty Powers Up! and Betty Blasts Off![18] were planned but cancelled.

DVD title Season(s) Episode count Release date
Betty, Set, Go! 1 8 October 18, 2005
The season 1 compilation contained "Toxic Talent", "Spindly Tam Kanushu", "Atomic Roger", "Furball for the Sneeze", "The Really Big Game", "But the Cat Came Back", "The Doppelganger", and "The Incredible Shrinking Betty".
Bonus features include: "Toughest Chick in the Alien World" Atomic Betty Theme music video.
Betty to the Rescue! 1 8 October 18, 2005
The season 1 compilation contained "Maximus Displeasure", "Cosmic Cake", "Attack of the Evil Baby", "Crass Menagerie", "The Trouble with Triplets", "The Substitute", "Infantor Rules", and "Best (Mis)Laid Plans".
Bonus features include: an animated interview with Maximus and Minimus discuss Atomic Betty.

Merchandise[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Atomic Betty
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 2005
Recorded2004
GenrePop, electronica
Length33:32
LabelKoch

Atomic Betty is the official soundtrack to the television series of the same name. It was released by Koch Records (now eOne Music) on November 8, 2005, and contains some tracks performed by the titular character of the series, Betty Barrett, voiced by Canadian actress-singer Tajja Isen. She wrote and recorded that album in 2004. As of 2017, the album is still available on iTunes[19] and Amazon.[20]

No.TitleLength
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

Video game[edit]

A video game based on the series developed by Big Blue Bubble was released for the Game Boy Advance in Europe on August 25, 2005, and in North America on October 25, 2005.

Dolls and action figures[edit]

An Atomic Betty doll by Playmates Toys, standing atop a bookshelf
An Atomic Betty doll by Playmates Toys, standing atop a bookshelf

Hong Kong-based toy company Playmates Toys was chosen during the initial run of the Atomic Betty TV series in Canada to produce a coinciding toy line. The toy line included a variety of Betty Barrett character dolls (made of rubber, cloth, nylon and silicone), which featured both her iconic pink-and-white dress, and her regular school dress with a yellow sweater and green skirt. The dolls featured nylon hair that could be brushed and styled, similar to popular fashion dolls at the time such as Barbie and Bratz. A "Talking Betty Doll" was released in 2004, which would say the character's catchphrase "Atomic Betty, reporting for duty!" when a button on its abdomen was pressed. The doll was powered by AAA batteries and featured the same nylon hair as the smaller versions of the doll had. Other toys by Playmates included small plastic figurines of major supporting characters, and a large plastic "Transforming Star Cruiser" that certain Betty dolls could fit into and ride in.[21] Outside of Canada, United Kingdom-based toy company Character produced a line of Betty Barrett dolls for U.K. audiences, releasing a television commercial on CITV to advertise the dolls in 2005. Character's doll line was very similar to the Playmates doll line, but Character only made dolls of Betty, not any supporting characters. Accessories included a plastic playhouse, which was styled in a similar fashion to the house that Betty lived in on the series.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atomic Betty". London: British Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 24, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  2. ^ Clarke, Stewart (2008-10-16). "ITV buys new Atomic Betty". TBI Vision. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  3. ^ "Atomic Betty [TV Series]". Allmovie. Retrieved November 21, 2012. genres: Science Fiction
  4. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. pp. 18–19. ISBN 9781476672939.
  5. ^ "Breakthrough Animation Awards ATOMIC BETTY Worldwide Master Toy License to Playmates; Playmates Toys To Unveil ATOMIC BETTY Action Figures, Dolls and Accessories January '03". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. June 7, 2002. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-08-06. Retrieved 2002-08-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Atomic Betty (OAD: 08/04/2008)". Zap2it TV Listings. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  8. ^ "Saskatchewan Home To New Superhero," Hollywood North Report
  9. ^ "Mad Maximus". Atomic Betty. Season 2.
  10. ^ "Atomic Betty Complete (8 DVDs Box Set), BackToThe80sDVDs". www.backtothe80sdvds.com. Retrieved 2021-10-06.
  11. ^ Breakthrough Entertainment: Atomic Betty. Retrieved 2009-02-27
  12. ^ ExtensionEcho3 (2019-02-10). "PSA: There will be no Atomic Betty Redux!!". Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  13. ^ Thomas J. McLean (2010-09-08). "Atomic Betty Coming to The Hub". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  14. ^ "Distribution360 sends five kids series to Starz".
  15. ^ "Atomic Betty: Season 1, Volume 1 – Betty, Set, Go!". Warner Home Video. 18 October 2005. Retrieved October 18, 2005.
  16. ^ "Atomic Betty: Season 1, Volume 2 – Betty to the Rescue!". Warner Home Video. 18 October 2005. Retrieved October 18, 2005.
  17. ^ "And Blast Off! -- Warner Home Video and Breakthrough Entertainment Launch the Highly Anticipated Atomic Betty DVDs Throughout the Galaxy Including Planet Earth". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. August 11, 2005. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "Atomic Betty scrapped DVD volumes".
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Atomic Betty by Atomic Betty". iTunes Store. 2005-11-08. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  20. ^ "Atomic Betty: Music". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  21. ^ "Atomic Betty". figure-archive.net. Figure Archive. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  22. ^ "Character". www.character-online.com. Character.
  23. ^ "2005 Atomic Betty TV Commercial". www.youtube.com. Skylark24. Retrieved 4 November 2021.

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