Atomic Cartoons

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Atomic Cartoons
FounderTrevor Bentley
Mauro Casalese
Olaf Miller
Rob Davies
Headquarters123 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5Y 1L8
Number of locations
3 (2020)
Key people
Jennifer McCarron (CEO)
Matthew Berkowitz (CCO)
Number of employees
>600 (2019)[1]
ParentThunderbird Entertainment

Atomic Cartoons is a Canadian animation studio founded in 1999 by Trevor Bentley, Mauro Casalese, Olaf Miller, Adam Ronald, and Rob Davies.[2][3] Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, it produces service animation for a wide variety of clients, as well as creating its own properties. Since 2015, the company has been owned by Thunderbird Entertainment.[4]


The studio was founded in March 1999 by Trevor Bentley, Mauro Casalese, Olaf Miller and Rob Davies.[5] Sent back to Vancouver after losing his job at Warner Bros. Animation following the cancellation of Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, Davies received a phone call from Sunwoo Entertainment's Jae Moh to help produce Milo's Bug Quest [ko]. Together with former Studio B Productions colleagues Miller and Bentley, as well as animator/character designer Casalese, the four launched Atomic Cartoons to assist in creating the series.[2]

Between 2004 and 2008, the company produced Atomic Betty for Teletoon in association with Breakthrough Entertainment and Tele Images Kids. Atomic's first fully original creation, the show's titular heroine served as the studio's mascot for a number of years.

In 2010, Miller left to launch his own studio. The following year, Jennifer McCarron was appointed head of production.[6] On July 8, 2015, Atomic Cartoons was acquired by Canadian production company Thunderbird Films.[4] The three founders remain on board. McCarron was named president and chief executive officer in 2016.[7]

In December 2018, the company opened a second animation studio in Ottawa, Ontario.[8] Its first project is the Netflix-original The Last Kids on Earth. By June 2020, the Ottawa location is expected to have 130-150 employees.[9]

In February 2020, Atomic Cartoons opened its third studio in Los Angeles, California.[10]


Title Years Network Co-Productions Notes
Spider-Man Unlimited 1999-2001 Fox Kids Marvel Studios
Saban Entertainment
Koko Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Dong Yang Animation
Courage The Cowardly Dog 1999-2002 Cartoon Network Stretch Films Additional storyboards only
Milo's Bug Quest 1999-2000 KBS 2TV Sunwoo Entertainment Character, prop and background designs, and storyboards[12]
Timber Wolf 2001 [13]
Max & Ruby 2002-2019 Treehouse TV Nelvana Based on the book series by Rosemary Wells.
Seasons 6-7 only, previously produced by Silver Lining Productions for the first five seasons, 9 Story Entertainment for seasons 3-5 and Chorion for seasons 4-5.
Atomic Betty 2004-2008 Teletoon
M6 (seasons 1–2)
Télétoon (season 3)
Breakthrough Entertainment
Tele Images Kids
Phil Roman Entertainment
Marathon Media
Johnny Test 2005-2014 Kids' WB (seasons 1-3)
Cartoon Network (seasons 4-6)
Cookie Jar Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation (seasons 1-2)
DHX Media (season 6)
Storyboards for the first season, animation service for seasons 4-6
Captain Flamingo 2006-2008 YTV
GMA Network
Breakthrough Films and Television
Heroic Film Company
Philippine Animation Studio Inc.
Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns 2008 PBS [16]
Babar and the Adventures of Badou 2010-2015 YTV
Disney Junior
LuxAnimation (seasons 1-2)
The Clifford Ross Company
Based on the original Babar books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff.
Computer-animated sequel and spin-off to the original Babar television series.
Transformers: Rescue Bots 2012-2016 Discovery Family Darby Pop Productions (season 1)
Hasbro Studios
Season 1 only, overtook by Vision Animation and Moody Street Productions for the second season and DHX Media Vancouver for the third and fourth seasons.
Rocket Monkeys 2013-2016 Teletoon Breakthrough Entertainment
Hornet Films
Ella the Elephant 2013-2014 TVOKids DHX Cookie Jar Inc.
FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment
Chub City 2014 Scrapped project


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