Maxwell Atoms

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Maxwell Atoms
Born Adam Burton
(1974-01-21) January 21, 1974 (age 42)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, US
Nationality American
Alma mater University of The Arts
Occupation Animator, screenwriter, television director, television producer, voice actor
Years active 1995–present

Maxwell Atoms (real name Adam Maxwell Burton; January 21, 1974) is an American animator, screenwriter and voice actor.

Early life[edit]

According to Atoms, his inspirations in cartooning started in school with surrealism, influenced by monster movies and old Saturday morning cartoons. Atoms has stated to interviewers that anything is possible in animation: the only limit is your imagination. Atoms grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is an animation graduate from the University of The Arts, Philadelphia. He got his first job as an intern at Film Roman at 22 years of age.


He is the creator of Cartoon Network's animated television series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy,[1] Evil Con Carne, and has developed a Billy & Mandy spin-off Halloween special called Underfist. Before he started working on his own series, Atoms was an intern at Film Roman, a freelance artist at Warner Bros., had a brief stint at WildBrain and had also worked on Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. Atoms got a job at Hanna-Barbera and as a writer and storyboard artist on Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel. Atoms also performed the voice of "Jeff the Spider" and "Piff" on The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and voiced "Cod Commando" on Evil Con Carne. He also voiced several additional characters in the TV-movie Billy & Mandy's Big Boogie Adventure. Atoms has been recognized several times for innovation and creativity in his work.

Atoms is good friends with fellow animator Tom "Mr." Warburton, creator of Codename: Kids Next Door and C. H. Greenblatt, the creator of Chowder. He and Tom have made multiple references to each other's shows and have made a cross-over TV movie, The Grim Adventures of the Kids Next Door. As well for C.H, Chowder made a brief cameo on Underfist. Atoms was also an executive producer and voice actor of the Disney show Fish Hooks with Noah Z. Jones.[2]

As of 2012, Atoms begun developing a new project entitled Dead Meat, "an awesome black comedy/buddy action/puppet gore web series",[3] which is still in production as of July 2013 and had a successful Kickstarter campaign as of November 15, 2013. In an interview in 2013, Atoms stated that the series would be posted somewhere on the internet once it is finished. In early 2014, Atoms stated that he hopes to get the series released in 2015.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat N/A Character designer
1998–99 Cow and Chicken N/A Writer, Storyboard Artist
1998–99 I Am Weasel N/A Props
Storyboard artist
2000 Poochini's Yard N/A Storyboard artist
2001–02 Grim & Evil N/A Creator
Writer and storyboard artist
Executive Producer
Character and Prop Designer
2003–08 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Jeff the Spider
Additional voices
Writer and storyboard artist
Executive producer
Character and Prop Designer
2003–04 Evil Con Carne Additional voices Creator
Writer and storyboard artist
Executive producer
Character and Prop Designer
2007 Chowder Additional voices Storyboard Artist
2010–14 Fish Hooks Additional voices Director
Storyboard artist
Executive producer
2016 Bunnicula (TV series) TBA Producer
N/A Dead Meat N/A Creator


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Billy and Mandy N/A Student film
2007 The Grim Adventures of the Kids Next Door N/A Writer
2007 Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure I'll Cut You Guy
Pirate #2
Burnt Skeleton Guard
2007 Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen Jeff the Spider, Mystery Announcer, Man Writer
2008 Underfist Jeff the Spider Writer

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Jeff the Spider


  1. Special internship, Film Roman. University of the Arts. 1996.
  2. Annie nomination (1998)- Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production. Cow & Chicken "The Karate Chick".
  3. Top Pick Cartoons (2001–02). TV Guide.
  4. Comic-Con (2005, 2006 and 2007).
  5. 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Children's Programming, 2007 – The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy


  1. ^ "Video Game Features, PC Game Features". Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Fish Hooks announcement" (Press release). Disney Channel Medianet. October 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
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