Secret Squirrel

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Secret Squirrel
Title card
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Written byMichael Maltese
Dalton Sandifer
Warren Foster
Tony Benedict
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofMel Blanc
Paul Frees
Theme music composerTed Nichols
Composer(s)Ted Nichols
Hoyt Curtin (stock music-uncredited)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (original)
13 (revived)
39 (total) (list of episodes)
Producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
DistributorScreen Gems (original)
Taft Broadcasting (former)
Worldvision Enterprises (former)
Great American Broadcasting (former)
Turner Entertainment (former)
Warner Bros. Television (current)
Original networkNBC
TBS (revived)

Secret Squirrel is a cartoon character created by Hanna-Barbera and also the name of his segment in The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show, which debuted in 1965. He was given his own show in 1966, but was reunited with Atom Ant for one more season in 1967. Secret first appeared in a prime-time animated special called The World of Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel, which aired on NBC on September 12, 1965. The show's half-hours included three individual cartoon segments: "Secret Squirrel", "Squiddly Diddly" and "Winsome Witch". Some people[who?] call him the James Bond of the rodent world.

Secret Squirrel was a parody of the spy genre, and most of the shorts parodied elements of the James Bond films. Secret Squirrel was also known as "Agent 000". In 1993, thirteen new Secret Squirrel cartoons appeared in-between the 2 Stupid Dogs episodes, with the updated title Super Secret Secret Squirrel and a new cast.

Character profile[edit]

Secret Squirrel (voiced with a slight lisp by Mel Blanc) serves as a secret agent, taking orders from his superior, Double-Q (voiced by Paul Frees), of the International Sneaky Service. His designation is Agent 000.[1] Secret Squirrel is assisted in his adventures by fez-wearing, bespectacled sidekick Morocco Mole (also voiced by Paul Frees impersonating Peter Lorre).[2] Morocco Mole has a thick Middle Eastern accent.

The pair fights crime and evil enemy agents using cunning and a variety of spy gadgets, including a machine gun cane, a collection of weapons kept inside Secret's trench coat which is also bulletproof, and a variety of devices concealed in his purple fedora (which has eye holes cut in it and which he almost never removes).

Secret Squirrel's recurring archenemy is Yellow Pinkie (also voiced by Frees), a parody of both Auric Goldfinger from Goldfinger and of Sydney Greenstreet's portrayal of the Kasper Gutman character from Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. The last three episodes introduced Hi-Spy (again voiced by Frees), a master of scientific criminology.

Broadcast history[edit]

The show's debut was on September 12, 1965 in The World of Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel prime-time special on NBC.

The original series was broadcast from October 2, 1965 to September 2, 1967. Secret Squirrel had his own show in 1966 and was then reunited with Atom Ant in 1967 until 1968. Episodes were broadcast in syndication and as part of The Banana Splits variety and compilation series.

Super Secret Secret Squirrel[edit]

Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole were revived in 1993 for back-up segments of TBS Superstation's animated series 2 Stupid Dogs. Titled Super Secret Secret Squirrel, these new cartoons featured Secret Squirrel (voiced by Jess Harnell) and Morocco Mole (voiced by Jim Cummings). 2 Stupid Dogs creator Donovan Cook was asked by then-new Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert to choose a classic studio cartoon to revive within the main show, and Super Secret Secret Squirrel was the result. After Cook guided the updated design with artists Paul Rudish and Craig McCracken, supervising producer Larry Huber, the "adult supervision" assigned by Seibert, was responsible for all further aspects of these cartoons. He assigned animator David Feiss to the storyboards to hilarious results, with the conventional wisdom that the cartoons had superior humor to the original, somewhat drab films. The reason to revive Secret Squirrel is because it was one of Cook's favorite Hanna-Barbera shows.

These segments featured different artwork compared to the original 1960s cartoons. All the characters inhabiting the world were now animals. Double-Q (voiced by Tony Jay), now simply called "the Chief", is now a Cape buffalo with a cherry-scented calabash pipe. Yellow Pinkie (voiced by Jim Cummings) is now a sea lion renamed Goldflipper and, despite being Secret Squirrel's archenemy, he only appeared in one episode of this version. These new shorts also introduced Penny (voiced by Kimmy Robertson), a female squirrel assistant to Double-Q (à la Miss Moneypenny) as a possible love interest for Secret Squirrel (as hinted at in the episodes "Queen Bea" and "Quark"). Morocco's color scheme has been redesigned, his wardrobe's palette has been swapped, he wears sunglasses and has an evil twin brother named Scirocco Mole (voiced by Jess Harnell). With the exception of "Egg" and "Agent Penny", every episode is named after the foes Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole encounter. Secret's art design remained relatively intact, but with a more modern design than the previous animated series' version of the character, featuring hard lines and sharper angles, giving him a leaner and more slick style.

His hat has a slightly different style. Secret also loses his signature lisp given to him by Blanc's portrayal similar to Sylvester the Cat (although it was paid homage in the episode "Goldflipper" where Secret spoke with it to mock Morocco's sudden lisp in that episode), but Harnell's portrayal gives Secret an update suave voice in reminiscence of him sometimes breaking into his Wakko Warner voice without the Scouse accent, most notably when he is screaming. Cummings' portrayal of Morocco makes his voice less of a Peter Lorre impersonation but high-pitched with the kept Moroccan accent. The Chief speaks with a British accent now as evidenced by his catchphrase; "Good show, Secret". Apparently, in the 1993 revival, the personalities and traits of Secret and Morocco have been switched as opposed to their original '60s personalities. Morocco was more of a chauffeur and is quite intelligent, but in the revival he is more independent as a sidekick, became too much of a bungler and is more childlike, often getting injured in most scenes, which was Secret's department in the '60s series, and often saying his catchphrase "Okay!". Secret is more portrayed as a bumbling hero in the original while in the new version, Secret is capable of doing his job right and at some aspects can be part-workaholic and part-easy-going, while still able to get the job done.

Most of his injuries either come from his job or are from the influence of Morocco's actions. Like the original, he has a gadget used for almost everything but mostly relies more on his mixed martial arts combat. Despite the changes, the new shorts still had a big fanbase and a cult following. This new series seems to have fallen under the villain of the week formula and Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole have once appeared on a 2 Stupid Dogs story in the episode "Let's Make a Right Price", which was an advertisement for Granny's Joybone Doggy Treats, and Little Dog and Big Dog appeared on a Secret Squirrel story in the episode "Scirocco Mole" as contestants in a game show.


Production credits[edit]

  • Produced and Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Story: Tony Benedict, Warren Foster, Dalton Sandifer, Michael Maltese
  • Musical Direction: Ted Nichols
  • Story Direction: Alex Lovy, Lewis Marshall, Paul Sommer, Art Scott, Steve Clark, Art Davis
  • Voices: Mel Blanc, Paul Frees, John Stepenson, Jean Vander Pyl, Henry Corden, Don Messick, Allan Melvin, Howard Morris, Janet Waldo, Dick Beals, Gerry Johnson
  • Animation Direction: Charles A. Nichols
  • Production Supervision: Howard Hanson
  • Animation: Ray Abrams, Ed Barge, Robert Bemiller, O.E. "Lefty" Callahan, Emil Carle, Hugh Fraser, George Germanetti, George Goepper, Anatole Kirsanoff, Hicks Lokey, Kenneth Muse, George Nicholas, Don Schloat, Larry Silverman, Ralph Somerville, John Sparey
  • Layout: Cornelius "Corny" Cole, Jerry Eisenberg, Jack Huber, Lance Nolley, Bill Perez, Tony Sgroi, Bob Singer, Iwao Takamoto
  • Background: Fernando Arce, Ron Dias, Rene Garcia, Bob Gentle, F. Montealegre, Richard H. Thomas
  • Camera: Gary Milton, Roger Sims, Clarence Wogatzke, Norman Stainback, John Pratt, John Aardal
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, William Getty
  • Secret Squirrel
  • Approved MPAA Certification No. 21205
  • RCA Sound Recording
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production


Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 20 October 2, 1965 (1965-10-02) February 12, 1966 (1966-02-12)
2 6 September 10, 1966 (1966-09-10) November 26, 1966 (1966-11-26)

Season 1 (1965–66)[edit]

Title Original air date
1"Sub Swiper"October 2, 1965 (1965-10-02)
Secret and Morocco are assigned to locate a vanished atomic submarine in the hands of Captain Ahab.
2"Masked Granny"October 9, 1965 (1965-10-09)
Secret and Morocco have a mission to secure the Bombay Bomb in the Pentagon, whilst the Masked Granny undergoes a heist to steal it.
3"Scotland Yard Caper"October 16, 1965 (1965-10-16)
Secret receives orders from Scotland Yard to recover the stolen crown jewels. He does, but is accused of being the thief himself by the police.
4"Robin Hood & His Merry Muggs"October 23, 1965 (1965-10-23)
Secret and Morocco try to track down some thieves who are using a Robin Hood television show to cover their thefts.
5"Wolf in Cheap Cheap Clothing"October 30, 1965 (1965-10-30)
Secret and Morocco are sent to stop Wily Wolf from smuggling sheep. Secret lures him into a trap with a Little Red Riding Hood scenario.
6"Royal Run Around"November 6, 1965 (1965-11-06)
Secret and Morocco are assigned to safeguard Pasha Panchabaggie, but Pasha rides away on his flying carpet and proves difficult to catch.
7"Yellow Pinkie"November 13, 1965 (1965-11-13)
Secret and Morocco are sent to catch an enemy agent called Yellow Pinkie, who seems to be too smart for them.
8"Five Is a Crowd"November 20, 1965 (1965-11-20)
Dr. Dangit creates five robot duplicates of Secret Squirrel to commit crimes and frame the real one for them. Secret follows the duplicates to Dangit's hideout and turns them against him.
9"It Stopped Training"November 27, 1965 (1965-11-27)
Secret and Morocco are put on a case to recover the Silver Streak Express train, which is stolen by Yellow Pinkie with a shrinking ray gun.
10"Wacky Secret Weapon"December 4, 1965 (1965-12-04)
Secret and Morocco are assigned to protect a secret weapon only to lose it to Yellow Pinkie, but they pin him down at the seaport.
11"Cuckoo Clock Cuckoo"December 11, 1965 (1965-12-11)
Secret receives a mission from England to retrieve Big Ben, stolen by a giant who wants to make a cuckoo clock out of it.
12"Catty Cornered"December 18, 1965 (1965-12-18)
Upon being called in by a scientist, Secret and Morocco attempt to catch what seems to be a cat containing explosive atoms inside. Unfortunately, a cat-chasing dog makes their task difficult.
13"Leave Wheel Enough Alone"December 25, 1965 (1965-12-25)
Secret and Morocco try to catch Yellow Pinkie, who stole all the gold from the mint, but will have to chase him in a car race first.
14"Jester Minute"January 1, 1966 (1966-01-01)
Secret and Morocco are sent to safeguard the king's crown, only for it to be stolen by Yellow Pinkie. Secret thwarts every one of his enemy's traps in order to recover the king's crown.
15"Not So Idle Idol"January 8, 1966 (1966-01-08)
Yellow Pinkie steals a golden idol and only Secret can locate its whereabouts.
16"Gold Rushed"January 15, 1966 (1966-01-15)
While vacationing in Washington DC, Secret and Morocco chase after Yellow Pinkie, who stole gold bullion from the Granbovian embassy.
17"Double Ex-Double Cross"January 22, 1966 (1966-01-22)
Secret and Morocco investigate the petrified population of Okey Dokey Isle, where they encounter the responsible perpetrator, Double-Ex.
18"Capt. Kidd's Not Kidding"January 29, 1966 (1966-01-29)
Secret and Morocco go aboard a Spanish galleon to investigate the ghost of Captain Kidd, who is actually Yellow Pinkie seeking gold.
19"Bold Rush"February 5, 1966 (1966-02-05)
Morocco takes the liberty of locating a gold shipment, stolen by Yellow Pinkie all by himself. Secret discreetly assists during his vacation.
20"Tusk-Tusk"February 12, 1966 (1966-02-12)
Secret and Morocco try to find a missing elephant that was taken prisoner by the Grand Wazir to overthrow the Rajah.

Season 2 (1966)[edit]

Title Original air date
21"Robot Rout"September 10, 1966 (1966-09-10)
Yellow Pinkie is promoted to President, due to a mass robotic brainwashing of the citizens. Secret and Morocco head to Yellow Pinkie's lab to confront him, but he turns Morocco against Secret.
22"The Pink Sky Mobile"September 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)
Secret and Morocco battle Yellow Pinkie in his new Pink Sky Mobile against their Spy Car. Both of them end up with scooting vehicles.
23"Scuba Duba Duba"September 24, 1966 (1966-09-24)
Secret and Morocco are assigned to recover a missile stolen by the spy Scuba Duba before he can destroy the city, which is being held for ransom.
24"Hi-Spy"October 29, 1966 (1966-10-29)
Secret is sent to confront the evil scientific criminology master Hi-Spy face-to-face in France, but Secret cannot outsmart him.
25"Spy in the Sky"November 12, 1966 (1966-11-12)
Hi-Spy is intent on causing destruction on the globe with his armed satellite. Secret and Morocco head to the satellite to halt his plans.
26"Ship of Spies"November 26, 1966 (1966-11-26)
Secret and Morocco are assigned to locate Hi-Spy's invisible ship and put his plan out of action.

Super Secret Secret Squirrel (1993)[edit]

Title Written by: Original air date
S.1"Goldflipper"Mark SaraceniSeptember 5, 1993 (1993-09-05)
An evil sea lion named Goldflipper (voiced by Jim Cummings) creates a giant gold magnet that steals golden teeth, which he calls the "Molar-Acoustic-Synctro-Bicuspid-Dental-Magnetic-Electro-Platt-Conductive-Postiviser". Secret Squirrel goes undercover as a Squirrely Girly Scout to thwart the evil plan and recover all the stolen teeth.
S.2"Greg"Roberts GannawaySeptember 12, 1993 (1993-09-12)
Secret Squirrel investigates a mysterious candy disappearance caused by a gingerbread man named Greg (voiced by Charlie Adler), who is using ants to steal all the candy, which he will then use to make a giant candy monster.
S.3"Quark"Roberts GannawaySeptember 19, 1993 (1993-09-19)
A sub-atomic quark known as the Quark (voiced by Roger Rose) is destroying important monuments in order to make an amphitheater out of North America. Secret Squirrel has to shrink down to atomic size in order to stop him.
S.4"Queen Bea"Mark SaraceniSeptember 26, 1993 (1993-09-26)
Queen Bea (voiced by B.J. Ward) and her honey bee minions capture Secret Squirrel during a Honey Bank robbery so that Queen Bea can force Secret Squirrel's hand in marriage after trapping Morocco in a honey container. Penny comes to his rescue.
S.5"Hot Rodney"Roberts GannawayOctober 3, 1993 (1993-10-03)
During a race against a racing rooster named Hot Rodney (voiced by Jeff Bennett), Secret Squirrel is waylaid by Hot Rodney's orchestrated kidnapping of Morocco.
S.6"Egg"Roberts GannawayOctober 10, 1993 (1993-10-10)
Morocco Mole receives a mandatory special assignment to hold a "rare" and "cursed" egg for at least three seconds, but has a hard time doing so.
S.7"Chameleon"Roberts GannawayOctober 17, 1993 (1993-10-17)
Expensive paintings are stolen on the night of a museum gala. Secret Squirrel discovers an art-loving, sophisticated chameleon known as P. ("Panoleon") Chameleon (voiced by Roddy McDowall) has pilfered all the art for his own personal collection. Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole then outsmart him by trapping him in a room full of "modern" art, which Chameleon despises.
S.8"Agent Penny"Roberts Gannaway,
Paul Rudish
October 24, 1993 (1993-10-24)
In an attempt to cut down his expenses, the Chief replaces Secret Squirrel with Penny and hires Morocco as his secretary.
Note: Snooper and Blabber make speaking cameo appearances at a crimefighter's pub. In the same scene, Undercover Elephant from CB Bears, Hong Kong Phooey and Mumbly make background appearances, while the portraits of Scooby-Doo, Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long, Atom Ant, Hong Kong Phooey, Mumbly and Dynomutt are seen with Snooper and Blabber's portraits.
S.9"Scirocco Mole"Roberts GannawayOctober 31, 1993 (1993-10-31)
In a quiz show hosted by a fox, Secret Squirrel briefs the origin of his partnership with Morocco and the encounter with Morocco's evil twin brother Scirocco (Jess Harnell).
Note: Yogi Bear and Boo Boo and Big Dog and Little Dog make cameo appearances as the other contestants.
S.10"Platypus"Roberts GannawayNovember 7, 1993 (1993-11-07)
Secret Squirrel, Morocco Mole and the Chief get their bodies mixed in a descrambler owned by a platypus (Roger Rose) and have a hard time catching him in their altered states.
S.11"Doctor O"Mark Saraceni,
Jim Turner
November 14, 1993 (1993-11-14)
Secret Squirrel has to stop an opossum named Doctor O from blocking out the sun with a satellite, but he has to do it blind and in total darkness. The constant darkness also prevents the Chief from using the bathroom.
S.12"One-Ton"Lane RaichertNovember 21, 1993 (1993-11-21)
Secret Squirrel attempts to stop a crazy giant panda called One-Ton (Yoshio Be) from tearing up Chinatown, but Secret has orders from the Chief not to harm him because giant pandas are endangered. So Secret has to figure out how to make One-Ton beat himself up.
S.13"Voodoo Goat"Roberts GannawayNovember 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)
Secret Squirrel must stop an evil shaman named Voodoo Goat (John Garry), who makes a voodoo doll of the Chief in order to gain power over the agency.

Other appearances[edit]

  • Secret and Morocco appear as part of the cast in Yogi's Ark Lark and its spin-off series Yogi's Gang, but the two characters have no dialogue in either the TV movie or the series.
  • Secret Squirrel appeared in the Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode "The Moaning Liza", where he boos a wrongly sentenced Snagglepuss.
  • Secret Squirrel appears as a child on Yo Yogi!, voiced by Kath Soucie. He has an uncle named Uncle Undercover (voiced by Greg Burson) who owns the Invention Dimension store in Jellystone Mall.
  • Secret Squirrel makes a cameo appearance in an episode of Squirrel Boy in which his hat was seen on a gravestone.
  • Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole can be seen in a Cartoon Network rap in 1995.
  • Secret Squirrel made numerous appearances in his 1965 form for Cartoon Network in its first years on the air.
  • Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole appeared in an ad for Cartoon Network Asia in their revived form (i.e. 2 Stupid Dogs) with Cummings and Harnell reprising their roles.
  • Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole appeared in some Cartoon Network UK ads in both their original (1965) and revived forms.
  • Secret Squirrel appeared in a Cartoon Network Cinema bumper in his revived form. He can be seen in the far corner.
  • Secret Squirrel makes an appearance in the show The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy in an episode with Hoss Delgado, who is driving in his monster truck and almost runs over Secret Squirrel.
  • Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole appear in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law with Secret Squirrel voiced by Bill Farmer and Morocco Mole voiced by Maurice LaMarche. Secret Squirrel first appears in the Season 2 episode "Blackwatch Plaid" as a client of Harvey's arrested for flashing people (a play on Secret's famous trenchcoat). Secret Squirrel then appeared again in the Season 3 episode "Bird Girl of Guantanamole", hiring Harvey to get Morocco Mole out of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Secret Squirrel also has a brief cameo in the series finale "The Death of Harvey".
  • Secret Squirrel appeared in the DC Comics book Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #11 in September 2015. A "rebooted" version of Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole has been a backup feature of the DC comic book series Scooby Apocalypse from issues #16 and #30.

LP album[edit]

Hanna-Barbera Records released an LP album called Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole in: Super Spy (HLP-2046) in 1966. It featured an adventure with four songs - "Secret Squirrel" (based on the show's theme song) and "Morocco Mole" on the beginning and the end of Side 1, respectively and "Agent O Double O" and "Super Spy" on the beginning and the end of Side 2, respectively. Mel Blanc voiced Secret Squirrel, but Daws Butler voiced Morocco Mole instead of Paul Frees.

DVD releases[edit]

The episode "Sub Swiper" is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Vol. 1. On November 3, 2015, Warner Archive released The Secret Squirrel Show: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and[3]

The Secret Squirrel Show: The Complete Series was made available for download via iTunes in August 2016.

On August 14, 2018, the Warner Archive Collection released 2 Stupid Dogs Volume 1 on DVD, which includes all of the episodes of Super Secret Secret Squirrel.

Cultural influence[edit]

The phrase “secret squirrel stuff” is used by people working in U.S. intelligence to lightheartedly describe material that is highly classified, usually as a non-answer to a question.[4] It may likewise be used in a pejorative manner to mean someone who is unlikely to have actually had a job as a special operations soldier, spy or mercenary, or to have performed the actions they claim to.

The history of the name "secret squirrel" for special operations forces and spies appears to predate the television show, as one story states that the word "squirrel" was using during World War II as a test to root out German spies [5].

The name "secret squirrel" is police slang for an agent of the U.S. Secret Service[6].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mansour, David. From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Dictionary of the Late 20th Century, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005, p.423.
  2. ^ Stephen D. Youngkin The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Lesington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005, p.451
  3. ^ Declassified: 'The Complete Series' DVD Release...SOON! Archived 2015-10-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ewing, Philip (26 May 2018). "The Russia investigations: What just happened?". NPR News. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
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