The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show

The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show

"The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show" was an hour-long Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1965 to 1967 for NBC. The program contained several segments:
* "Atom Ant": a cartoon about a superheroic ant. When he flew he used his catchphrase, "Up and at'em, Atom Ant!" Atom Ant was voiced by legendary voice artist Howard Morris.
* "Secret Squirrel": the adventures of a secret agent squirrel and his mole assistant.
* "Squiddly Diddly", a cartoon about a friendly anthropomorphic squid.
* "Precious Pupp": a cartoon about a dog and his elderly lady master. He is characterized by a sneaky, wheezy laugh, making him a possible precursor to Muttley from Wacky Races.
* "The Hillbilly Bears": a situation comedy, inspired by "The Beverly Hillbillies", about the Rugg family of hillbilly bears.
* "Winsome Witch": a cartoon about a friendly, yet somewhat inept, witch (named "Winsome Witch", sometimes called "Winnie" for short). Winnie's catch phrase when casting a spell was "Ippity - Pippity - Pow!".

"Atom Ant" and "Secret Squirrel" aired independently of each other for the first part of the 1966–1967 season: "Precious Pupp" and "The Hillbilly Bears" aired as segments on "The Atom Ant Show", while "Squiddly Diddly" and "Winsome Witch" aired as segments on "The Secret Squirrel Show" before recombining into the hour-long format in the winter. For the series' final NBC run under the "Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel" title, the show was one half-hour long. "The Hillbilly Bears" cartoon segments were later repeated during the second season of "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" (1969-1970), and all 52 "Atom Ant" and "Secret Squirrel" half-hours were syndicated as part of "The Banana Splits And Friends Show", an umbrella title for a package combining episodes of several different Hanna-Barbera series (the other series included "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", and "The Adventures of Gulliver").

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