Atomic Cartoons, Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryAnimation
FoundedMarch 1999; 25 years ago (1999-03)
Founders
  • Trevor Bentley
  • Mauro Casalese
  • Olaf Miller
  • Rob Davies
Headquarters123 West 7th Avenue, ,
Canada
Number of locations
3 (2020)
Key people
Jennifer McCarron (CEO)
Matthew Berkowitz (CCO)
Number of employees
600 (2019)[1]
ParentThunderbird Entertainment (2015–present)
Websiteatomiccartoons.com

Atomic Cartoons, Inc. is a Canadian animation studio founded in 1999 by Trevor Bentley, Mauro Casalese, Olaf Miller, and former Warner Bros. Animation employee Rob Davies.[2][3] Based in 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]

History

The studio was founded in March 1999 by Trevor Bentley, Mauro Casalese, Olaf Miller, and Rob Davies.[5] Sent back to Vancouver, British Columbia, 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 Miller, Bentley, and 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 bought 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 was the Netflix series The Last Kids on Earth.

In February 2020, Atomic Cartoons opened its third studio in Los Angeles, California.[9]

Productions

Television series

# Title Years Network/channel/platform Co-producer(s) Notes
1 Spider-Man Unlimited 1999–2001 Fox Kids Marvel Studios
Saban Entertainment
Koko Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Dong Yang Animation
[10]
2 Courage The Cowardly Dog 1999–2002 Cartoon Network Stretch Films Additional storyboards only
3 Milo's Bug Quest  [ko] 1999–2000 KBS2 Sunwoo Entertainment Character, prop and background designs, and storyboards[11]
4 Timber Wolf 2001 Warnerbros.com [12]
5 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.
6 Atomic Betty 2004–2008 Teletoon
M6 (seasons 1–2)
Télétoon (season 3)
Breakthrough Entertainment
Tele Images Kids
Marathon Media
[13]
7 Krypto the Superdog 2005–2006 Cartoon Network Warner Bros. Animation Storyboards only
8 Johnny Test 2005–2014 Kids' WB (seasons 1–3)
Cartoon Network (seasons 4–6)
Teletoon
Cookie Jar Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation (seasons 1–2)
DHX Media (season 6)
Storyboards for the first season, animation service for seasons 4–6
9 Captain Flamingo 2006–2008 YTV
GMA Network
Breakthrough Films and Television
Heroic Film Company
Philippine Animation Studio Inc.
[14]
10 Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns 2008 PBS [15]
11 Babar and the Adventures of Badou 2010–2015 YTV
TF1
Disney Junior
Nelvana
TeamTO
LuxAnimation (seasons 1–2)
The Clifford Ross Company
[16]
Based on the original Babar books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff.
Computer-animated sequel and spin-off to the original Babar television series.
12 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.
13 Rocket Monkeys 2013–2016 Teletoon Breakthrough Entertainment
Hornet Films
[17]
14 Ella the Elephant 2013–2014 TVOKids DHX Cookie Jar Inc.
FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment
[18]
15 Little Charmers 2015-2017 Treehouse TV Nelvana
16 Pirate Express 2015 Teletoon
17 Nico Can Dance! 2015 Knowledge Network
18 Screechers Wild 2016 Alpha Group Co., Ltd.
19 Counterfeit Cat 2016–2017 Teletoon
20 Beat Bugs 2016–2018
21 Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong 2016–2017 Teletoon
22 Marvel Super Hero Adventures 2017–2020
23 Minecraft Mini Series 2017–2018 YouTube Mojang Studios
Microsoft Studios
Mattel Creations
24 Secret History of Comics 2017 AMC Skybound Entertainment
AMC Networks
Live action docuseries. Provided work for the title sequence as well as animation sequences in the show itself.
25 Legend of the Three Caballeros 2018 DisneyLife Disney Digital Network
6 Point Harness
Mercury Filmworks
26 Cupcake & Dino: General Services 2018–2019 Teletoon
27 Super Dinosaur 2018–2019 Teletoon Spin Master Entertainment
28 Hilda 2018–2023 Netflix Silvergate Media
Mercury Filmworks
Nobrow Press (season 1)
Flying Eye Books (seasons 2–3)
Animated 8 episodes for season one.[19]
29 101 Dalmatian Street 2019–2020 Disney Channel (UK)
Disney+ (USA/Canada)
Passion Animation Studios Loosely based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and its film franchise.
30 Molly of Denali 2019–present PBS Kids
CBC Kids
GBH Kids
31 Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar 2019 Nickelodeon
32 The Last Kids on Earth 2019–2021 Netflix
33 Hello Ninja 2019–2021 Netflix
34 Mighty Express 2020–2021 Netflix Spin Master Entertainment
35 Trolls: TrollsTopia 2020–2022 Hulu/Peacock DreamWorks Animation Television
36 Spidey and His Amazing Friends 2021–present Disney Junior Marvel Animation
37 Dogs in Space 2021–2022 Netflix Netflix Animation
38 Pinecone & Pony 2022–2023 Apple TV+ DreamWorks Animation Television
First Generation Films
39 Little Demon 2022 FXX Harmonious Claptrap
Jersey Films 2nd Avenue
Evil Hag Productions
ShadowMachine
FXP
First series from the company aimed at an adult audience.[20]
40 My Little Pony: Make Your Mark 2022–2023 Netflix Boulder Media
Entertainment One
[21]
41 Oddballs 2022–2023 Netflix Netflix Animation [22]
42 Princess Power 2023–present Netflix Flower Films [23]
43 Teenage Euthanasia 2023–present Adult Swim Williams Street Animation services for season 2[24]
44 Young Love 2023–present Max Sony Pictures Animation
Lion Forge Animation
Carl Jones Studios
Cherry Lane Productions
45 Zokie of Planet Ruby 2023–present Amazon Prime Video
YTV
Nelvana
46 Mermicorno: Starfall 2025 Max [25][26]

Films and specials

Title Years Network Co-producer(s) Notes
The Angry Birds Movie 2016 Theatrical Rovio Animation "Hal & Bubbles" opening
Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit 2018 NBC
Lego Spider-Man: Vexed by Venom 2019 Disney XD
Curious George: Royal Monkey 2019 Peacock Universal Animation Studios
Lego Jurassic World: Double Trouble 2020 Nickelodeon
Lego Star Wars Holiday Special 2020 Disney+ [27]
Curious George: Go West, Go Wild! 2020 Peacock Universal Animation Studios
Lego Avengers: Climate Conundrum 2020 Disney XD
Curious George: Cape Ahoy 2021 Peacock Universal Animation Studios
Lego Star Wars: Terrifying Tales 2021 Disney+ [28]
Lego Marvel Avengers: Time Twisted 2022 Disney+
Lego Star Wars: Summer Vacation 2022 Disney+ [29]
Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again 2022 Disney+ [30]
Lego Jurassic Park: The Unofficial Retelling 2023 Peacock [31]
Lego Marvel Avengers: Code Red 2023 Disney+ [32]

Other

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