The Atom Ant Show was one of many 30 minute cartoon programs produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, that were comprised of three cartoon shorts. The Atom Ant show featured Atom Ant, Precious Pup and The Hillbilly Bears. It made it's official debut on NBC's Saturday morning line-up in October of 1965 teamed up with another production from Hanna-Barbera, The Secret Squirrel Show and ran through 1968. The program currently finds it's TV home amongst other Hanna-Barbera Productions on the 24-hour Classic Cartoon network, Boomerang where it airs on occasion.
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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 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.
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The phrase “secret squirrel stuff” is used by people working in U.S. intelligence to light-heartedly describe material that is highly classified, usually as a non-answer to a question. It may likewise be used in a pejorative manner to mean someone 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 pre-date the television show, as one story states that the word “squirrel” was using during the Second World War as a test to root out German spies . Secret Squirrel is police slang for an agent of the U.S. Secret Service.
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