Oggy and the Cockroaches


Oggy and the Cockroaches
Oggy and the Cockroaches
Oggy and the Cockroaches tittle.jpg
Title
Format Animated Comedy
Created by Jean-Yves Raimbaud
Terry Klassen
Country of origin France
No. of episodes 195
Production
Executive producer(s)

Marc du Pontavice

(Gaumont Multimedia/Xilam)
Running time 7 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Gaumont Film Company (1999)
Xilam (1999, 2008)
Broadcast
Original run October 14, 1999 – November 24, 2008
Chronology
Preceded by Space Goofs
Followed by Zig and Sharko
External links
Website

Oggy and the Cockroaches (also known as Oggy et les Cafards in French) is a French animated comedy series produced by Gaumont Film Company, creator of the popular series Space Goofs.

Contents

Synopsis

The show centers on Oggy, a content and lazy, albeit very tender fat blue cat, who would usually spend his days watching TV and cooking - if it wasn't for the three roaches in the household: Joey, Dee Dee and Marky (named after members of the punk group Ramones). The trio seems to enjoy generally making Oggy's life miserable, which involves mischief ranging from (in most cases) plundering his fridge to such awkward things like hijacking the train Oggy just boarded. Oggy usually finds creatures accompanying him to the end of the episode, such as crabs, clams, a horse, a very technologically advanced child, a puppy, and an octopus.

The cartoon itself relies on slapstick humour, much like its "ancestor", Tom and Jerry, only amplifying the level of extremities up a notch; while "traditional" slapstick cartoon characters prefer dropping anvils and pianos on each other, this show sometimes uses even buses or submarines. Despite these however, most gags are easily accessible and enjoyable for younger viewers. Since dialog is kept to a minimum the humour is entirely visual.

Oggy's brother Jack, another cat, wants to find new plans to kill Cockroches while neighbour Bob the bulldog is fed up about new accidents (which invariably have the cockroaches as the source and the cat(s) as the victim).

Production

The 30 minute show typically contains 3 episodes. The voices were all provided by Marc du Pontavice, but no spoken voice is heard, but the speaking voice was used only in the United Kingdom. However in the French version, certain voices like laughter could be used on one of the cats and later on one of the cockroaches when sped up. In Germany, witty poems relating to the screen action were dubbed over the original sound, written by German dialog editor legend Eberhard Storeck and spoken by actor Dirk Bach. In India the characters are voiced by several artists and all the characters even talk to each other, but the language used is Hindi.

International broadcast

Oggy and the Cockroaches is currently broadcast in 150 countries and territories worldwide, making it a successful hit. For that reason, it has acquired a Xilam licensing program until 2011.[citation needed]

DVDs

Five DVDs came out in 2003 within the United States, with 12 episodes each.

A French DVD boxset is available of the complete first series, 78 episodes in all plus the pilot and an episode from Season 2.

List of main characters

  • Oggy is the protagonist of the show. Oggy usually spends his time either watching TV or doing housework - when not chasing roaches. Although sometimes acting somewhat female (or in some cases, dressing like a maid, gardening), or male (in one episode the roaches steal his laundry bag and keep dropping a track of clothes - Oggy picks them up one-by-one, but, embarrassed, moves off screen when a brassiere becomes visible among the boxer shorts and socks)Oggy can best be defined as genderless.
    Despite the constant mayhem caused by the cockroaches, Oggy has developed a sort of love-hate relationship with them, having lived with them for a long time.His phone number is 333-33 (This was noted in the episode "The Ancestor"). Whenever he finds himself alone in his house, he will eventually begin to miss the cockroaches along with their pranks. In one episode (So Lonely), he even uses a tape recorder with their laughter on it and plays their pranks on himself out of boredom. Oggy has come to realize that without the cockroaches, nothing fun or interesting ever happens in his life.

Voiced by Don Michael Paul, Akio Otsuka

In Indian Version, his voice is similar to Shahrukh Khan.

  • Dee Dee is an ever-hungry, devour-it-all blue-bodied, orange-headed roach with green eyes. His appetite may sometimes reach insane regions, often resulting in the consumption of larger animals or other things (such as hyenas in one case and due to the effects of a poisonous mushroom in another case, an insect. Another instance was the fish on the wallpaper (Oggy's Clone) and a clownfish (Scuba Diving). He is known to like opera. Dee Dee is a deuteragonist.

Voiced by Matt Hill, Nobuo Tobita

In Indian Version, his voice is similar to Suniel Shetty.

  • Marky is a suave heartbreaking, grey-bodied, green-headed roach with pink eyes; he is the tallest of the three roaches and often not really doesn't care about what the two others are doing. While he originally used to love causing mischief just like the other cockroaches, he has grown to be more laid-back in later episodes, though he still enjoys hanging out with Joey and Dee Dee and cause general mayhem like he has always done. His hobby is dating girls - even puppets - and reading books. He also has bad breath, as revealed in the episode "It's a Small World" (how he can stand his own bad breath is debatable, as he couldn't stand the smell of gas in "French Fries"). Marky is a deuteragonist.

Voiced by Samuel Vincent, Isshin Chiba

In Indian Version, his voice is similar to Akshay Kumar.

  • Joey, a pink-bodied, purple-headed roach with a pink right eye and yellow left eye, is the self-proclaimed leader of the roaches. Even though he's the smallest roach in the gang, most of the time he's the brains behind the operations, but is sometimes forced to go solo, because his companions often think his plans are stupid. He also likes to date females (usually a bee) and if he concentrates on one thing he always does it. Joey is a deuteragonist.

Voiced by Tony Sampson, Mitsuaki Madono

In Indian Version, his voice is similar to Paresh Rawal.

  • Jack is the other cat in the show. He is Oggy's cousin and a complete opposite of Oggy; Jack is short-tempered, violent, arrogant - a perfect target for the roaches to annoy. He often finds himself building huge machinery such as roach-catching contraptions, most of the time resulting in backfiring. He is also very interested in chemistry (that is, the more explosive parts of it). Jack is Oggy's very close friend (he often sleeps over at Oggy's house) and neighbour (though he drives the couple of feet between their houses whenever he visits Oggy). Jack can come into Oggy's home without knocking and he often goes to see Oggy to help him against the roaches' pranks. He owns a monster truck and his telephone number is 2. He can often bully Oggy as well at times. Jack seems to be the strongest character in the show. He likes to show off, challenge the roaches and date girls – mainly Oggy's sister Monica. In one episode, they seem to have a baby together and ask Oggy to babysit for their child.

Voiced by Greg Eagles, Jurota Kosugi

In Indian Version, his name is "Fauji" (to rhyme with "Oggy") voice is similar to Sunny Deol.

  • Monica, Oggy's sister and Jack's love-interest. In one episode (Don't Rock the Cradle) they seem to have a child together. She visits Oggy's house every now and then. She is well known for being very active and likes to take on physical challenges such as sky diving and bungee jumping. She's always seen skating around on her inline skates. Out of all the main characters, she has the least amount of appearances; even fewer than Bob.

Voiced by Tara Strong, Toko Aoyama

  • Bob, Oggy's huge neighbor dog - though he's not mentioned in the opening credits – is one frequent star in the show. While Bob tries to live his life as quietly and calmly as possible, the next-door racket usually results in destruction of his property, for which he usually responds with pummeling one of the cats. This mostly happens off-screen, usually because the image is changed to silly wallpaper-like backgrounds; the only hint the viewer gets is fighting sounds and cat-squealing. In the episode "Working Cat", it is revealed his teeth and gum are entirely composed of metal. In the episode "Off Limits", Bob has portraits of Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, and Catherine of Aragon on the walls of his house. Bob is a person who seems to have anger management issues, as he always, either, hurt Oggy, Dee Dee, Marky, Joey and Jack. But he is beaten by a robot in the episode of Copy Cat and in another episode by a penguin and in another episode by Jack. Bob serves as the main antagonist.

Voiced by Peter Kelamis, Tetsu Inada

In Indian Version, his voice is similar to Amrish Puri.

Trivia

In Indian version, background commentary is given by the voice similar to Nana Patekar which make it much hilarious.

List of Oggy and the Cockroaches episodes

Broadcasting history

Algeria (اوغي والصراصير)

  • Algérie 3

Australia

  • ABC1
  • ABC3 On the 3rd of December 2010

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Televizija Kantona Sarajevo
  • FTV

Brazil (Oggy e as Baratas Tontas)

Bulgaria

Canada

Costa Rica (Oggy y las cucarachas)

Croatia

  • HRT1

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany (Oggy und die Kakerlaken)

Greece (Ο Όγκυ και οι Κατσαρίδες)

Hong Kong/Singapore(肥猫大战三小强)/Malaysia/Indonesia/Thailand/South Korea

Hungary

  • M1"Cicabogarak"

India (Hindi)

  • Nick India

Indonesia

Iran (اوگی و سوسک‌ها)

Israel

Italy (Maledetti scarafaggi)

Japan (オギー&コックローチ)

Latvia (Ogijs un tarakāni)

Lithuania (Ogis ir tarakonai)

Malaysia

Netherlands (Oggy en de kakkerlakken)

Norway

Poland

  • Fantastic (1999-2000)
  • TVP3
  • Fox Kids / Jetix (2002–2007)
  • TV6 (May 30, 2011 - August 26, 2011)
  • TV4 (August 29, 2011-)

Portugal (Oggy e as Baratas)

  • SIC K (2010-)

Panama (Oggy y las cucarachas)

Philippines

Russia (Огги и тараканы)

  • REN-TV

Saudi Arabia (اوغي والصراصير)

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Sweden

Tunisia

  • Tunisie 7

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

  • E-Junior-(2001–2004, 2007–Present)

United Kingdom

  • ITV1 (CITV 1998-2000)
  • Fox Kids (1998–2003)
  • POP! (Season 1 & Season 2 only) (2008-)
  • Kix! (2008-

2010)

United States

Vietnam

References

External links


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