Oggy and the Cockroaches (Seasons 1-3, 7-Present)
Oggy and the Cockroaches (French: Oggy et les Cafards) is a French cartoon that was released on September 6, 1998, created by Jean-Yves Raimbaud, and produced by Xilam and Gaumont Film Company.
The show centers around a lazy, albeit very tender and fat blue cat, named Oggy, who would usually spend time either watching television or doing something (like his chores)... if it weren't for three cockroaches in the household: Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky (named after members of the punk group, the Ramones). The trio seems to enjoy making Oggy's life miserable, which involves mischief ranging from (in most cases) plundering his fridge to such awkward lengths, like hijacking the train Oggy just boarded.
Why These Seasons Rock
- The plot is very creative, as it involves a blue cat going on wacky adventures while trying to avoid three cockroaches. It is still a cat-vs-vermin slapstick cartoon, but how ridiculous situations can go seal the deal.
- It has very sophisticated and oftentimes over-the-top slapstick humor, such as an explosion destroying half the Earth.
- The cockroaches are very funny and intimidating main antagonists. All of them also have distinct personalities to make them stand out.
- Very original stories, such as Oggy entering a racing competition, and Dee Dee wrestling a professional wrestler.
- Nice animation that blends smooth 2D animation with CGI. In season 3, it especially went all out with a style that incorporates frequent smears and a rubbery feel.
- Likeable characters, such as Oggy, Jack, and Bob. (The cockroaches also count as well.)
- The episodes are interesting and are well-written.
- It also sets an example of a good rip-off as not all rip-offs are bad. There's lots of effort to make it distinct, despite the similar premise to Tom and Jerry.
- The surrealism is very humorous (though can be too weird at times).
- There were 2 Space Goofs references, with the aliens' house being a playset in "Baby Doll", and the main cast making a cameo in "Night Watchmen" - an interesting callback even if that older series originally got cancelled.
- Marky so far is frequently just used as an assistant to Joey and Dee Dee's schemes, his characterization throughout not being fleshed out. What also doesn't help is that he gets less episodes focusing on him.
- Some sound effects can be rather annoying, especially when they are reused.
- Some recycled plots.
- It went downhill during .
- It is said to be a ripoff by Tom and Jerry by other people outside of this as well, although that’s the whole point of the show. It can be offputting because of the concepts..
- Some harsh moments, like when Jack was beaten up by the bride’s father in the episode "Just Married".
- A ton of jokes don't have subtle pacing when anything occurs. It's somewhat confusing at times.
- Some episodes can get very dark and offputting for comedy, such as "Happy Birthday"... where Jack is angered that he couldn't stack his glass pyramid, Oggy becomes so sad, the episode treats his suicidal mood like it's a joke (which is also extremely insensitive), and the terrifying "Ghost Hunter", where Oggy succeeded to kill the roaches... but that does NOT stop them from becoming ghosts.
- Some bad episodes like "Just Married", "Crazy Shopping", "Seven Minutes and Counting", and "Fake News".
- On earlier seasons, one or two episodes has a homage to Tom and Jerry.
- Speaking of which, it may not even be a ripoff, but just an adaptation of a parody that was in Space Goofs' "Venus Junior". Their earliest appearance was within a show in the aliens' TV, albeit very minor.
- Hugues Le Bars composed for the show, alongside Herve Lavandier. However, since the former passed away in November 2014, Vincent Artaud became the new composer instead.
- Le Bars also provided character voices (according to the credits), and his clips were reused throughout the show due to its lack of dialogue.
- However, the episode "Chatter Box" also features Michel Elias, providing voices of Dee Dee and Jack constantly babbling, after they ate the chatterbox crackers.
- Other references:
- Oggy is named after the David Bowie album "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars", and Iggy Pop.
- Jack's name and relation to Oggy might be a reference to Cousin Jack's Pasty Co., a shop providing cornish pasties - an alternate name being that of "oggy".
- It lost its rights to Cartoon Network/Nick India somewhere around 2012, which would then make Toonz Entertainment come up with a rip-off called (due to the show's popularity there).
- It used to air in TDM Ou Mun from 2012-2013, however it was later removed to add timeslots to Chinese cartoons and also aired in 2020.
- It spawned an GMW.