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Oggy and the Cockroaches (known as Oggy et les Cafards in French originally) is a French animated comedy series produced by Xilam and created in 1997 or 1998.

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Synopsis

The show centers on Oggy, a content and lazy, albeit very tender fat blue cat, who would usually spend his days watching TV or doing something - if it wasn't for the three roaches in the household: Joey, Dee Dee and Marky (named after members of the punk group, the 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. However, it's not always Oggy who wins.

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 even uses buses or submarines. Despite these, most gags are easily accessible and enjoyable for younger viewers. Since dialogue is kept to a minimum, the humour is entirely visual.

Production

Depending on the channel or streaming service, a series typically contains 3 episodes (4 episodes in the case of airings on Netflix) or parts, aired in order at the discretion of said channel or service.

The show was initially produced by Gaumont Film Company then later Xilam. The voices were all provided by either Hugues le Bars (as implied in the credits) or Marc du Pontavice, but no spoken voice is heard, but the speaking voice was used only in the United States. However, in the French version, certain voices like laughter could be used on one of the cats and later on one of the cockroaches, 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.

International broadcast

Oggy and the Cockroaches is currently broadcast in over 190 countries and territories worldwide.[1]

Country Channel(s) Debut Title
Australia ABC3
Cartoon Network
 ? Oggy and the Cockroaches
Canada YTV ? Oggy and the Cockroaches
France France 3
Canal J
Gulli
Canal+
Canal+ Family
France 3
September 6, 1999 Oggy et les Cafards
Germany Disney Channel
RTL Television
October 14, 1999 Оggy und die Kakerlaken
Hong Kong Cartoon Network Asia[2] ? ?
India Nickelodeon India
Cartoon Network
Nickelodeon Sonic
Spacetoon Indonesia
2009 (Nickelodeon India)
2012 (Cartoon Network)
2015 (Sonic Nickelodeon) (Season 1 to Season 4)
Oggy and the Cockroaches
Italy K2
Frisbee
17 September 2000 Oggy e i Maledetti scarafaggi
Lithuania LNK
TV1
(LNK) Season 5: July 29, 2018 - December 2, 2018

(LNK) Season 6: January 21, 2018 - April 29, 2018

(LNK) Season 7: December 8, 2018 - 2019

(TV1) 2019 (Season 3 to Season 5)

Ogis ir Tarakonai
Malaysia Astro AEC
Astro Wah Lai Toi
Astro Shuang Xing[citation needed]
Cartoon Network Asia[2]
Nickelodeon Asia[3]
Oggy dan yang Lipas
Philippines Cartoon Network Asia[2]
Nickelodeon Asia[3]
? ?
Poland Teletoon+ 1999 Oggy i Karaluchy
Russia REN-TV
Russia-2
TV-3
Bibigon
Carousel
Nickelodeon
30 November 2000 Огги и тараканы (Oggi i Tarakany)
Slovakia Markíza ? Oggy a šváby
Sweden Kanal 5, Fox Kids, Barnkanalen ? Oggy och kackerlackorna
Ukraine Novyi Kanal
NTN
PLUSPLUS
 ? Оггі та кукарачі (Oggi ta Kukarachi)
USA

Fox Kids[4]
Nickelodeon
KidsClick[5]

1999 (Fox Kids, Season 1)
February 23, 2015 - May 2015 (Nickelodeon, Season 4)
June 18, 2018 - March 31, 2019 (KidsClick, Seasons 3 and 4)
December 1, 2017 – Present (Netflix, Season 5)

Oggy and the Cockroaches

India

In India, Oggy and the Cockroaches used to air under its English name on Nickelodeon India since 2009 with voice-actors voicing the characters in parodies of famous Indian film stars in Hindi. The cockroaches' names were changed for the show: Joey was named Chhotu, Dee Dee was named Motu and Marky was named Lambu.

The entire series was re-dubbed with different voices for Cartoon Network. As of 16 July 2012, this newly dubbed version of the show has begun airing on Cartoon Network India. The change of channel has also resulted in the change of voice actors for the programme. The names of the cockroaches were also changed again on Cartoon Network India: Dee Dee's name is heard as "Paplu", Joey's name is heard as "Zaplu" and Marky's name is heard as "Taplu".

The first three seasons of the series started airing on Nick from 1 January 2015, with a whole new voice cast, no longer parodies of Bollywood actors. The names of the cockroaches also now remain unchanged.

DVDs

Seven 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.

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Year DVD Release
Season One 78 episodes 1997/

September 6, 1998

May 18, 2000 1997-2000 September 21, 2003
Season Two 78 episodes August 9, 2000 May 19, 2006 2000-2006 October 18, 2006
Season Three 39 episodes August 17, 2007/ 2017 May 15, 2008 2007-2008 December 16, 2010
Season Four 74 episodes August 10, 2012 December 12, 2013 2012-2013 Unknown Date
Season Five 76

episodes

June 30, 2017/ July 1, 2017 present 2017–present Unknown

Date

Season Six 78 episodes May 16, 2017 present 2017–present Unknown

Date

Season Seven 78 episodes March 19, 2018/ June 2, 2018

present

2018–present Unknown

Date

Live Show

A live show involving people in costumes took place in India.

Oggy Oggy

Oggy Oggy is an upcoming spinoff of Oggy and the Cockroaches, to be released with two consecutive seasons in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Oggy Oggy caters more to a preschool audience rather than the pre-teen audience of the original show. It focuses on Oggy's early life as a curious, sensitive, but compassionate kitten and tries to be helpful to everyone he meets.

Official descriptions

Xilam

The key player in this imbroglio is Oggy, a fat, debonair cat who only gets off on being lazy and keeping his house in impeccable order. And yet he is not alone. Three roaches wish to take over this beautiful house. And it's much too clean for their tastes. These nasty vermin make his life absolute hell. First there's Joey "the belligerent", then Marky "the phlegmatic" and finally Dee Dee "the glutton". And they spend their days and nights coming up with the most Machiavellian plans against our poor, blue cat. Oggy isn't alone in this living nightmare. His cousin Jack, who is always desperately trying to help him, generally just makes the situations much worse by provoking most of the chases, the turmoil and the accidents of every size and shape. And Oggy doesn't come out unscathed.

Cartoon Network Asia

Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky may be annoying but Oggy’s life would be a lot boring without them.

Disney Channel Asia

He's blue, he's a good guy and he's a wimp. Here is Oggy, the only cat the word "feline" can't apply to. He would be the happiest of cats if three cockroaches hadn't decided to settle inside his comfortable home: Joey, Deedee, and Marky. They are ugly, stupid and of course, they're the bad guys. They were made to meet Oggy and so here we go! It's fast, it's crazy and it is hilarious... it's Oggy and the Cockroaches.

ABC3

Oggy is a big sleek cat who takes two things seriously: relaxing, and keeping things running smoothly at home. He likes watching TV, repetitively listening to his polka records and munching crisps whilst in the bath. Oggy would love to lead an easy and peaceful life but is constantly being tormented by three hideous cockroaches. These hardened insects will do their utmost to make Oggy's life a misery. The cockroaches are not his only problem, Oggy's quiet life is also disrupted by Cousin Jack, bent on wiping out the cockroaches once and for all.

Pop

Oggy just wants to live a nice quiet life but that’s not going to happen with the roaches trying to make his life a misery! Plus his cousin Jack who is determined to exterminate them once and for all!

Netflix

Wimpy blue cat Oggy would like nothing more than to snooze, but he's constantly bothered by the three ugly cockroaches who have invaded his home.

K2, Frisbee (Italy) / KidsClick (USA)

Lazy cat Oggy enjoys living a simple life -- eating and watching TV are among his favorite hobbies. Unfortunately, his roommates often get in the way of his laziness. Those roommates are tiny cockroaches Joey, Marky and Dee Dee, who like to cause mayhem like raiding Oggy's fridge, making big messes and forcing the cat to clean up after them. Despite the trouble they cause, Oggy secretly misses the little critters when they're not around. Also part of Oggy's life is nature-loving neighbor Olivia, who is his love interest.

Censorship

A list of incidents of censorship.

References to Oggy and the Cockroaches

Most references to Oggy and the Cockroaches occur in other franchises produced by Xilam Animation.

Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure
  • After an impromptu rain dance, Averell Dalton shakes a cockroach out of his boot and he lands next to Dee Dee, Marky and Joey. Notably, Joey then asks "You okay, Roger?" and Roger answers, "It was terrible! I was abducted by aliens, five of them! Monsters, real monsters with a terrible smell!", also referring to Space Goofs.
The Daltons
  • In the episode, Le Passage Secret, a dreaming Joe Dalton ends up getting squashed by Oggy's swatter and laughed at by the roaches.
  • In Fort Dalton, Joe drinks a potion that briefly transforms him into several people and creatures, including Oggy.
Ratz
  • In Bio Hazard, an otter who bears quite the resemblance to Oggy boards the S.S. Wanderer in an attempt to keep its pollution in check.
Space Goofs
  • In the episode Venus Junior, Oggy and the Cockroaches are briefly seen on the aliens' TV in their very first appearance.
  • In Stupid Invaders, Bud rides a rocking horse belonging to the new neighbours that resembles Oggy.
  • In Madame Zelza, when Etno turns the pages of a book with his foot, an illustration of Oggy appears.
  • In Get Off My Couch, the psychoanalyst's first patient is Jackie Nacho.
  • In Doodle, Gorgious swipes drawings of Oggy, Jack and the cockroaches from a kid.
  • In Space Sailors, when the house gets slightly flooded, Joey, Marky and Dee Dee, astride a tube of toothpaste, paddle by Etno and wave to him.
  • In The Alien Show, a few seconds of Love & Kisses can briefly be seen while the aliens are channel surfing.
Zig & Sharko
  • In Blown Up!, a pool toy that resembles Oggy can be seen when Bernie and Zig look into the freighter's hold.

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