Oggy and the Cockroaches

Oggy

Oggy and the Cockroaches (French: Oggy et les Cafards) is a French comedy animated television series produced by Gaumont Multimedia (first two seasons) and Xilam Animation (third season onwards), and created by Jean-Yves Raimbaud, co-creator of Space Goofs, who died during production of Oggy’s first season. The show employs silent comedy: characters either do not speak or use unintelligible vocalizations and gestures. The show premiered in September 1998 on France 3, and later expanded internationally.

In September 2020, the series was reported to be rebooted as Oggy and the Cockroaches: Next Generation in where Oggy takes care of Piya, a seven-year-old female elephant from India.[4][5]

Oggy, an anthropomorphic cat, would prefer to spend his days watching television and eating but is continually pestered by three roaches: Joey, Marky and Dee Dee. The cockroaches’ slapstick mischief ranges from plundering Oggy’s refrigerator to hijacking the train he just boarded. In many situations, Oggy is also helped by Jack, who is more violent and short-tempered than him and is also annoyed by the cockroaches. Bob, a short-tempered bulldog, also appears in the show and is Oggy’s neighbour.

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    Oggy is a cat with a light blue body, green eyes, red nose, grey tummy and white feet. Oggy usually spends his time either watching TV or doing housework — when not chasing the cockroaches. 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. Whenever he finds himself alone in his house, he will eventually begin to miss the cockroaches along with their pranks (as seen in the episode “Priceless Roaches” and “So Lonely”/”Alone at last”) followed by nothing interesting happening in his life. He also has a fear of heights, as shown in Season 1 episodes “The Rise & The Fall”/”Vertigo”, but in “The Lighthouse Keeper” Jack has a morbid fear of heights instead of him.

    The Cockroaches are a gang of three cockroaches named Dee Dee, Marky and Joey, who loves playing tricks on other characters such as Oggy and Jack. However, if the cats left, they would miss each other as seen in “Moving Out”.

        Dee Dee is the youngest cockroach with a dark blue body, orange head, black nose, green eyes and black feet. Always hungry, his appetite sometimes reaches insane proportions, often resulting in the consumption of larger animals or other things that would otherwise be inedible (such as hyenas in one case and, due to the effects of a poisonous mushroom in another case, an insect; other instances include the fish on the wallpaper in “Oggy’s Clone”/”Oggy’s Costume” and a clownfish in “Scuba Diving”). He is known to like opera. Sometimes it is shown that his feet are so foul-smelling that the juice they produce is toxic and can melt objects, as seen in “Caught in a Trap”/”High-Security Fridge”.

        Marky is the tallest and middle cockroach with a silver body, green head, black nose, pink eyes (originally red), and black feet. Although Marky originally used to love causing mischief just like Dee Dee and Joey, he has grown to be more laid-back as the series progress. In most episodes, he is shown with Dee Dee as his partner. His hobbies are dating puppets and reading books; he also has bad breath as revealed in “It’s a Small World”/”Itsy-Bitsy Oggy”. His eyes are red again in the end of the episode “Teleportation” where he is stuck in ice cubes.

        Joey (born 15 June 1991) is a cockroach with a purple-pink body, a pink right eye (originally red), a yellow left eye, a lavender head, a black nose, and black feet. Even though he is the shortest roach in the group, he is the most intelligent, always being the brain in the plans, but is sometimes forced to go alone because Marky and Dee Dee often think that his plans are stupid. He loves money, but his efforts always fall short, usually ending with him getting swatted or beaten up.

    Jack is a cat with an olive body, yellow eyes, a red nose, pale pink stomach, and white feet. In contrast to Oggy, he is more short-tempered, violent, and arrogant than him. He often finds himself building huge machinery, such as roach-catching contraptions, and is very interested in physics and chemistry (that is, the more explosive parts of it). Jack has an excellent relationship with Oggy, as he cares about him a lot, especially in the episode “Happy Birthday” where he tries to stop Oggy from suicide. Jack mostly lives and sleeps at Oggy’s house, and owns a green jeep in which he and Oggy go for journeys, beach, and fishing. He is sometimes seen trying to propose to Monica, but the cockroaches’ pranks always make it stop. In one episode (“Don’t Rock the Cradle”/”Oggy the Babysitter”), Jack and Monica seem to have a baby together and ask Oggy to babysit their child. In “Just Married”, Jack plans to get married but it got cancelled at the end due to roaches. In the Hindi dub, Jack is shown as the elder brother of Oggy.

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