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Oggy and the Cockroaches (also known as Oggy et les Cafards in French) is a French animated comedy series
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produced by Xilam Animation.

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

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 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 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, Oggy et les Cafards used to air under its English name "Oggy and the Cockroaches" on Nickelodeon India since 2009 with voice-actors voicing the characters in voices of famous Indian film stars in Hindi. The entire series was re-dubbed with different voices for Cartoon Network. As of 16th 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.

International broadcast

The names of Cockroaches were changed on Cartoon Network India like: - Motu(DeeDee)'s name is heard as "Bablu". - Chhotu(Joey)'s name is heard as "Jablu". - Lambu(Marky)'s name is heard as "Chaplu". Oggy and the Cockroaches is currently broadcast in 151 countries and territories worldwide, making it a successful hit.

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.

Season Episodes Season Premire Season Finale Year DVD Release
Season One 78 Episodes August 13, 1999 May 18, 2001 1999-2001 September 21, 2003
Season Two 78 Episodes August 9, 2002 May 19, 2006 2002-2006 October 18, 2006
Season Three 39 Episodes August 17, 2007 May 15, 2009 2007-2009 December 16, 2010
Season Four 78 Episodes August 10, 2012 May 23, 2014 2012-2013 Unknown

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

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!

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