Ovide and the Gang
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|Ovide and the Gang|
L-R: Groaner, Saphron, Ovide and Polo
|Directed by||Raymond Burlet
|Voices of||Fred Butter
Lucie de Lange
Paul van Gorcum
|Theme music composer||Carlos Leresche|
|Country of origin||Canada
|Running time||13 min.|
|Original release||March 12, 1987 – 1998|
La Bande à Ovide, a.k.a. Ovide and the Gang, is a 1980s animated TV show produced by the Canadian animation studio CinéGroupe (who also produced Sharky and George and The Little Flying Bears) in association with Belgium's Odec Kid Cartoons. It ran from 1987 to 1988 and also goes by the names "Ovide Video" and "Ovide's Video Show"; the series gained popularity in the United Kingdom when it was broadcast on the Children's BBC service in 1988 and 1989 in a Friday afternoon slot, while in the US, it was aired on Nick Jr. in 1992 and 1997, and it was aired on PBS Kids in 1998.
The show stars a blue platypus named Ovide who lives on a non-descript South Seas island, where he has adventures with his friends and thwarts Cy and Bobo, the show's villains.
- Ovide — The main character of the show. A duck-billed platypus, he is the unofficial leader of the group, and is smart, responsible and kind hearted. Ovide is voiced by Alain Zouvi.
- Saphron — Saphron is Ovide's cousin, and also a platypus. He is a good cook and gardener. Saphron is voiced by Terrence Scammell.
- Polo — A red lizard who always carries around a broom. The island's janitor and the "tough guy" of the group, and he's always trying and failing to catch Woody, a destructive woodworm. Polo is voiced by Terrence Scammell.
- Groaner — A white toucan, and one of Ovide's friends. His name comes from the fact that he's always telling weak jokes which make people groan. Groaner is voiced by Dean Hagopian.
- Doe, Rae & Mi — Protagonist koalas, always on twigs or the couch. Their names come from the first three solfège syllables, and they visually represent the three wise monkeys: Doe wears headphones hearing music (Hear no Evil), Rae wears sunglasses (See no Evil), and Mi almost always covers his mouth, and sometimes hiccups (Speak no Evil).
- Matilda — A female kangaroo. Not originally from the island, she mistook the others for cannibals and hid from them, but then warmed up to them. She is skilled with herbal remedies and with the boomerang. She is first seen in episode 18.
- Cy Sly — The primary antagonist of the show. He is a vain, scheming, megalomaniacal python. He is jealous of Ovide and wishes to overthrow him and gain control of the island. Cy is voiced by A.J. Henderson.
- Bobo — Cy's bumbling, Keel-billed toucan minion and only friend. Refers to Cy as "Boss". Despite his association with Cy, he has a good heart and wishes Ovide and his friends no ill-will. Bobo is also let off the hook a lot, unlike Cy who always suffers the consequences. Bobo is voiced by Terrence Scammell.
- Woody - A mischievous woodworm who tunnels around the island. He is known to alter the state of bowling games and gnaw holes into the base of Ovide's home. He is in constant conflict with Polo.
- Alvin - A blue sloth who lives in the forest of the island. His role in the cartoon is (more often than not) very minor and the only word he can pronounce is "Aye".
- Newscaster Lady - A pink-haired platypus whose name has not been revealed. She is the constantly-occurring face on television and the information she provides is beneficial to Ovide (and even Cy at times).
Role of television in Ovide
Television plays an important role in this series. In every episode, Ovide and his friends are watching a programme; Ovide carries a brown briefcase which contains a portable TV set; and there's a wandering TV on the island that approaches the characters at crucial moments and provides information important to the plot. Every time Cy sees the TV, he apparently becomes entranced by it.
|1||"The Case of the Disappearing Hens"||March 12, 1987|
|2||"Cy and the Solo Sailor"|
|3||"The Ghostly Galleon"|
|5||"The Creature of the Cave"|
|6||"The Treasure of the Endzones"|
|7||"The Island Games"|
|8||"Cy the Sorcerer"|
|10||"Great Slave Cake"|
|12||"Boom Boom Beefcake"|
|13||"A Jocular Genie Named Jack"|
|14||"Run for Your Lives!"|
|17||"Rex on the Rampage"|
|18||"The Australian Amazon"|
|19||"A Joke in Poor Taste"|
|20||"Cy, the Prince of Darkness"|
|21||"The Siren's Song"|
|22||"Just for Laughs"|
|23||"The Invincible Strength Potion"|
|24||"The Big Chill"|
|25||"The Island Rally"|
|26||"The Crimson Tide"|
|29||"The Secret of the Crypt"|
|31||"All You Need Is Love"|
|32||"The Long-Life Battery Blues"|
|33||"When Friends Fall Out"|
|34||"The Great Chef"|
|35||"A Tail of a Crypt"|
|36||"If Only ..."|
|37||"Cy Lays an Egg"|
|38||"Backward to Victory"|
|39||"A Small Problem"|
|40||"Stuck, Stranded and Swamped"|
|41||"The Curse of Doctor Voodoo"|
|43||"Spirit, Are You There?"|
|44||"Winner Take All"|
|45||"The Nectar of Happines"|
|46||"A Peculiar Plague"|
|48||"His Own Worst Enemy"|
|50||"The Cold War"|
|54||"The Chicken Charmer"|
|55||"Bringing Up Baby"|
|58||"Friday the 13th"|
|59||"The Zone Phone Company"|
|60||"The Trying Time"|
|63||"The Great Wall"|
|64||"The Island of the Green Rock"|
|65||"Season 1 Episode 65"||1998|
A number of these episodes were released on VHS by Celebrity Home Entertainment for the "Just for Kids" series, hosted by Noel C. Bloom Jr. during the late 1980s and (assumingly) early 1990s.