Oggy and the Cockroaches

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Oggy and the Cockroaches
Oggy and the Cockroaches tittle.jpg
Oggy (left) with Dee Dee, Marky, and Joey
Genre Slapstick Comedy
Created by Jean-Yves Raimbaud
Developed by Marc du Pontavice
Directed by Olivier Jean-Marie
Country of origin France
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 348 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Marc du Pontavice
Producer(s) Marc du Pontavice
Running time 7 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Gaumont Film Company
Original channel TF1
Picture format (SDTV) (Season 1-3)
(HDTV) (Season 4)
(UHDTV (Season 5)[1]
Original release November 28, 1998 (1998-11-28)
External links

Oggy and the Cockroaches (known as Oggy et les Cafards in French, often shortened to Oggy) is a French animated comedy series produced by Xilam and Gaumont Film Company.


The show centers on Oggy, a blue cat, who would prefer to spend his days contentedly watching television and eating - if not for the three roaches in the household: Joey, Dee Dee and Marky (named after members of the punk group Ramones). The trio seems to enjoy making Oggy's life miserable, which involves mischief ranging from (in most cases) plundering his refrigerator 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 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 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.



In other media[edit]


An album, Oggy et les Cafards : Le Show du Chat, was released in France[2] on CD and for digital download on 6 September 2010.[3]

CD Drama[edit]

A CD drama, Oggy et les Cafards Volume 1, was released in France on CD and for digital download in October, 2012. It contains narrations of five episodes by Anthony Kavanagh.[4]


A French comic series is adapted from the cartoon, first started out in 2010. It is published by Dargaud, written by Diego Aranega, drawn and colourised by Frévin, also known as Sylvain Frécon.[5]

  • 16 April 2010 : Plouf, prouf, vrooo !
  • 5 November 2010 : Crac, boum, miaouuuuu !
  • 23 September 2011 : Bip...bip...bip...

Media information[edit]

Five DVDs came out in 2003 within the United States, with 12 episodes each. In 2005, several VHS's were released in NYC.

On 8 October 2008, a French DVD boxset of the complete first series plus the pilot and the episode Working Cat, is available. On 6 September 2010, three French DVD boxsets of the complete first series, of the complete second series and of the complete third series are available. On July 2011, a French DVD boxset containing all episodes from seasons 1, 2 and 3 became available.


A magazine version, called Oggy et les Cafards, le mag came out in France in 2009 (2 issues),[6] then again in 2011.

  • n°1 : 11 July 2009
  • n°2 : 21 October 2009[7]
  • n°3:[8] 14 January 2011[9]


The film Oggy and the Cockroaches: The Movie (originally Oggy et les Cafards, Le Film) was released to theatres on August 7, 2013.


Oggy and the Cockroaches originates in France where it was broadcast on networks France 3, Canal+, and Gulli. The series is also broadcast internationally. In Australia the series has aired on ABC1 and ABC3. In Canada the series has been broadcast on YTV and VRAK.TV. Oggy has been broadcast on SABC 1 in South Africa. In the United Kingdom, the series was broadcast on CITV, Fox Kids, POP and Kix. It currently airs on Nicktoons. The series was distributed in Italy by Mediaset on Italia 1 and Hiro, with the title Maledetti scarafaggi (literally Damned cockroaches). In India, the series is broadcast on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Sonic. The voice-over is based on mimicry of leading Bollywood actors (Oggy's voice is based on Shahrukh Khan, Jack's on Sunny Deol, Bob's on Shakti Kapoor, etc.)

In the United States, the series originally aired on Fox Kids and Fox Family from 1998 to 1999. It returned to US television on Nickelodeon on February 23, 2015, and Nicktoons on February 28, 2015.[10] The series is also available in the United States through the streaming services Netflix and Hulu.


On March 14, 2015, TMZ reported that a young viewer pointed out a brief image of a woman's breasts, shown in the episode "(Un)happy Camper!", which was broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States on the same day, with some parents complaining about the incident to the network.[11] However, the series aired in a timeslot (2:30 p.m. ET/PT) on the American Nickelodeon network before most school-age children got home from school, so the incident did not gain mainstream media attention. The series continued to air on Nickelodeon in that timeslot until the season's episodes were exhausted, and it aired on sister network Nicktoons until May 1, 2015, likely solely for contractual purposes due to Nickelodeon's worldwide deal for the series which requires some prime airing on its American networks.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Oggy and the Cockroaches - Xilam". xilam.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Jeansanteuil (2010-12-29). "Oggy et ses cafards, le dessin animé culte enfin en cd et dvd !" (in French). Le Post[fr]. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Nouveau en DVD et CD : Oggy et les cafards !" (in French). Fémin Actu. 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  4. ^ "Oggy et les Cafards Volume 1" (in French). Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Oggy and the Cockroaches in comics" (in French). Dargaud. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "NoOok - L'Atelier graphique des éditeurs". NoOok.fr (in French). Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  7. ^ "1 - Magazine Oggy et les Cafards en commande sur ZePresse.fr" (in French). ZePresse.fr. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  8. ^ "Picture of the n°1 of 2011 of the magazine Oggy et les Cafards, le mag". sc.turbopige.com (in French). Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  9. ^ "2 - Magazine Oggy et les Cafards en commande sur ZePresse.fr" (in French). ZePresse.fr. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  10. ^ "Nickelodeon TV Schedule - LocateTV". locatetv.com. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Nickelodeon Cartoon -- Topless Female Cartoon Character on the Boob Tube". TMZ (EHM Productions, Inc.). 14 March 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015.