Oscar's Oasis

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Oscar's Oasis
Oscar's Oasis poster.jpg
Genre Comedy
Created by Tae-Sik Shin[1]
Directed by
  • Arthur Qwak[2]
  • Tae-Sik Shin
  • Joeri Christiaen
  • Frédéric Martin
  • Fabrice Fouquet
  • Stéphane Mit
  • Yoshimichi Tamura
  • Geoffroy De Crécy
  • Lionel Allaix
  • Marco Allard
  • Dominique Debar
  • Olivier Derynck
Starring
  • Marie Facundo[3]
  • Sly Johnson
  • Martial Le Minoux
  • Jérémy Prevost
Composer(s) Le Chantier[3]
Country of origin France
South Korea[3]
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 78
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Sung-Jai Ahn[1]
  • Corinne Kouper
  • Eugene Kang
  • Tom van Waveren
  • Genevieve Dexter
  • Guillaum Hellouin
Editor(s) Nazim Meslem[3]
Running time 7.5 minutes
Production company(s) TeamTO[4]
Tuba Entertainment[4]
Distributor Cake Distribution
(outside France)[5]
Release
Original network Canal+ and Canal+ Family
TF1 (since 2011)
Picture format HDTV 1080p
Original release September 2010

Oscar's Oasis (French Oscar & Co) is a French-South Korean computer animated television series consisting of 78 7-minute episodes.[1] It was produced by TeamTO and Tuba Entertainment, co-produced by Cake Entertainment, Synergy Media and TF1, with the participation of Canal+ Family, Teletoon, EBS, BENEX, and Carrimages 5, and the support of National Center of Cinematography and the moving image (CNC), the Rhône-Alpes Region, the Poitou-Charentes region and Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA).[5] Although the series contains no dialogue,[1] it features the voices of Marie Facundo, Sly Johnson, Martial Le Minoux and Jérémy Prevost.[3]

Originally, the series was called Ooohhh Asis, and was composed of seven one-minute-and-a-half episodes, which were broadcast from 26 March 2008 on TF1.[6][7] Oscar's Oasis debuted in its new format at the 2010 MIPTV Media Market.[8] The series premiered on Canal+ and Canal+ Family in September 2010, and was broadcast on TF1 since late summer 2011.[2][7] In July 2011, the series was released on Nintendo 3DS in 3D.[9]

Synopsis[edit]

Oscar is a lizard living in a non-specific desert that has features from several different real deserts, like the Sahara, Kalahari Desert, and North American deserts. An asphalt concrete highway runs through the area, used from time to time by various cargo trucks. Oscar is generally searching for food or water; he sometimes discovers liquid, in bottles or elsewhere, but is usually frustrated from recovering it for drink. An oasis supplies the only fresh water in the area, but its thick population of irascible and hungry crocodiles renders it inaccessible. At considerable personal risk (lizard is a delicacy for chickens), Oscar occasionally manages to steal an egg from a nearby hen coop, and he sometimes explores one of the piles of trash that litter the parched landscape. Popy, a fennec fox; Buck, a vulture; and Harchi, a hyena, inhabit a derelict school bus situated on a neighboring hill, but they mostly race about on a cast-off warehouse or grocery cart powered by Harchi and directed by Popy. Like Oscar, the trio constantly search for food and water - often competing with him, sometimes abusing him as a means, but occasionally cooperating with him when it suits their purpose. The main characters often find themselves falling off cliffs a la Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner, wherein the law of gravity is briefly suspended while the character comes to realize their imminent doom.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The four main characters are:[4]

  • Oscar - The main character of the show. He is a gecko that is always getting into trouble with the trio – Popy, Buck, and Harchi – and the chickens too. Oscar is always trying to catch flies and find some water, but most of the time things don’t come out right. Whenever he has something interesting, the trio always tries to take it from him. Whilst he in turn often tries to steal the trio's food.
  • Popy - a fennec fox, the boss of the trio, the one who gives the orders. She is quite clever and sneaky, tricking the other animals as well as the two others in the trio. As shown in the episodes Pronto Express and Bad Seed, she is also greedy.
  • Buck - a vulture, the nerd of the trio, he always approves when Harchi gets yelled at by Popy.
  • Harchi - a hyena, the brawn of the trio, he is given the physical jobs. He normally acts as the driving force behind the makeshift cart that he along with his friends chase Oscar or the chickens with. In the event of them taking a collective tumble, it’s he who catches everyone so they avoid the ravine. Sometimes he can also show stupidity.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Manolo - a truck driver who transports various items in the series. He is always asleep at the wheel while his dog, Roco, drives.
  • Roco - Manolo's loyal and faithful dog. He always tries to keep their cargo safe and frequently chases Oscar and the trio or tries to deter them from the contents of the moving vehicle. He is generally more friendly with Oscar than with the trio.
  • Laura / Lizardette - a female lizard to whom Oscar's heart belongs, though they sometimes compete with each other over things. In one episode she has babies, but it's unknown who her mate is.
  • The Chickens - their half-closed eyes give them a nonchalant, blasé appearance. They fall blindly into the traps laid for them, and get out of them without realizing they have escaped any kind of danger. They always try to eat Oscar.
  • The Crocodiles - the most feared animals of the desert and the top predators.
  • The Skunk - He doesn’t smell good. He is always afraid of Oscar, but the trio are always afraid of him because of his smell. He often takes the trio's fruit.
  • Meerkat - The "Thieves" of the desert, they sometimes steal stuff from the trio as they compete with Oscar. In some episodes, however, they work together with Oscar against the trio.
  • The Dung Beetles - Oscar's friends who occasionally help him out of tough predicaments. Oscar once helped them roll up a large ball of dung, which they have never forgotten.
  • Junior - Oscar's adopted son who made only one appearance in the show.

Episodes[edit]

Each episode runs for 7 minutes and there are 78 episodes in total.[1]

  1. "Bad Trip"
  2. "Egg Race"
  3. "Finding Water" (First appearance of Manolo and Roco)
  4. "Baby Doll"
  5. "Falling in Love" (First appearance of Lizardette)
  6. "The Fly"
  7. "Hot Dog Way of Life"
  8. "Walking on the Moon" (First appearance of the meerkats)
  9. "Chicken Charmer"
  10. "Oasis Cup"
  11. "Home Sweet Home"
  12. "Road Runners"
  13. "Top Gun"
  14. "Beach Dream"
  15. "Blueberry"
  16. "Meerkat Blues"
  17. "Parasol, Parabole and Satellite Dish"
  18. "Barbecue Party"
  19. "Pronto Express"
  20. "Junior"
  21. "Strike!"
  22. "Cuckoo Horn"
  23. "Fly Force One"
  24. "The Great Escape"
  25. "Rock a Bye Booboo"
  26. "Fluff the Magic Lizard"
  27. "Lost"
  28. "Forbidden Zone" (First appearance of the skunk)
  29. "Chicken Ace"
  30. "Lizard: wanted"
  31. "Yummi Oscar"
  32. "Mom in Spit of Himself"
  33. "Corn to be Wild"
  34. "Amazing Chicken"
  35. "Power of Love"
  36. "Seventh Heaven"
  37. "Pineapple Chase"
  38. "Sweet Smell Of Success"
  39. "Food Chain"
  40. "Barrel Story"
  41. "Egg Over Easy"
  42. "Forbidden Paradise"
  43. "Scam Sandwich"
  44. "Get Out of It"
  45. "Winning Ticket"
  46. "Collector Mania"
  47. "Lucked Out"
  48. "Firefly Flash"
  49. "Godlizard Returns"
  50. "My Bodyguard"
  51. "Touching Bottom"
  52. "Sound Bites"
  53. "Black Run"
  54. "One For All"
  55. "Frost Bitten"
  56. "Day of the Chicken"
  57. "The Unexpected Hero"
  58. "Busy Day"
  59. "Lizard in the Sky"
  60. "Hiccup and Away"
  61. "Bad Seed"
  62. "Smells Like Trouble"
  63. "Leader of the Pack"
  64. "Momma Croc"
  65. "Toothbrush Tussel"
  66. "Radio Active"
  67. "Sweet Heart" (Features clips from previous episodes, mainly the ones with Oscar's girlfriend)
  68. "Golf Club"
  69. "A Manolo's Best Friend"
  70. "Revenge of the Small Fry"
  71. "He's got Rhythm"
  72. "Roco's Treasure"
  73. "Follyball"
  74. "Down In The Dumps"
  75. "Witness The Fitness"
  76. "Hunt for Red Hot Chilli Pepper"
  77. "For a Fistful of Corn"
  78. "Picture Perfect" (Features a clip from the previous episode "Lizard: wanted")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Oscar's Oasis". Cake Entertainment. Archived from the original on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Oscar & Co" (in French). TeamTO. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Oscar & Co "Poule de choc"". Annecy. Archived from the original on 28 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Oscar's Oasis THE HEAT IS ON" (PDF). Cake Entertainment. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "ACMSiggraph Video Review Issue 171" (PDF). SIGGRAPH. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Des News de l'anim - No 16" (in French). Syndicat des Producteurs de Films d'Animation. March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Pickard, Christopher (16 June 2015). "TeamTO AT 10: A Timeline". Variety. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Des News de l'Anim - No 35" (in French). Syndicat des Producteurs de Films d'Animation. March 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Download the free Nintendo Video application, only for Nintendo 3DS" (Press release). Nintendo. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 

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