Oggy and the Cockroaches (also known as Oggy et les Cafards in French) is a French animated series produced by Gaumont Film Company in 1998, creator of the popular series Space Goofs.
The show centers on Oggy, a content and lazy, albeit very tender fat blue cat, who would usually spend his days watching TV and cooking - if it wasn't for the three pesky roaches in the household: Joey, Dee Dee and Marky (named after members of the punk group Ramones). The trio seems to enjoy generally making Oggy's life miserable, which involves mischieves ranging from (in most cases) plundering his fridge to such awkward things like hijacking the train Oggy just boarded. 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. This show is a cross-between Tom and Jerry and Happy Tree Friends. There are no acceptable endings for the episodes — happy endings are never guaranteed.The 30 minute show typically contains 3 episodes. In total, 52 shows were produced. The voices were all provided by Marc du Pontavice, but no spoken voice is heard. However, certain voices like laughter could be used on one of the cats and later on one of the cockroaches when speeded 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.Oggy is the protagonist of the show. Bearing some uncanny resemblances to fellow cat Garfield, Oggy usually spends his time either watching TV or doing housework - when not chasing roaches. Although sometimes acting somewhat female (or in some cases, dressing like a maid, gardening), his gender can be considered male (in one episode the roaches steal his laundry bag and keep dropping a track of clothes - Oggy picks them up one-by-one, but embarrassingly moves offscreen when a bra becomes visible among the boxershorts and socks)Joey, a pink-bodied, purple-headed roach with a pink right eye and yellow left eye, is the self-proclaimed leader of the roaches. Even though he's the smallest roach in the gang, most of the time he's the brains behind the operations, but is often forced to go solo, because his companions think his plans are stupid.Dee Dee is an ever-hungry, devour-it-all purple-bodied, orange-headed roach with green eyes. His appetite sometimes reaches insane regions, often resulting in the consumption of larger animals (such as hyenas in one case and due to some plant in another case, an insect).Marky is a laid-back, suave heartbreaker grey-bodied, green-headed roach with pink eyes, often not really caring about what the two others are doing. His hobby is, obviously, dating girls - even puppets, and reading books.Jack is the other cat in the show. A complete opposite of Oggy, Jack is short-tempered, violent, arrogant - a perfect target for the roaches to annoy. He often finds himself building huge machinery such as roach-catching contraptions, most of the time resulting in backfiring. He is also very interested in Chemistry (that is, the more explosive parts of it). Jack is Oggy's cousin (he often sleeps over at Oggy's house) and neighbour (though he drives the couple of feet between their houses whenever he visits Oggy) . Jack can come into Oggy's home without knocking and he often goes to see Oggy to help him against the roaches' evil schemes. He owns a monster truck and his telephone number is 2.Bob, Oggy's huge neighbor dog, - though he's not mentioned in the opening credits - is one frequent star in the show. While Bob tries to live his life as quietly and calmly as possible, the next door racket usually results in destruction of his property, for which he usually responds with pummeling one of the cats. This mostly happens off-screen, usually because the image is changed to silly wallpaper-like backgrounds; the only hint the viewer gets is fighting sounds and cat-squealing. In the episode 'Working Cat', it is revealed his teeth and gum are entirely composed of metal. It is interesting to note that in the episode 'Off Limits', Bob has portraits of Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, and Catherine of Aragon on the walls of his house.Monica, Oggy's sister and Jack's love-interest. In one episode (Don't Rock The Cradle) they seem to have a child together. She visits Oggy's house every now and then. She is well known for being very active and likes to take on physical challenges such as sky diving and bungee jumping. She's always seen skating around on her inline skates. She has the least amount of appearances of all the main characters.



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