In a World where food and water are harder to find than the garbage left behind, a lone lizard fights for survival against a tenacious gang of vicious desert bandits. Meet Oscar, a tiny reptile surviving in a hostile world. For him, every day is a battle. And every day is in danger of being his last...Well, OK, maybe that's a mite overdramatic.Oscar's Oasis is a series of computer-animated shorts centering around the eponymous Oscar and his attempts at scavenging food in a non-descript desert. His main source of antagonism comes from a trio of desert animals who squabble with each other as often as they fight the other characters.The formula of every episode promises several chase scenes, quirky animation, choppy editing, and absolutely no dialogue. Much of the cartoon itself seems largely inspired by the classic Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts.
Antagonist in Mourning: A downplayed version happens in "Day of the Chicken". Oscar does not die, but he is forced to be hugged by a baby chick for an indefinite amount of time. Harchi, Popy, and Buck are quite touched for his Heroic Sacrifice.
Antagonist Title: The show was preceded by a series of six one-minute shorts called Ooohhh Asis. Among other notable differences, the female fennec character Popy was originally a male named Panic. The first episode of Ooohhh Asis was entitled "Panic Attack".
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : In "Bad Seed" the trio has a whole crate of strawberries and when Oscar steals one Popy has Harchi and Buck chase after him to get it back. Subverted in that this is just a distraction so she can have the rest of the strawberries to herself.
Early Installment Weirdness: In the earlier "Ooohh Asis" shorts Popy was a male fennec fox named Panic. Early episodes also often depict the trio just trying to survive in the desert, competing with Oscar over food and water, while later ones show they have their own home, food and soft drink to spare, and spend most of their time just goofing around when they're not bullying Oscar.
In the first couple episodes, Oscar has visible teeth. Barring occasional cases of Sudden Anatomy, he is toothless in the rest of the series.
Heavy Sleeper: Manolo is always asleep through the chaos caused by the animal characters.
Here We Go Again: The episode "Amazing Chicken" has Oscar and the others deal with a chicken that becomes gigantic and green after exposure to radioactive waste. After the chicken returns to normal, the episode ends with Oscar sleeping by one of the giant eggs the chicken laid, which then hatches into a giant green chick.
Magic Music: In "Chicken Charmer" Oscar finds a toy trumpet and finds he can control the chickens with it. Later when Popy and her gang get their hands on it and try to use it after it's been broken they find it now attracts alligators.
Mama Bear: The chickens will stop at nothing to prevent Oscar from eating their eggs.
Meat-O-Vision: In "Fluff The Magic Lizard", the trio picture the escaping chickens as bouncing cooked drumsticks.
Misplaced Wildlife: Harchi is a hyena living in what looks like a North American desert. The alligators as well.
A group of meerkats occasionally show up.
Mistaken for Aliens: "Godlizard Returns" has Oscar get a fishbowl stuck on his head, resulting in Buck, Harchi, and Popy mistaking him for an alien in Harchi's comic book.
Mooning: "The Fly" has a fly land on Oscar's stretched-out tongue and shaking its rump to taunt him. It turns out to be a big mistake when Oscar retracts his tongue to eat the fly in retaliation.
The Narrator: In the French version, a man introduces the characters during their name shots. "Enter Oscar...." (Assuming he appears in the story first), and then "Enter (first of the trio to appear), (name of the second to appear), and (last to appear)".
No Fourth Wall: In her character introduction in "Hot Dog Way of Life", Popy seems to notice the "camera" and puts on a sultry pose.
Non-Indicative Name: Despite being called "Oscar's Oasis", the show takes place in a desert, with few oasises around.
Off Model: In one scene of the episode "Golf Club", Harchi's hair is missing.
Papa Wolf: In "Food Chain" Buck's parental instincts kick in when he finds a lost baby vulture and has to protect it from Popy and Harchi, who want to eat it.
Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Blueberry", Harchi, Popy, and Buck attempt to infiltrate a chicken farm by wearing red gloves on their heads and flapping their arms while clucking.
Pet the Dog: In "Lost", Buck and Popy are both very upset when they believe Harchi is dead.
Playing Sick: In "Bad Seed" after Popy is caught eating the strawberries she gets Harchi and Buck's sympathy by pretending the strawberries were bad and made her sick.
Played straight at the end of the episode "For a Fistful of Corn".
Potty Emergency: In "Lizard in the Sky" Harchi and Buck hide the toilet paper on Popy while she frantically runs about trying to find a substitute. Why? To keep her distracted while they prepare her birthday party.
"Firefly Flash" has a scene where Roco stops for a pee break.
Shout-Out: One of the episodes is entitled "Road Runners" as a possible homage to the series' inspiration.
In the episode "Amazing Chicken", when the huge, mutated green hen pursues Manolo's truck and reaches it kicks the vehicle with the head as in the Jurassic Park scene where the T.Rex is chasing the SUV of the protagonists.
Too Dumb to Live: In "Leader of the Pack" when fireworks land in front of the trio they waste time trying to blow out the fuses and Harchi is the only one who thinks of running... and he runs right back after getting a bucket to cover Popy's head.
Vague Age: Only Popy's age has been shown, though it's possible she was lying. She takes a bunch of candles off her birthday cake (Buck wasn't sure how old she was, so he just put them all on) leaving six.
Where The Hell Is Springfield?: Nobody's really sure which desert this cartoon takes place in, but it borrows pretty heavily from North American deserts.