And you think escargots are gross...note From the left, Oggy. On the right, top to bottom: Marky, Dee Dee and Joey
The slapstick trickster cartoon. You know the drill: some character pulls a mean one on another. The victim retaliates. Both parties get caught up in an escalating spiral of cartoon violence. Hilarity Ensues, until houses are leveled down, forests are ravaged, cities are lain waste, and the world goes Kaboom!!. Then they start it all over again in the next episode.This time-honored formula, featured in many Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry shorts, gets a revival in the French production Oggy and the Cockroaches (Oggy et les Cafards- 1998-1999, 2008, 2013). Each 7-minute short (there are 195 of them) follows the life of the blue rotund cat Oggy, who has the misfortune to share the same house with three cute but naughty roaches: Dee Dee, Marky and Joey. Their sole purpose of existence is to have fun with Oggy by pulling a series of practical jokes. Oggy is sometimes helped by his cousin Jack, a green cat with a knack in mechanics and a short fuse. Factor in a burly neighborhood bulldog named Bob, and you have a great slapstick set-up.Oggy is renowned for its expressive use of mime — the cats may make cat sounds or (rarely) speak in gibberish, but there is no dialog, and written words are kept to a minimum. Without the need for dubbing, the show is able to reach a wide international audience.The Characters page.The WMG page.
Aerith and Bob: In a show where characters have names like "Jack" or "Bob", Oggy's name seems out of place.
Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The cast and background characters who are animals have this: The cats; Oggy is blue, Jack is green. The cockroaches; while having purple bodies, Joey also has a purple face, Dee Dee's is orange and Marky's is green. Character such as Olivia and Bob, on the other hand, averts this.
Amusing Injuries: DEAR LORD, to say that the injuries of the characters are amusing is an understatement. This is Tom And Jerry Up to Eleven, and by GOD, is that saying something.
And I Must Scream: Oggy is victim to this, especially anytime certain things like being trapped in a piece of paper, becoming part of the cockroaches' train track, or being turned victim of a voodoo made out of clay clay. Occasionally, Jack too, especially in "Jack in a Box" and "Oggy's Puzzled".
Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: "So Lonely" has Oggy sealing the cockroaches in a metal can, thus finally ridding himself of them. Eventually, he finds that his life is boring without their pranks.
Cats Are Mean: This is mostly for Jack, although Oggy is no saint either.
Olivia is probably the only one who averts this trope.
Cultural Cross-Reference: A person in a SpongeBob costume appeared briefly in one episode. Another has Oggy hiding in the mailbox and popping out to receive the mail in a similar manner to Spongebob in "Chocolate with Nuts".
Leitmotif: Bob the bulldog has a French-horn theme, while Jack is often accompanied by electric guitar. The cockroaches have their theme tune, harpsichord, or both. Oggy shares his theme tune with the show's opening.
Non-Standard Character Design: Invoked in "For Real", when Oggy and Joey becomes zapped after Joey throws Oggy's Iphone, causing the two to be turned into a realistic cat and a realistic roach. Later, it happens to Jack, Dee Dee, Marky, and Bob during the successful attempt to change Oggy and Joey's appearance back to normal. Bob's appearance, well, it's quite become threatening.
Santa Claus: As a giant godlike anthropomorphic Christmas stocking in "Green Peace", which makes it all the more funny when he accidentally trips over a tree stump and destroys the last standing Christmas tree in a forest. He appears again with the traditional appearance in "Santa Oggy", where he got injured thanks to the cockroaches, and Oggy helps him to deliver the presents.
Scooby-Dooby Doors: Subverted in "Caviar On The House!", where Oggy chases the cockroaches into a door in a hallway full of them, then the scene changes.