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, 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 Gaumont (France's premier film studio) 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 for 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.
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; Dee Dee has a blue body and orange head, Marky has a grey body and green head and Joey has a pink body and purple head. Character such as Olivia and Bob, on the other hand, avert 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 certain things like being trapped in a piece of paper, becoming part of the cockroaches' train track, or turned victim of a voodoo doll made out of clay. Occasionally, Jack too, especially in "Jack in a Box" and "Oggy's Puzzled".
Ascended Extra: Bob, by Season 4, where he shows up even more frequently than the last three seasons.
At the Opera Tonight: "A Night at the Opera" features Jack as the headliner of an opera, with Dee Dee attempting to shove his way into the spotlight, all while Oggy attempts to stop him, along with Joey and Marky, from ruining his cousin's night from behind the scenes.
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.
Coat Full of Contraband: Parodied by the cockroaches with their chests painted and wearing watch-less trenchcoats in "Black and White".
Cockroach Popsicle: Not exactly with ice, but in "Oggy Van Winkle", Oggy discovers a gun that can freeze people, which he uses on the cockroaches. When the cockroaches are thawed out by a passing poodle, they find themselves in the future, where Oggy and Jack have become elderly. Later, at the end, they use it on Oggy and Jack, who then wake up even further into the future, where the cockroaches are old too.
Country Cousin: The cockroaches' cousin comes to visit in "Roachy Redneck". He's a farmer with a disgusting food palate, and, much to the disdain of his cousins, manages to get on the good side of Oggy.
Crossover Punchline: Night Watchmen has Oggy and the cockroaches falling into acid and turned into slime, and they enter a washing machine, which turns them into clothing, animals, then aliens... except that the "aliens" are clearly the titular characters of Space Goofs.
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".
Cut-and-Paste Suburb: Oggy and company live in such a suburb. Oggy's house's roof is a different color. This becomes a problem in "Little Tom Oggy" when Oggy and Dee Dee get lost in the neighborhood.
Depending on the Writer: In each episode, it will be determined if Oggy (and sometimes Jack) or the Cockroaches wins in the episode they are starring (though sometimes, they both can lose).
Also it depends on the episode which character is the bigger jerkass if at all.
Diet Episode: "Oggy's Diet" and "Dee Dee's Diet". In Oggy's episode, it was so he could catch the cockroaches easier; for Dee Dee, it was so he could avoid being caught. Dee Dee actually managed to shed the pounds...only to gain them back in the end.
Driving Test: The car is destroyed, but Oggy gets a pass. The instructor is blind.
For the Evulz: When the cockroaches aren't trying to get food or some other object of interest from Oggy or Jack, they're just messing with them for fun. But sometimes, it can be vice-versa.
Foreign Queasine: In "Roachy Redneck", the cockroaches' redneck cousin brings along with him his specialty cheese recipe. It's moldy, has worms crawling in it, and can knock out even his disgusting cousins with one sniff, while he eats it with no problems. It also ends up having very strong plant-growing properties, much to the delight of Oggy.
Fountain of Youth: "Back to the Past" features Oggy, Jack, and Bob accidentally facing the wrath of a witch and turned into elementary school-aged kids, with Olivia and Joey forced to track the witch down to reverse the spell, while Dee Dee and Marky watch over the three. In the end, the same thing ends up happening to Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky.
Four Fingered Hand: Lampshaded in "Back to the Past (Featuring Olivia)", wherein an age-reduced Oggy and Bob tried to help out an also age-reduced Jack with a math problem (5+5) in school by silently telling him to count his fingers. Once the other students laughed at Jack's mistake, Oggy and Bob merely shrugged in confusion to each other.
Groin Attack: Oggy in the episodes 'The Techno-files', 'Going Up',' Welcome to Paris', 'Boxing Fever', and 'Upside Down'. Jack in the episode 'Go for it, Jack'.
Hiccup Hijinks: In "The Hiccup", Oggy suffers through a bout of them throughout the episode, with the cockroaches using them to their full advantage to mess with Oggy even further. He's cured by the next day, only to suffer from a continuous sneezing fit.
Interspecies Romance: Oggy once had a very pretty human girlfriend who had a crush on one of the roaches. Oggy, of course, was jealous
In one episode Jack gets married to a poodle.
Kissing Cousins: Jack, Oggy's cousin, is attracted (and has the feeling reciprocated) to Monica, Oggy's twin sister. One episode has them with an infant.
Klatchian Coffee: "Shake, Oggy, Shake" has Oggy accidentally drinking a super brewed coffee (courtesy of the cockroaches pouring tons of grounds in his espresso press). He ends up a jittery hyperactive mess throughout the episode, and it doesn't help that it's chores day.
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.
Lightning Can Do Anything: "Oggy VS Super Roach" has Dee Dee getting struck by lightning and having his strength increased. At the end, it happens to Marky, Joey and Oggy as well.
Non-Standard Character Design: Invoked in "For Real", when Oggy and Joey get zapped after Joey throws Oggy's I Phone into a generator, 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 quite becomes quite threatening.
Relax-o-Vision: The show does this frequently, even having the characters either move the camera, or put a picture in front of the camera to stop us from seeing the ensuing violence. They do show the result of the violence though.
Ringer Ploy: Oggy uses this on Joey when he finds a lookalike of him* The lookalike has a white tip on his tail, unlike Oggy walking by.
Road Runner VS Coyote: While it's clear that the cockroaches are the antagonists of the series, either side of the ongoing fight can be the winner of the fight for the episode, sometimes both sides win, other times neither will, and yet still a third party can end up the winner
Santa Claus: As a giant godlike anthropomorphic Christmas stocking in "Green Peace", which makes it all the funnier 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.
Shown Their Work: A subtle example: In the beginning of The Movie, Oggy evolves from a microbe into a cat. If one looks closely, after he becomes a jellyfish, he evolves into a worm-like thing (Possibly a Pikaia), then into an eel (Possibly an Agnathan fish).
Slapstick: Hoo, boy!
Smelly Feet: Both Oggy and Dee Dee have them. Oggy's stench can knock people out and Dee Dee's sock juices are potent enough to dissolve metal.
Stock Animal Diet: Oggy, despite eating tons of food cats shouldn't be eating, is a big fan of milk (he often heats it on the stove) and fish. He's actually too afraid of mice to even attempt to eat them.