Sunday, March 1, 2015

Oggy and the Cockroaches

This week, Nickelodeon debuted an animated series called Oggy and the Cockroaches. Will it be something better than what Nick has to offer in the animation department these days, or was it just low quality like most of the modern Nicktoons. Get my review below.

The show centers on Oggy, a blue cat who spends his days watching TV and eating, or at least he would if it weren't for three roaches - Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky (who were named after the band members of the punk group The Ramones). They enjoy making his life miserable by doing things such as plundering his refrigerator to hijacking the train Oggy just boarded.

First off, Oggy and the Cockroaches doesn't feel very original. If you read the synopsis, then you probably noticed that Oggy and the Cockroaches sounds like Tom and Jerry. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Fred Quimby originally want Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera to do Tom and Jerry because cay vs. mouse was already an established rivalry. He only changed his mind because the audience liked it, and 75 years later, Tom and Jerry is still going.

Despite all the similarities, Oggy isn't completely unoriginal. Like Tom and Jerry, it relies on slapstick, but dials it up a notch. While most slapstick cartoons have characters dropping items such as anvils and pianos on each other, this show sometimes uses buses or submarines. It also put a cat up against roaches instead of a mouse.

Overall, I did enjoy Oggy and the Cockroaches. Now just because this show is good doesn't mean Nick is heading back it the right direction. Oggy and the Cockroaches is not an in house production. It's an import from France. In fact, when I was doing the research needed to make a good review, I found out that Oggy originally aired in the U.S. on Fox Family (now ABC Family) and Fox Kids from 1998-1999. I still reviewed it anyway because this site hasn't been very active lately (too busy with school among other things).

Final Score: 3/5

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