Oggy and the Cockroaches

Common Sense Media says

Slapstick cartoon offers little more than comic violence.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive messages

Oggy's relationship with the cockroaches is far more "hate" than "love," thanks to the bugs' relentless pestering and sabotage that usually ends with Oggy in pain. Their actions never bring the kind of consequences they'd face in the real world, but it's also hard to mistake the excessive injury-ridden pranks as something that would be feasible in the real world. Potty humor includes fart noises and grossness such as reaching up into a cat's nostrils. 

Positive role models

The cockroaches revel in causing grief and harm, and they react by laughing at their victimss predicaments. Oggy has a much kinder temperament, but even his patience is tried by his housemates' antics. His cousin, Jack, makes an easy target for their pranks because of his short temper, which causes him to seek revenge each time he's subjected to their tricks. 

Violence & scariness

Slapstick comedy is what this show is made of, and most of it involves injury befalling at least one of the characters. At times their fur is blown off by dynamite; they crash through a series of walls; they're pummeled by large objects, electrocuted, shaken, burned, dropped from great heights, and dismembered (but it's not bloody). Predictably, though, injuries always heal in remarkable time -- and in plenty of time for the show's next segment.    

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Oggy and the Cockroaches plays up slapstick comedy and physical violence among its mutually contentious characters to get laughs. An average episode has instances of characters being electrocuted, exploded, sliced into small shapes, run over by vehicles, burned, and dismembered, to name a few examples. Much like the classic slapstick of Tom and Jerry, none of the images is bloody, and all wounds heal in remarkable time, so there's never any consequence for the characters' actions. There's also some bathroom humor such as farting and other bodily functions.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

OGGY AND THE COCKROACHES chronicles the precarious relationship between a mild-mannered cat named Oggy and his three mischievous cockroach housemates -- Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky -- who live to make his life miserable. On any given day, Oggy might be subjected to meal theft, home explosions, and general plundering by the pesky bugs, but, with the help of his scheming cousin, Jack, he manages to get in a few hits of his own on the irritating trio.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Oggy and the Cockroaches takes the kind of black-and-blue power struggles first deemed hilarious in Tom and Jerry and dials them up a few notches with even more mean-spirited pranks. These three roaches are pests to the core, and their relentless badgering yields a show that's little more than a string of painful encounters between archenemies.

Sure, there's some creativity in how the mischief goes down (a cat's electrocution produces a perfectly cooked meal on a platter, for instance), and it's clear that the show's intent is to garner laughs rather than traumatize kids with any realistic violence. Ultimately, though, the bottom line is that it entertains strictly by playing up physical spats between common enemies, and it makes hard knocks something to laugh at, which sends some iffy messages to impressionable kids. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the characters play pranks on each other. Are any of them funny for the victim? How might you feel if you were the victim of some kind of teasing or bullying by a peer?

  • Do the characters seem like they're ever friends? Is it possible for friends to overcome major differences of opinion? What are some constructive ways to resolve conflict? 

  • What do you think of the violence in this show? Is any of it realistic? Does the fact that it's mostly fantasy make it more suitable for kids to see? 

TV details

Network:Online
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Bugs, Cats, dogs, and mice
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byChantal90 March 9, 2015
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2
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Sexual Content

I just saw a episode that just aired a few days ago and in the cartoon Oggy tried to distract a police dog by pointing to a cloud in the sky that to kids looks like a bone but us adults know better. It was a penis. Later on in the cartoon while they were in a light house there were posters on the walls of topless women. I'm so sick and upset that my 4 year old just watched that. She won't be watching this show anymore.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent Written byAndrewJ 1 February 22, 2015
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Same as Tom and Jerry

I really do not appreciate that it is so similar to Tom and Jerry, in my opinion, Tom and Jerry was much better. Don't waste your time.
Parent of a 3 year old Written bymama lina September 14, 2014
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4
QUALITY
 

Not at all educational but certainly hilarious and very creative!

If you like Tom & Jerry then you would definitely like to watch this show with your kids. Like Tom & Jerry its silent but full of action as Oggie and the cockroaches battle it out in every episode. I think that a lot of thought and creativity were put into this show when making it. The violence is more the funny type where the characters come out from anything unscathed. A huge fan!
What other families should know
Too much violence

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