A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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