France’s Xilam Animation is taking its perennial Oggy and the Cockroaches franchise to new spaces. The studio has announced Oggy Oggy, a preschool spin-off series that’ll mark the company’s first foray into producing CG-animation.
Set long before he met those pesky creatures, the show follows the adventures of Oggy in his youth as an eager and enthusiastic kitten. Sensitive and compassionate, Oggy feels compelled to help everyone he meets even when they don’t ask for it. Whether it’s a fearful pirate, a lonely astronaut or a farmer who lost her sheep, he’s there.
Xilam has big hopes for Oggy Oggy. Two seasons (156 x 7’) have been greenlit at an estimated budget of $22 million USD. The show is expected to start production next summer with a crew of 150, with broadcast of season one planned for late 2020. Season two will follow a year later.
Xilam believes the show will help the company expand its presence in the preschool space, after the success of Paprika. Additionally, the studio is using the opportunity to flex its muscles in the CG space. Xilam is aiming to eventually have at least half of its lineup consist of CG-animated productions.
Marc Du Pontavice, CEO of Xilam Animation, said: “We’re delighted to be extending the world of the iconic Oggy and the Cockroaches series with the launch of this spin-off. With a strong legacy and crossgenerational appeal, Oggy Oggy conveys important values such as kindness and resilience that will speak to the heart of our younger audience. Heartfelt storylines, compelling visual style and whimsical characters will bring together families thanks to the show’s humour and tenderness.”
Very much in the same style as classics like Tom and Jerry, Oggy and the Cockroaches debuted in 1998 and has continued ever since. Speaking to audiences throughout the world thanks to nonverbal storytelling, the show is broadcast in over 190 territories worldwide. It has previously been seen in the United States on FOX Kids, Nickelodeon and KidsClick. A feature film based on the series launched in 2013. The property also boasts more than 3.6 million subscribers on YouTube and garners over 150m views per month, while over on Facebook Oggy and the Cockroaches has reached 3.8 million fans, and the various apps have gathered over 20 million downloads.