Jean-Yves Raimbaud

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Jean-Yves Raimbaud
Jean-Yves Stephane Marcel Raimbaud

(1958-02-27)February 27, 1958
DiedJune 28, 1998(1998-06-28) (aged 40)
Paris, France
Other namesJ.Y. Raimbaud
OccupationScreenwriter, animator
Years active1975-1998
Known forBeing the creator of Oggy and the Cockroaches and the co-creator of Space Goofs
Notable work
Oggy and the Cockroaches
Space Goofs

Jean-Yves Stephane Marcel Raimbaud (February 27, 1958 – June 28, 1998) was a French animator and screenwriter. He is best known for creating the animated series, Oggy and the Cockroaches, which officially debuted posthumously on September 6, 1998 on France 3.[1] He also created Space Goofs, which was his first show produced by the studios Gaumont Multimedia and Xilam.

Raimbaud died in June 1998.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Raimbaud was born on February 27, 1958 in Évreux in France. At age 14, he abandoned his studies in favour of training as a painter in words. He made his debut in drawing, although initially, he mainly drew billboards.[1]

Career[change | change source]

In 1975, he joined a small animation studio called DIC Entertainment created by Jean Chalopin. This was where he learned to make cartoons. In the studio he met directors Bruno Bianchi (Inspector Gadget), Bernard Deyriès (The Mysterious Cities of Gold).

In 1986, Raimbaud created his own studio, Jingle, with Christian Masson (advertising and producer). 25 people were hired to work under them.

It was not until 1988 that Jingle by itself made a series: Manu created by cartoonist Frank Margerin. 104 episodes were broadcasted on La Cinq, starting in March, 1990. Raimbaud aimed to create cartoons that weren't tasteless and only for children. In 1992, the bankruptcy and liquidation of La Cinq caused the closure of many production companies and in 1993, Jingle became bankrupt.

Gaumont Multimedia[change | change source]

By then Raimbaud was known in the community and Gaumont Film Company hired him to revive the films of Asterix and Lucky Luke that were last produced in the 1970s. Raimbaud was promoted to artistic director of the new studio, Gaumont Multimedia. Raimbaud began working on Highlander: The Series for M6. During this time he also created the series The Little Witches. The series was produced by Millésime Productions for TF1 and it would be sold for little in Europe. Raimbaud came up with an idea he could not have realized at Jingle. The story of shipwrecked aliens on Earth who took refuge in a house for rent. With writer Philippe Traversat, he created the series Home to Rent in the style of 1950s cartoons. The title of the series became Space Goofs during its broadcast on France 3 in September, 1997. Against all odds, the series became one of the most popular programs introduced in the same year. it also exported well beyond France, alongside his wife, Béatrice Guillot Raimbaud, GP. He later made Oggy and the Cockroaches, which was released after his passing in 1998.

Illness and death[change | change source]

Raimbaud was diagnosed with lung cancer in the early 1990s[according to whom?], and died of it on June 28, 1998 in Paris, France.

Creations' success[change | change source]

Space Goofs was proven popular within children and adults, and had received a second season in the 2000's, a single of "Monster Men" (the theme song, by Iggy Pop), a few DVD releases, a video game adaptation co-produced by Ubi Soft Entertainment and an unfinished film adaptation, that only had one preview available online. A reboot of sorts was never considered after Stupid Invaders released.

However, Oggy and the Cockroaches became his longest-running franchise, due to it being under Xilam's ownership – receiving 7 seasons, 2 spinoffs (Oggy Oggy and Oggy and the Cockroaches Next Generation) and a film adaptation. The series was also notably popular in certain countries, like India. Both of these television series were officially available within their official YouTube channels.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Jean-Yves Raimbaud, le créateur d'Oggy et les Cafards, disparu avant d'avoir assisté au succès de son oeuvre | CNC". Retrieved 2022-03-12.

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