Jean-Yves Raimbaud

Jean-Yves Raimbaud (January 21, 1958 – June 28, 1998) was a well-known known French animator and screenwriter. He is best known for creating the animated series, Oggy and the Cockroaches that was officially debuted posthumously on September 6, 1998 on France 3.

Jean-Yves Raimbaud
Born(1958-01-21)January 21, 1958
DiedJune 28, 1998(1998-06-28) (aged 40)
Paris, France
Other namesJ.Y. Raimbaud
OccupationScreenwriter, animator
Known forBeing the creator of Oggy and the Cockroaches and the co-creator of Space Goofs.

Early lifeEdit

Raimbaud was born on January 21, 1958 in Évreux in France. At age 14, he abandoned his studies in favor of training as a painter in words. Thus, he made his debut in drawing, although initially, he mainly drew billboards.


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 like Bruno Bianchi (Inspector Gadget), Bernard Deyriès (The Mysterious Cities of Gold), etc. In the 1980s, he helped launch the series Ulysses 31. He decided to pursue his career in Paris. He contributed to Albert Barillé's series, Once Upon a Time... Space and Once Upon a Time... Life.

In 1986, Raimbaud created his own studio, Jingle, with Christian Masson (advertising and producer). 25 people under them outsourced series like Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea and Rahan. A year later, the company stood out with productions such as Mimi Cracra (A2), Walter Melon (Canal+) and Les Enfants de la Liberté (FR3). It was not until 1988 that Jingle itself made a series: Manu created by cartoonist Frank Margerin. Thus, 104 episodes were broadcast on La Cinq, starting in March, 1990. The challenge of Raimbaud was not to create tasteless cartoons for children only. In 1992, the bankruptcy and liquidation of La Cinq caused the closure of many production companies. In 1993, Jingle itself became bankrupt.

Gaumont MultimediaEdit

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. Promoted artistic director of the new studio Gaumont Multimedia, he began working on Highlander: The Series for M6. 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 the most popular among programs introduced the same year. What's more, it exported well beyond France. And all this alongside his wife, Béatrice Guillot Raimbaud, GP. He later made Oggy and the Cockroaches in 1998, which was released after his passing.

Illness and deathEdit

Raimbaud was diagnosed with lung cancer in the early 1990s, and he died of it on June 28, 1998 in Paris, France. He did not live to enjoy the success of his next series.


In 1998, Raimbaud disappeared by not taking advantage of the success of his series. He was not present at the end of the production of Oggy and the Cockroaches planned on France 3 in 1999, which he had created: the character of a cat persecuted by three roaches, all in a very cartoon style.

However, Oggy and the Cockroaches became a successful hit after many years airing episodes worldwide. It aired on channels such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Teletoon and many more.


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