Jean-Yves Raimbaud








Creator, writer, storyboard artist

Jean-Yves Raimbaud (1958-1998) was the creator of Space Goofs and Oggy and the Cockroaches.


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 1980's, 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, Jean-Yves Raimbaud created his own former studio, Jingle, with Christian Masson (advertising and producer). Twenty-five people under them outsourced series like Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea or 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 the former channel, La Cinq, starting in March, 1990. The challenge of Jean-Yves 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. 1993, Jingle itself became bankrupt.

But Jean-Yves Raimbaud was now known in the community and Gaumont hired him to revive the films of Asterix and Lucky Luke that were last produced in the 1970's. Promoted artistic director of the new studio Gaumont Multimdéia, he began working on Highlander for M6. Jean-Yves 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.

In 1998, Jean-Yves Raimbaud died of lung cancer, so he did not live to enjoy the success of his next series.