Jean-Yves Raimbaud was a French art director, animator and screenwriter that he worked on only of his three animated series for Xilam.


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 former 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.

Working at Gaumont

But when he was promoted art director of the new studio, Gaumont Multimedia (currently as Xilam), he began working on Highlander: The Animated Series for M6 along with Guillaume Ivernel. Jean-Yves Raimbaud came up with an idea he could not have realized at his own former studio, Jingle.

With writer Philippe Traversat, he created the series, Space Goofs in the style of 1950's cartoons, during its broadcast on France 3 in September of 1997. It's also the story of five (four) shipwrecked aliens on Earth who took refuge in a house for rent.

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.


On July 13, 1998, Jean-Yves Raimbaud died of lung cancer, so he did not live to enjoy the success of his next series, Oggy and the Cockroaches.