The Busy World of Richard Scarry
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Cover for The Busy World of Richard Scarry: Every Day There's Something New DVD
GenreAnimated series
Written byVarious
Directed by
  • Greg Bailey
  • Marcos Da Silva
  • Pascal Morelli
  • Stephan Martinière
  • Nadja Cozic
Voices of
Theme music composerMilan Kymlicka
ComposerLaurent Petitgirard
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • France
  • United States
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes65 (195 segments)
Production
Executive producerMicheline Charest
ProducerRonald A. Weinberg
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Distributor
  • CINAR
Release
Original network
Original releaseMarch 9, 1994 (1994-03-09)[1] –
1997 (1997)
Chronology
Followed byBusytown Mysteries

The Busy World of Richard Scarry is an animated children's television series, produced by CINAR Animation and France Animation in association with Paramount Television, which aired from 1994 to 1997,[2] first on Showtime, later on Nickelodeon, and ran for 65 episodes.[3] The television series was based on the books drawn and written by Richard Scarry.[4] Reruns of the show formerly aired in syndication as part of the Cookie Jar Kids Network block, but the show now continues to air on the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV until October 26, 2013. Reruns of the show aired on Qubo from May 13, 2013, to September 25, 2016. However, it returned to Qubo on March 28, 2017, as part of the network's Night Owl block until May 26, 2018, and has also aired on Light TV, but has since left the network.

Cast

Overview

The series takes place in the fictional city of Busytown and mainly stars Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and many of the other residents of Busytown. Every "human" in the series is an anthropomorphic animal, most commonly pigs, foxes, breeds of dogs, mice, rabbits, goats, and cats. Each episode always features a conflict (which is eventually resolved in the end). However, episodes featuring other anthropomorphic animals, like Couscous catching Pépé le Gangstaire and his dirty rats, Sam and Dudley, Sneef and Sniff, Cucumber and Pickles, etc. have taken place outside of Busytown in other places around the world.

Episode list

Season 1: 1994

Segments Air date Synopsis
1 The Talking Bread / Couscous, the North African Detective / The Three Fishermen March 13, 1994 A bread in Able Baker Charlie's bakery repeatedly says "Mama".

Couscous catches Peppy the Gangster and his Dirty Rats who intend to steal the Jewel-of-Jewel.
The Cat Family goes fishing and returning with fish of different sizes.

2 The Best Birthday Present Ever / Patrick Pig Learns to Talk / Grouchy Mr. Gronkle March 9, 1994
(special prime-time airing)
Mother Cat gets a birthday present in the form of a cuckoo clock.

The mute Patrick Pig's talkative Irish forefathers try to teach him how to speak for the first time.
The grouchy Mr. Gronkle is angry when kids start skating on his frozen pond, but ends up needing their help.

3 The Busiest Firefighters Ever / Manuel of Mexico / The Biggest Catch Ever March 20, 1994 Huckle and Lowly join Smoky and his Firefighters for one day, and accidentally ruin someone's barbecue.

Manuel breaks his mom's pot.
Rudolph Von Flugel takes Huckle and Lowly in his hot air balloon.

4 Mr. Raccoon's Different Day / Mario, the Venetian Gondolier / The Best Babysitter Ever March 27, 1994 Mr. Raccoon tries to have a different day.

Mario is introduced and his career as operating gondoliers in Venice.
Hilda babysits Pig Will and Pig Won't.

5 The Best Mistake Ever / Sneef, the Best Detective in Europe / Camping Out April 3, 1994 Huckle forgets a shopping list.

Sneef and Sniff succeed in catching the Royal Jewels.
The Cat family goes camping.

6 Mr. Frumble's New Cars / Ernst and Heidi in the Alps / Billy Dog's Bad Day April 10, 1994 When Mr. Frumble crashes his car, he steals the bulldozer from Roger Rhino, a taxi and the airplane from Rudolph Von Flugel.

Ernst tries to join Heidi on the rescue patrol but is a bad climber.
The new kid Billy Dog has a bad first day as he intimidates people with his gruff personality.

7 The Snowstorm / Professor Dig and His Egyptian Mummy / The Treasure Hunt April 17, 1994 Hilda believes her strength only causes trouble on the playground, but when a big snowstorm causes havoc in Busytown, her strength helps them out.

Professor Dig discovers an Egyptian mummy.
A treasure hunt takes place on the beach, but all Huckle and Lowly find is junk.

8 The Missing Bananas / Good Luck in Rome / The Accident April 24, 1994 Bananas Gorilla steals a batch of bananas.

Maria and Frederico want to throw a coin into the lucky Trevi fountain.
Mr. Fixit's traffic light causes an accident.

9 A Trip to the Moon / Pip Pip Goes to London / Floating Bananas May 1, 1994 Wolfgang, Benny, Harry and Lowly try to fly to the moon.

Pip Pip goes to London to find the Queen's ring, and experiences many problems.
Bananas wants to work on a banana cargo ship.

10 Hat Pie / Hans, the Dutch Plumber / Hilda's Romantic Tea Party May 8, 1994 Lowly's hat goes missing.

Hans, a plumber working at the Dutch Windmills experiences a leak in a dyke.
Hilda has a matchmaking tea party.

11 A Big Operation / Cucumber, the African Photographer / Summer Picnic May 15, 1994 Huckle gets his tonsils removed in a big operation, but pulls through on the promise of getting ice cream as a reward.

Cucumber is really nervous about photographing lions.
The class goes on a picnic, but a big storm forces them into a scary cave.

12 Sergeant Murphy's Day Off / Schmudge, the German Chimney Sweep / The Sleeping Car Adventure May 22, 1994 Sergeant Murphy gets his first day off.

Schmudge, a chimney Sweeper in Germany has no luck.
Hilda takes a train ride while babysitting.

13 Busytown Regatta / Schtoompah, the Funny Austrian / Busytown Soap Box Derby May 29, 1994 Busytown celebrates a regatta race.

Schtoompah wreaks havoc when he blows his tuba too hard.
A Soap box race takes place in Busytown and Sally is left out.

Season 2: 1995

Segments Air date Synopsis
14 The Big Story / Couscous in Gibraltar / The Firefighter's Ball Spring 1995 Huckle and Lowly become news reporters.

Couscous captures Peppy and his Dirty Rats in Gibraltar.
Smoky, Sparkey and Nozzle get a firefighters ball.

15 The Field Trip / The Great Pie Robbery / Clean Garage Spring 1995 The Scouts go on a field trip.

Madame Dog's pies get stolen.
The Cat Family cleans out their garage.

16 Captain Willy and the Pirates / Flying Noodles / Roughing It Spring 1995 Captain Willy is put ashore by pirates and attempts to get his boat back, as well as catch them.

Cucumber takes pictures of a Japanese noodle chef Sato.
Fixit takes the scouts to camp.

17 Young Vikings / Sneef Saves the Queen / Hilda the Director Spring 1995 Huckle and Lowly go sailing on a raft that they built.

Sneef captures the culprit who stole the Queen of England's crown.
Hilda holds auditions for actors to star in her play.

18 High Flyers / Steamboat Mystery / The Best Waiters Ever Spring 1995 Rudolph Von Flugel takes Huck and Lowly up in his plane.

A mystery involving a steamboat takes place.
Mayor Fox invites another mayor to a restaurant.

19 The Big Move / Sneef in Russia / Mr. Frumble Gets a Job Spring 1995 Billy Dog is moving away.

Sneef and Sniff save a Russian mystery.
Mr. Frumble gets his first job.

20 Ambulance Cake / The Supermarket Mystery / Big Trouble for Bananas Gorilla Spring 1995 The hospital hosts a bake sale.

Groceries are stolen from the supermarket.
Bananas Gorilla gets in more big trouble at his garage job.

21 Sergeant Murphy's Deputy / Couscous in the Sahara / New Friend on the Block Spring 1995 Overworked Sergeant Murphy gets help from Deputy Flo.

Couscous catches Pepe and his Dirty Rats by trapping them in an Egyptian pyramid that they are searching for treasure in.
A new friend for Huckle arrives on his street as he tries to deliver cookies to a new neighbor.

22 The Biggest Storm Ever / Cucumber in Rockies / Sally's First Day at School Spring 1995 A big storm occurs and Sergeant Murphy evacuates all of Busytown to a shelter, but Mr. Gronkle is left behind.

Cucumber manages to stop a runaway boxcar that is carrying a wedding cake in the Canadian rockies.
Sally Cat starts kindergarten but would rather stay home and play with puppets.

23 No Time for Bananas / Sneef in India / Sally Cat's First Trip Spring 1995 Bananas Gorilla gets a crush.

Sneef and Sniff take on a jewel thief.
Sally Cat goes on her first trip to visit her cousin Lily.

24 Grand Hotel / Couscous on the Nile / Cat Family Ski Trip Spring 1995 Father Cat reviews the Busytown Grand Hotel.

Couscous succeed another mystery taking place on a boat on the Nile River.
The Cat Family goes skiing.

25 Lowly Breaks His Leg / Cucumber in Machuu Pichuu / The Plight of Penelope Parakeet Spring 1995 Lowly breaks his one leg and has to survive with being unable to use it.

Cucumber saves a Machuu Pichuu mystery where all the costumes for a parade are stolen.
Huckle and Lowly pet-sit Penelope Parakeet.

26 A Newspaper Mom / Cucumber in Rio / Donut Raffle Spring 1995 Mother cat gets a job for newspaper delivering.

Cucumber captures a carnival in Rio.
A Donut Raffle takes place in Busytown.

Season 3: 1995–96

Segments Air date Synopsis
27 The Knights of Busytown / Cave Pigs / Bucketman in Busytown Fall 1995 A game of The Knights of Busytown ends when Sally doesn't want to be the maiden in distress.

The life of cave pigs is featured.
Mr. Frumble gets stuck in a painted garbage can.

28 Billy Dog Gets Glasses / Cordelia's Debut / Lowly Joins the Circus Fall 1995 Billy Dog gets his first pair of glasses.

In the Shakespearean era, Cordelia dreams of becoming an actress.
Lowly Worm takes part in a circus.

29 The Big Dare / Oliver's Sandwich / Pig Will Won't Fall 1995 Billy Dog claims he's not scared of ghosts.

Oliver is a clumsy butler.
Pig Will becomes Pig Won't.

30 The Best Birthday Party Ever / Martha's First Book / Locked Out Fall 1995 Two simultaneous birthday parties take place in Busytown.

In an era where books are printed by hand, Martha reads her first book while witnessing the invention of the printing press.
Mr. Frumble gets locked out of his house.

31 Dad's Neat Job / The Discovery of America / Mr. Gronkle's Friends Fall 1995 Father Cat does a new job.

The story of America being discovered by Admiral Columoose is featured.
Mr. Gronkle's friends are introduced to his mom.

32 Denys at Camp / Peasant Pig's Gifts / Little Fixit 1996 Denys go to camp.

Piggy Origami's granddaughter wants a wedding with origami.
Little Fixit, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Fixit is introduced.

33 The School Dance / The First Olympics / Hilda for President 1996 Hilda plans a school dance.

The story of the Greek Olympics is featured.
Hilda runs for president against Billy Dog.

34 Mr. Frumble's Brother / Viking Pigs / The Perfect Wedding 1996 Mr. Frumble's twin brother goes searching for him.

Pig Pigson's crew is unenthusiastic.
Miss Honey and Bruno Bear are getting married.

35 A Tough Test / The First Pyramid / The Big Date 1996 Mr. Tough substitutes for the class.

Imhotep builds the first pyramid but neglects his son.
Billy's mother goes on a date.

36 Inventor of the Year / Macaroni Polo / Lone Wolf at the Lighthouse 1996 Huckle is inspired to become an inventor.

Macaroni Polo goes to China.
Lone Wolfe grumpily guards a lighthouse.

37 Fun-Time Riddle Race / The First Balloon / Billy Dog's Space Rock 1996 A big riddle race takes place in Busytown starting at the Fire station (with the riddle "When things get really hot, we'll bring you some water") and ending at the Observatory (with the riddle "When it gets dark, look up and watch the show").

The story of the first balloon (a.k.a. Montgolfier) is featured.
Billy Dog loses a meteorite from the observatory and tries to find and return it.

38 The Best Amusement Park Ever / The First Bridge / Say Cheese, Please! 1996 Wolfgang, Benny and Harry open a big amusement park, but have trouble in the process.

The cave pigs create the first bridge.
The class has to take photos of their families, but experience many problems and Huckle finally succeeds in taking the best picture.

39 Has Anyone Seen My Book? / P.J. Pig's Brave Day / Vanderbuilt's New Shoes 1996 Sally's book goes missing.

P.J. Pig tries to be a knight.
Mr. Gronkle's nephew Vanderbuilt fails the soccer team.

Season 4: 1996

Segments Air date Synopsis
40 The Perfect Gentleman / The Best Painter Ever / The Best Day for Dennis 1996 Hilda's friend Rita comes to babysit.

Michael Antelope paints the Sistine Chapel.
Dennis has his best day.

41 A Trip Back in Time / Home Sweet Home / P.S. Pig's Special Friend 1996 Mr. Fixit builds a time machine.

Cavemen search for a cave for their friend.
P.S. Pig wishes she got a letter too.

42 Mr. Fixit's Magnet Machine / Sneef and Sniff at the Opera / Mr. Gronkle Won't Mind 1996 Mr. Fixit causes havoc with his new magnet machine that gets out of control and attracts anything made of metal.

Sniff and Sneef solve a voice problem at a European Opera.
An eventful day occurs in the lives of Lowly, Huckle, and Father Cat.

43 Peter's Visit / The First Skis Ever / Stage Fright 1996 Sally has an imaginary friend Peter.

Bernard is too little to help his big brother.
Dennis gets stage fright at a public speaking contest.

44 End of the Rainbow / A Signal for Peng / Mr. Frumble's Birthday Party 1996 The class loves a story about a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Peng's wife has a baby when he gets a job at the Great Wall of China.
Mr. Frumble forgets his own birthday party.

45 Bananas the Magician / The First Horseless Carriage / Princess Hilda 1996 Bananas Gorilla acts as a magician.

The story of the first horseless carriage is featured.
Hilda acts as a princess.

46 Daylight Savings Time [sic] / Eager Beaver's Clever Game / The Pickle Car Wash 1996 A clock tower gets stuck during Daylight Saving Time.

Eager Beaver makes a clever game.
Mr. Frumble has his own car wash for his Pickle Car.

47 Triple A Deliveries / Stanley's Amazing Photo / Lost in the Swamp 1996 Several deliveries take place.

Stanley does some of the best photographing.
Someone gets lost in the swamp.

48 Mr. Fixit's Super Submarine / Cahuchu's Magic Tree / Mr. Bean's Restaurant 1996 Mr. Fixit invents a submarine and Lowly and Huckle give it a test ride.

Little Cahuchu discovers a tree with magical bouncing sap.
Mr. Bean opens a drive-in restaurant but only serves beans.

49 The Best Christmas Present Ever / Abe and Babe's Christmas Lesson / Sally Cat's Christmas Dream 1996 The Cat family expects a baby on Christmas.

Abe and Babe have been bad, so they get coal for Christmas.
Sally Cat has a dream where Santa is in trouble.

50 The Best Car Trip Ever / Earnest's Dish You Can Eat / Cousin Ross 1996 The Cat family goes on a big car trip to the beach.

Earnest enters the best new dish contest.
Cousin Ross comes to visit Huckle.

51 Fill'er Up Scotty / Niagara Falls Mystery / Helper's Helper 1996 Scotty's tanker truck breaks down.

Cucumber succeeds a mystery when Niagara Falls stops flowing and it is blocked by Beaver Sweet Tooth's gang.
Deputy Flo gets another helper.

52 Who's Afraid of the Big Eclipse / Hold Your Breath! / Pumpkin Heads 1996 When there is a misprint in The Bugle, the townspeople think that the sun will disappear for 360 years.

Toula and her father catch a gold necklace in their net.
Huckle, Lowly and Sprout participate in a pumpkin contest.

Season 5: 1997

Segments Air date Synopsis
53 The Mole Machine / The Royal Game of Dennis / Now That's Progress 1997 Mr. Fixit invents a mole machine.

Abbott Thomas's monk Dennis is unhappy.
Mr. Gronkle decides to demolish his decaying castle.

54 Superstitious Bananas / Pépé le Gangstaire / Drive-Through Movie 1997 Bananas Gorilla thinks he's doomed to bad luck.

Couscous is shocked that the dirty rats are being let out of jail.
A drive-through theater opens.

55 King and Queen for a Day / The Piggy Express / Practice Makes Prefect 1997 Huckle and Hilda become king and queen.

Piggy delivers mail through stormy weather.
There is a school recital and everyone's unhappy with their parts.

56 The Winners / No More Games, Manuel! / We Won't Go to the Doctor! 1997 Busytown holds a race.

Manuel plays jungle explorer.
Pig Will and Pig Won't argue about the doctor.

57 Never Too Small / Albert, the Belgian Barge Captain / Rainy Day 1997 Sally and Robbie are too small for basketball.

There's a festival of giants in Belgium.
Huckle, Lowly, and Sally are bored on a rainy day.

58 Mr. Gronkle Comes to Stay / Leo-pardo's Smile / Blooming Busytown 1997 Mr. Gronkle stays with the Cat family during winter, but freezes in the ice.

Leo-pardo is an inventor genius but discovers his greatest innovation.
Mr. Root plants flowers all over Busytown.

59 Match-Makers / Forget-bur Never Forgets / Toof Trouble 1997 Huckle plays matchmaker for Mr. Frumble.

In Mesopotamia before writing was invented, royal architect Forget-bur tries to build a Ziggurat for the king but keeps forgetting his plans.
Hilda has a toothache and is in denial.

60 The New Neighbors / The First Halloween Ever / Now I Know My One, Two, Threes! 1997 A new neighbor moves into Busytown's spooky house.

The story of the first Halloween is told.
Sally learns how to count after realizing it's okay to ask for help.

61 Mr. Gronkle Moves Away / Counting Chickens / The Spelling Bee 1997 Mr. Gronkle moves to the quiet countryside.

Before numbers were invented, a scribe must take inventory of an estate.
Billy enters a spelling bee despite lacking confidence in his abilities.

62 Huckle's Feathery Friends / The First Valentine Ever / The Sleepover 1997 Huckle knocks out a bird's nest.

The first valentine is created.
Dennis goes to Sprout's sleepover.

63 Count on Us! / The First Easter Egg Ever / Be My Valentine 1997 There's a bikeathon in Busytown, but Billy needs a bike.

A family is rescued by their kind king, and to thank him, the family promises to give the king a gift.
It's Valentine's Day, and Hilda gets a little carried away.

64 The Mystery of the Stone Circle / The Big Apple Christmas Caper / Who's too Scared to Masquerade? / 1997 A substitute teacher takes the class to the Stone Circle.

On Christmas someone tries to rob New York.
Little kids are intimidated by a masquerade party.

65 A Message in a Bottle / Santa Needs Help / There Really is an Easter Bunny 1997 Series finale. While playing pirate, Huckle discovers a message in a bottle with an SOS message.

Hilda writes a Christmas story.
Everyone except Huckle and friends are excited for the Easter egg hunt.

Home releases

On July 27, 2010, Mill Creek Entertainment released The Busy World of Richard Scarry: Every Day There's Something New on DVD in Region 1 (US only). This 3-disc set features the first 30 episodes of the series.[5] On July 19, 2011, Mill Creek released The Busy World of Richard Scarry: Fun in Busytown!, a 4-disc set that features the remaining 35 episodes of the series.[6]

On August 4, 2015, Mill Creek Entertainment released The Busy World of Richard Scarry- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 which includes bonus episodes of Busytown Mysteries, Wimzie's House and Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings.[7]

Music

Most of the music was written by two composers. The theme song was written by Sara Zahn and composed by Milan Kymlicka, while the underscore was composed and conducted by Laurent Petitgirard and Steve Wener. Several other composers contributed to several educational shorts in the series.

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (30 July 2005). Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 166. ISBN 0786422556. OCLC 57349103. The Busy World of Richard Scarry series preached ... Showtime: debuted March 9, 1994
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (30 July 2005). Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 166. ISBN 0786422556. OCLC 57349103. The Busy World of Richard Scarry series preached ... Showtime: debuted March 9, 1994
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 100. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9781476672939.
  5. ^ "The Busy World of Richard Scarry: Every Day There's Something New". 27 July 2010 – via Amazon.
  6. ^ "Busy World of Richard Scarry - Fun in Busytown!". 19 July 2011 – via Amazon.
  7. ^ Mill Creek's 'Complete Series' 6-DVD Set...Soon! Archived 2015-07-26 at the Wayback Machine