[[caption-width-right:348:Scarry and his best Busytown characters ever.]]

'''Richard Scarry''' (June 5, 1919 - April 30, 1994) was an American children's author and illustrator known for his anthropomorphic animals, particularly those of the "Busytown" books, which were later adapted by Creator/{{Cinar}} (now Creator/CookieJar) into an animated series, ''The Busy World of Richard Scarry''. Additionally there was a series of educational DirectToVideo releases made by [[{{Doug}} Jumbo Pictures]]. The direct-to-videos are:

* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLxje8EQNKI Best ABC Video Ever!]]'' (1989)
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEyYzEpgxUs Best Counting Video Ever!]]'' (1989)
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzOYgyzXq0M Best Busy People Video Ever!]]'' (1993)
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uurZoziGOTw Best Learning Songs Video Ever!]]'' (1993)
* ''Best Silly Stories and Songs Video Ever!'' (1994)
* ''Best Sing-Along Mother Goose Video Ever!'' (1994)

The most recent adaptation of the characters is Busytown Mysteries (also known as "Hurray For Huckle" in some regions), also by Cookie Jar; it currently airs on Creator/CookieJarTV and Creator/PBSKidsSprout.

!!Works by Richard Scarry provide examples of:

* AuthorExistenceFailure: When Richard Scarry passed away in 1994, the BusyTown series didn't get any new stories until the late 90's but aren't as noticeable by the public since the series wasn't as popular as it was during the 80's and 90's.
* AscendedExtra: Sally is demoted as one of the main characters in "Huckle's Busytown Mysteries" compared to her roles in the books and the first animated series.
* AlliterativeName (but not with every character)
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: Everyone except Lowly Worm, the one member of the cast who ''doesn't have feet''--[[TheOneWhoWearsShoes but wears a shoe anyway]].
* BearyFriendly: Most bear characters, most notably Miss Honey, the primary school teacher.
* CarnivoreConfusion: The problem of who eats who is ignored. In fact one can find a family of jolly pigs at the supermarket checking out the butcher's selection. Yes, they are selling bacon, pork and ham.
** And let's not forget the ''[[AnimalFarm farmer pigs raising pigs]]'' in one of the books!
* CreatorProvincialism: Much of the art in his books features European-style architecture (such as narrow streets and A-frame houses) and clothing (Huckle himself usually wears lederhosen over a yellow shirt). Originally from UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, Scarry bought a chalet in Gstaad, UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}} in 1972 and set up his studio there.
* CuteKitten: Huckle, an anthropomorphic kitten, and especially his little sister Sally.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Hilda, an anthropomorphic hippo child, accidentally rips a door off its hinges when she is told to open the door so the students can go out to play. Later, when the door is fixed, she ''rips out the door along with part of the wall'' when she attempts the same thing.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when she states, "Oh dear, [[TheStrengthOfTenMen I'm as strong as ten average little girls]]." Which [[FridgeLogic causes one]] to wonder, how strong ''are'' the girls in this universe?
*** Perhaps Hilda doesn't really know how strong an average little girl is?
*** Or she's as strong as ten average little ''hippo'' girls?
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In some of the earlier books (such as the 1966 ''Storybook Dictionary''), Huckle is a bear.
* ExposedAnimalBellybutton: Huckle has one in the last page[[note]]which is basically an anatomy picture[[/note]] of ''Best Little Word Book Ever''.
* FlyingCar: Lowly apparently drives an apple-shaped car that also serves as a helicopter since its "leaves" actually function as the helicopter's blades. Except how the heck is he able to drive it if he doesn't have any arms?
* FunnyAnimal
* FurryConfusion: Most of the characters are {{Funny Animal}}s; however, there are non-anthropomorphic animals that are kept at farms, zoos or circuses. So Farmer Pig and Farmer Goat can keep pigs and goats at their farm, and when Hilda Hippo, Bananas Gorilla or Miss Honey visit the zoo, they'll see realistic hippos, gorillas and bears there. The most confusing one is on the circus picture in ''Best Word Book Ever'': a non-anthropomorphic horse, lion, seal and an elephant balancing on one leg while ''wearing a tutu'' are surrounded by an anthropomorphic, fully-clothed tiger ringmaster and bear acrobats. If the elephant stood slighly more upright and had more hand-like front legs, she'd pass as a person in this setting.
* HatesBaths: The piglets in the Pig Family do not like bathing, as seen in the 1966 ''Storybook Dictionary''. One memorable illustration has them hiding in a hamper in the bathroom as Mother Pig looks for them.
* HonorableElephant: Polite Elephant.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Huckle's yellow shirt and red/green overalls.
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: Many of his books have titles like this, most notably ''Best Word Book Ever''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* OutlivedItsCreator: The series continues bringing out newer books every few years after Scarry's death.
* MessyPig: A lot of the pig residents, although not all of them are messy.
* MrFixIt: The character Mr. Fixit Fox ''is'' the trope.
* RightWayWrongWayPair: Pig Will and Pig Won't.
* ShapedLikeWhatItSells: Many shops, and particularly, cars in Busy World are like this.
* SpeciesSurname (but not with every character)
* SteamNeverDies: A number of locomotives in his books are of the steam variety: they even co-exist with diesel locomotives in such books as ''The Best Word Book Ever'' and ''What Do People Do All Day?''; in most cases they are usually fashioned off European locomotives (especially the diesels.)
* StockAnimalDiet: Bananas Gorilla has... well, bananas as his TrademarkFavoriteFood. In fact he's rarely seen eating anything else.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals

[[folder:The Busy World of Richard Scarry]]
* BizarreAlienLocomotion: Lowly Worm stands upright on one shoe. In animated adaptations, his boneless body contorts in several ways to move about, depending on circumstances and the artists' preferences: sending ripples down his length, coiling up to bounce like a spring, or folding bow- or zigzag-fashion and then extending to launch himself into the air.
* BullyBulldog: Defied with Billy Dog. When he joins the class, everyone expects him to be this trope and avoid him. When someone finally talks to him he's revealed to be a pretty nice guy.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The brothers Pig Will and Pig Won't, who somehow manage to embody this [[AnAesop Aesop]] using only two people. As their names suggest, one agrees to ''every'' request or offer, and the other refuses every offer. No matter what their giggly hippo babysitter asks them to do, Pig Won't's refusal ends up making him miserable... somehow. Even when it's a simple preference not to play a certain game. One wonders how, exactly, Pig Will would cope with being so "agreeable"/mentally pliable in the outside world, without the protection of a benign authority figure.
** In the original book Pig Won't would always say "I won't", without even thinking about it. So one day when their father asks who wants to go with him to visit the fire station, Pig Won't declares "I won't". At the fire station, Pig Will gets to play with the dalmatian, wear a fire suit, play with the fire hose (with adult supervision), and it all ends with an all-you-can-eat hot fudge sundae orgy! When Pig Won't sees all the fun Pig Will had, he immediately becomes Pig Me Too. The moral's supposed to be: "Don't just blindly disobey your folks, because you might miss out on some pretty cool stuff!", but reeks more of the BrokenAesop "Obey all orders without question, and you'll get a treat! You know, a ''treat'', like a dog gets for not shitting on the carpet!". When Pig Me Too enters the real world and stops getting treats for obeying, he's going to feel like a dumbass.
* CrossdressingVoices: Huckle Cat was voiced by Sonja Ball.
* EarWorm: The main theme to the first animated BusyTown series "The Busy World Of Richard Scarry" along with some musical segments.
* EdutainmentShow
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: This show featured a parody of the story about a nameless Dutch boy who plugged a hole in a dike with his finger, which first appeared as "The Hero of Haarlem," a story being read aloud within Mary Mapes Dodge's 1865 novel, ''Literature/HansBrinkerOrTheSilverSkates''. There was a fat tourist from Texas waltzing about, taking pictures of windmills and tulips, while making comments about how everything was bigger in Texas. When the hole in the dike turned out to be too big to be filled with just Hans' finger, he and his friends save the day by stuffing said tourist into the hole.
* ExactWords: In "A Big Operation," Huckle Cat is dreading his tonsilectomy until he is told by Sprout Goat that, afterwards, he can get "all the ice cream he can eat". As it turns out, his throat is so sore from the operation he can barely eat ''any''.
* GratuitousGerman: Rudolf Von Flugel is prone to this sort of thing.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Sally used to wear a dark pink and purple dress. In the latest animated series, she wears a red and yellow dress similar to her brother Huckle.
* TheKiddieRide: Lowly Worm in his apple car and Bananas Gorilla in his Bananamobile, both from Jolly Roger.
* KingOfBeasts: The Queen of England is portrayed as a [[AnimalGenderBender lioness with a mane]].
* LogoJoke / MatchCut: The Creator/{{Paramount}} logo morphs into a mountain in Busytown which the Applecopter promptly flies out from behind, again via a fade.
* ShipperOnDeck: Hilda Hippo for...pretty much anyone who looks like they might make a viable couple.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Lowly Worm talks in this series.
* SliceOfLife
* TokenMinority: Lowly Worm is this.
* TheTonsillitisEpisode: Played straight in the episode segment "The Operation". Huckle even got his ice cream, although he couldn't eat it.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Hilda Hippo becomes a total jerk in this show.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory
* TheVillainSucksSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1E9gIQYtiA "The Busy Ol' Witch Of Busytown"]] comes the closest to this.

[[folder:The direct-to-videos]]
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: In ''The Best ABC Video Ever'', all of the students names begin with the letter they're holding (e.g.: '''F'''reddie Fox has the letter F, '''H'''uckle Cat has the letter H, etc.)
** The comments of the teacher also match the letter -- "Congratulations, Christine", "Very interesting, Iris", and so on. She bends the rule with the X, though -- "eXcellent, Xavier" -- and we do not get to hear her comments on some letters, such as Q or Z.
* ArtEvolution: The first two videos, ''The Best ABC Video Ever'' and ''The Best Counting Video Ever'', are produced by a small New York City-based animation studio, so they were done with rather LimitedAnimation; but in the Jumbo Pictures videos that follow them, the animation has gotten [[AnimationBump a lot better and much more fluid]] than its predecessors.
* BananaPeel / EpicFail: After Freddie finishes his song about numbers in ''The Best Learning Songs Video Ever'', he slips on a banana peel and grabs onto the curtain, accidentally pulling it down and ruining the stage. This results in him and some of the other kids getting buried under the curtain.
--> '''Huckle''': Ladies and gentlemen, we're experiencing technical difficulties. Please take a fifteen-minute intermission.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Libby Leopard in ''The Best ABC Video Ever'' mistakenly jumps over Kathy's turn with the letter L after the letter J was finished. Miss Honey tells her that L doesn't come after J.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Happens frequently in some videos, such as ''The Best Learning Songs Video Ever''.
* EdutainmentShow
* FakeInteractivity: After Miss Honey tells Libby that L doesn't come after J:
-->'''Miss Honey''': Do you know what letter comes after J? ''({{beat}})'' That's right! It's the letter K.
* RunningGag: In ''The Best Learning Songs Video Ever'', Bananas Gorilla always comes up seeing a banana, says "Banana!" and takes the banana.
* SceneryPorn: The videos made after ''The Best Counting Video Ever''. Just look at the colorful animation and backgrounds!
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Quincy in ''The Best ABC Video Ever''.
* VarietyShow: Premise of ''The Best Learning Songs Video Ever''.