Google Doodle recently honored the creator of “BusyTown” Richard Scarry, who would have been 92 this week. Richard Scarry’s BusyTown, or shall I say “one of the best children’s books / cartoon ever,” was later transformed into a cartoon on Nickelodeon’s younger network, Nick Jr., and ran from 1995 to 2000. The toon, which went by the name “The Busy World of Richard Scarry,” was sadly never seen by Scarry, himself, having died just a year prior to it’s launch. However, we’re sure he would have been proud to see his creation live on — and now immortalized by Google!
Scarry (not at all Scary!) had his first book published in 1951. “Great Big Car and Truck Book” got the whole ball of wax started with publishing giant Little Golden Books. Simon and Schuster would go on to print five more titles that same year.
It wasn’t until 1963 that Scarry made his biggest mark with his first best seller, Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. Set in the fictional world of Busytown, this book featured nearly 1,500 items for readers to discover, and dozens of animal people.
“Best Ever” would go on to become Scarry’s calling card; eventually making the transition to animated videos, and later, an animated series on Nick Jr.
So Happy Birthday Richard Scarry from the ToonBarn crew! Thanks for the awesome memories!