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A typical Busytown street scene.

Busytown is a fictional town inhabited by an assortment of anthropomorphic animals, as depicted in various books by the children's author Richard Scarry. Main characters of these books include the following: Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Mr. Frumble, police Sergeant Murphy, Mr. Fixit, Bananas Gorilla, Hilda Hippo, and Farmer Fox. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Alternate history Campaign setting Fantasy world Fictional battlegrounds Fictional buildings Fictional city Fictional company Fictional counties Fictional country Fictional schools List of fictional Cambridge colleges List of fictional Oxford colleges Fictional universe List of fictional universes Future history Imaginary country Imaginary state Imaginary union Multiverse Mythical place Parallel universe Phantom... Anthropomorphism, also referred to as personification or prosopopeia, is the attribution of human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, forces of nature, and others. ... Animalia redirects here. ... The cover of a Richard Scarry book. ...

In the mid-1990s Nickelodeon produced the animated series "The Busy World of Richard Scarry", based around the inhabitants of Busytown. A board game based on Busytown was also produced in the 1990s. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article is about the TV channel. ... The Busy World of Richard Scarry is an animated childrens television series, produced by CINAR Animation (now known as Cookie Jar Entertainment), aired from 1993 to 1997 on Nickelodeon, and ran for 65 episodes. ...

Recurring Characters

Although the books contain a wide assortment of characters from different countries and backgrounds, there are some who appear in most of the stories as stars or guests making cameo appearances. For example, Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and Sergeant Murphy often appear in the illustrations even if they are not mentioned in the text.

The most frequent characters include:

The Cat Family Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ...

Father Cat: who runs a grocery store and is sometimes referred to as Grocer Cat.
Mother Cat: a typical housewife and mum.
Huckle: their school-age son. Huckle is often shown in the cockpits of planes and flying with Rudolf von Flugel. It is implied that his ambition is to be a pilot when he grows up.
Sally Cat: Huckle's younger sibling. In her early appearances she was known as Little Sister.
Lowly Worm: Huckle's best friend. He often stays with the Cats as a house guest. Although he attends school with the Cat children, Lowly can also be seen in more adult situations, like driving a car or a street sweeper.
Grandma Cat: lives in another town and it requires a journey by plane to visit her. She is a keen driver.

Sergeant Murphy: a cocker spaniel police motorcyclist who is often present in street and road scenes. He is married and has a little girl named Bridget. He is dedicated to his job and his passion for motorcycles is shown in the fact that he wears his crash helmet in bed. His name may be a reflection on the stereotypical Irish-American cop. This Flagship Randalls store in Houston, Texas is an example of a supermarket. ... An Italian streetsweeper in St Peters Square A street sweeper is a person or machine that cleans streets, usually in an urban area. ... The English Cocker Spaniel is a breed of gun dog. ... A motorcycle (or motorbike) is a two-wheeled vehicle powered by an engine. ... This article is about the headgear. ...

Rudolf von Flugel: a fox pilot who flies a red-coloured German World War One monoplane and dresses in the uniform of a German officer of the time. He often takes Huckle, Lowly and Little Sister up in his planes, though his tendency to fall out of or crash his aircraft does not really make him the ideal instructor. His name comes from a German musical instrument. This article is about the animal. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... A monoplane is an aircraft with one main set of wing surfaces, in contrast to a biplane or triplane. ... A standard 3-valved Bâ™­ flugelhorn. ...

Smokey, Sparky and Snozzle: a trio of pig firemen. Sparky and Snozzle wear a saucepan and colander as head gear, and one of them uses a trombone for a siren. This article is about the pig genus. ... Firefighter with an axe A firefighter, sometimes still called a fireman though women have increasingly joined firefighting units, is a person who is trained and equipped to put out fires, rescue people and in some areas provide emergency medical services. ... cast-iron iron enamel stainless steel The cooking pan is a type of food preparation utensil commonly found in the kitchen which includes many more specific cooking vessels such as saucepans and frying pans (or fry pans). ... A typical household colander A colander (sometimes spelled pink leotard) is a type of sieve used in cooking for separating liquids and solids. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ...

Mr. Fixit: a fox repairman who boasts that he can fix anything, but does not often live up to it. He once fixed Mother Cat's vacuum cleaner but then it hoovered the ceiling instead of the floor. A similar character is the local school's Janitor Joe. Regular vacuum cleaner for home use. ... A janitors bucket with mop A janitor is a person who takes care of a building, such as a school, office building, or apartment block. ...

Mr. Frumble: a pig who often loses and chases after his hat.

The Pig Family: Father Pig is a house painter married to a typical housewife. They have twin children Harry and Sally. A painter and decorator is a tradesman responsible for the painting and decorating of buildings, and is also known as a decorator or house painter. ...

Wolfgang Wolf, Bennny Baboon and Harry Hyena: a trio of layabouts who spend their time lazying in the sun or eating or getting into trouble. On one occasion they were deemed suitable enough to fly to the moon (with Lowly as a passenger). Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call... Type species Simia hamadryas Linnaeus, 1758 Species Papio hamadryas Papio papio Papio anubis Papio cynocephalus Papio ursinus The five baboon species are some of the largest non-hominid members of the primate order; only the Mandrill and the Drill are larger. ... Subfamilies and Genera Hyaeninae Crocuta Hyaena Parahyaena Protelinae Proteles Hyenas or Hyænas are moderately large terrestrial carnivores native to Africa, Arabia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Bananas Gorillas: a thief whose passion for the fruit that bears his name leads him to steal bunches of them from Grocer Cat and get chased by Sergeant Murphy. Species Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei The gorilla, the largest of the primates, is a ground-dwelling herbivore that inhabits the forests of central Africa. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Miss Honey: a bear school teacher. Her pupils include the Cat children and Lowly Worm. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Farmer Alfalfa: a goat who owns a farm in the outskirts of Busytown. Unconsciencious drivers can often be seen driving through his fields. (He was probably named after a Terrytoons character.) Species See Species and subspecies The goat is a mammal in the genus Capra, which consists of nine species: the Ibex, the West Caucasian Tur, the East Caucasian Tur, the Markhor, and the Wild Goat. ... Farmer Alfalfa & His Terrytoon Pals Farmer Alfalfa & His Terrytoon Pals Farmer Alfalfa (also known as Farmer Al Falfa) was the first major star of the TerryToons Cartoon Company. ...

External links

  • Review of game CD based on Busytown

  Results from FactBites:
Busytown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (120 words)
Busytown is a fictional town inhabited by an assortment of anthropomorphic animals, as depicted in various books by the children's author Richard Scarry.
In the mid-1990s Nickelodeon produced the animated series "The Busy World of Richard Scarry", based around the inhabitants of Busytown.
A board game based on Busytown was also produced in the 1990s.
Carnegie Magazine (1410 words)
Busytown is filled with hands-on activities to explore: there are gears to turn, cranes to operate, pulleys to yank, structures to build, and air hoses to be activated.
Busytown activities are based on the following principals: science is a process, every child will approach these activities in a unique way, open-ended questions stimulate thought, and play is the best way for children to learn.
Busytown exhibit can be enjoyed the same way--you can let the kids loose to explore and play on their own, or you can join them for a few hours of interactive fun.
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