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Richard Scarry's Best Videos Ever is the basic educational learning classic video series of Random House Home Video which being released on videocassettes/VHSs and DVDs and published on YouTube and Dailymotion in the late 1980s and the early-mid 1990s and also aired at times during TLC's Ready Set Learn block between scheduled programs from 1997 to 2003 as some of the network's Short Stuff breaks.

Video SeriesEdit

Random House Home VideoEdit

Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Edit

Madman Entertainment/Mad4Kids Edit

CastEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Lowly Worm doesn't have a speaking role in all six videos of the series until The Busy World of Richard Scarry and Busytown Mysteries.
  • ABC and Counting are the only videos that do not have a preview, thus being released in 1989. They are also the only videos that do not have the 1992 Jumbo Pictures and 1984 Random House Home Video logos shown after the credits. But Busy People, Learning Songs, Silly Stories and Songs and Sing-Along Mother Goose videos do have a preview and they do have the 1992 Jumbo Pictures and 1984 Random House Home Video logos shown after the credits, thus being released in 1993 and 1994.
  • On the ABC and Counting videos, especially a "The End" sign on the same sign plane animation from the ABC and Busy People videos and the birds-eye view of Busytown and the ending credits of the first four videos, is very similar to ABC's Schoolhouse Rock.
  • ABC is the only video where the title has more than just two colors.
  • Counting, Busy People, Learning Songs, Silly Stories and Songs and Sing-Along Mother Goose are the only videos where the title has two colors.
  • Silly Stories and Songs and Sing-Along Mother Goose are the longest video titles of the series while ABC, Counting, Busy People and Learning Songs are the shortest.
  • ABC and Busy People are the only videos to have a "The End" sign on the same sign plane that pulls the video title.
  • ABC, Counting, Busy People and Learning Songs are the only videos to have a "Based on books and characters created by Richard Scarry" sign on the same wallpaper. But Silly Stories and Songs and Sing-Along Mother Goose videos do not.
  • ABC and Counting are the only videos to have a "Produced entirely in New York City" sign on the same wallpaper. But Busy People, Learning Songs, Silly Stories and Songs and Sing-Along Mother Goose do not.
  • These segments and songs from all six videos are not from the TV show, Sesame Street.
  • On the ABC and Counting videos, the background music sounds like KPM/APM/Bruton Music. However, the instruments are real. They are including the electronic keyboard (Yamaha DX7), the piccolo, the clarinet, the bass guitar, the acoustic guitar, the banjo and the fiddle.
  • On the Busy People, Learning Songs, Silly Stories and Songs and Sing-Along Mother Goose videos, these four videos were the first to use the E-mu Proteus 1, 2 and 3 to create the music. However, the background music of the Sing-Along Mother Goose video is a combination between strings, woodwinds, trumpet and piano patches from E-mu Proteus 1 and 2 and three patches from Yamaha DX7.
  • At the end of the ABC and Counting videos when the credits are shown, the credits music sounds like the beginning music like a bit of sonata.
  • At the end of the Busy People, Learning Songs, Silly Stories and Songs and Sing-Along Mother Goose videos when the credits are shown, the instrumental version of the four songs played over the credits:
  • In the 1990s and the early 2000s, Random House Home Video released three collection videos, Richard Scarry's Best Learning Video Ever, Richard Scarry's Family Feature Starring the Busytown Friends and Richard Scarry's Best Fun-to-Learn Collection Ever on VHSs.
  • In the 1990s until 2000, Children's Book-of-the-Month Club rereleased the videos as compilation videos with or without music videos at the end of each video on VHSs.
  • In 2000, Visual Entertainment re-released six videos on VHSs.
  • From 2001 to 2002, Sony Wonder in association with Sony Music Entertainment released six videos on six DVDs.
  • By 2006, the videos were taken out of print.
  • In 2010, TheMissFixit split the first four videos into three parts and uploaded them to YouTube.
  • In 2013, ACME Crime Net (distributor of Where in the World/Time is Carmen Sandiego?, Golden Step Ahead, Spot the Dog (or The Adventures of Spot) (1993 US dub), and Chucklewood Critters/Buttons & Rusty among other shows) syndicated the video series to YouTube. The original uploads contain a closed caption bug at the beginning of the video. After the title is shown, a CBS StereoSound logo appears for a few seconds. In 2017 and 2018, the videos were digitally enhanced in High Definition and the closed caption and stereo bugs were placed inside a box along with the TV rating.
  • In 2014, YouTube users, ohtaywhattimeisit and OKWhatTimeIsIt94, uploaded the video series to YouTube. These uploads don't contain a closed caption and stereo bugs and a CBS StereoSound logo at the beginning of the video and weren't digitally enhanced in High Definition.

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