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Richard Scarry's Best Busy People Video Ever! (Full Screen)

Lacey Chabert , Eliza Harris , Tony Eastman    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Huckle, Lowly Worm, and rest of the schoolchildren are inspired by their teacher's discussion about different kinds of occupations and what people in those fields do all day. The kids run to the schoolyard for some make-believe, playing at what they'd like to be when they grow up. Huckle becomes a grocer like his father, Freddie Fox a baker specializing in mud pies, and Rhonda Raccoon a truck driver delivering baked goods. Consistent with the usual excellence of the Richard Scarry video series, Best Busy People introduces the concept of how a complicated society functions, with everyone's job having an impact on everyone else's. The jokes are funny, the songs are sweet, and Scarry's popular book What Do People Do All Day? makes great supplementary reading. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful busy world Sept. 18 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Richard Scarry has created a world of variety, humor and niceness. His videos and books are richly detailed at the same time that the images' linear quality is rather spare, the colors simple. I mention the amount of detail because it may be over-whelming for very young kids. Our son could not really watch it until he was about 1-year old. In what amounts to a lot of mini-episodes the students in Miss Honey's class (children who are actually all different animals) dream of what they will do when they grow up. The video is one of Richard Scarry's that could appeal to a pre-talking child as many of the jobs are of a very visual nature--baker, truckdriver, firefighter, etc. A lot of information is packed into very short segments, but done in a humorous and enjoyable manner. Pacing is perfect for the very young. If you have never seen a Richard Scarry book or video you are in for a treat. He has really created a tangible, sweet world. I wonder if I am the only one that has compared it to the Andy Griffith show. Both paint the world as a welcoming place where people treat each other with respect and kindness. And who wouldn't want to live in a place whose buildings are human scale and which boasts an elementary school with a dramatic clocktower?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful & democratic musical look at careers March 19 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What a captivating and delightful video for young children! The artwork is adorable without being precious. The music is lilting and catchy, with clever lyrics. The video cheerfully presents the many different kinds of jobs that are necessary to keep our "busy world" going - showing grand careers like doctor and architect, as well as less glamorous ones, like electrician and ditch-digger. All of the jobs are treated with matter-of-fact respect, with the underlying message being that everyone's contribution to society is worthwhile and important. Almost every child will see a job that he/she can identify with (except, interestingly, lawyer and stay-at-home mom, both roles that I have filled in my life!). Another plus is the video's complete lack of stereotype. Animals of all colors and sizes play the characters, and there is no stereotyping of gender roles (for example, Rhonda want to become a truck driver while Freddy wants to be a baker). Best of all, it is a video that you can watch with your child and enjoy each time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch, catchy tunes, cute sequences April 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Our two-year-old loves this video. He wants to watch it several times a day (we permit one or maybe two viewings). This is the only video we have that our son watches without being in a trance....he is singing along, shouting out his favorite lines, and laughing. This is a nice gentle video for young toddlers to watch. There's action, but it's not face-paced or violent. Richard Scarry's characters are so engaging and humorous. Mr. Frumble's not in this one, but Huckle and Lowly Worm are. It's great fun. Other adults (parents, grandparents, and childless people) who've watched it with us get a kick out of it, too...it's not annoying (and believe me, we see it quite often!). We've seen one other of the Random House Richard Scarry videos....the Best Counting Video Ever. That one's good too (but not as loveable as Busy People). There's another production company that makes Richard Scarry videos, but those aren't as good for young toddlers as the Random House videos (IMHO). One thing we appreciate about this video -- at least the version we have, there are no previews at the beginning of the tape. :-) So you don't have to sit through a bunch of commercials before getting to the good stuff. There are a few previews at the end, but they're short and kind of fun (there's one for the Best ABC Video Ever that has helped my son learn his alphabet).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Video for small fry June 25 2003
By PeaTee
Format:VHS Tape
What I like about this video is the diversity of careers that it shows. Besides doctor, police and fire people --which are very predictable-- the video demonstrates that it is possible to make a living by being a grocer, pilot, farmers, builder, plumber, painter, or even travel agent.
What my 3 and 1 year olds like about it are the songs, the neat characters like Huckle the cat and Henrietta Hippo, and the silly situations that Richard Scarry is renown for. In one part, the baker (Able Baker Charlie) mixes in too much yeast into his dough and the situation quickly escalates into total mayhem in the bakery.
All in all, if I were to sum this video up I would say that it is downright fun as well as educational.
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I started out by buying Richard Scarry's counting DVD. I loved it so much, I bought all the rest (minus the nursery rhymes DVD). My 2-year-old son really enjoys watching the movie, as does my 6-month-old daughter. I personally enjoy the DVD and its innocence. I like that it is simple yet captivating for them. It really holds their attention. I tend to be pretty particular when it comes to movies for my children, making sure they don't teach any bad habits and that it doesn't teach anything contrary to the Bible. I was very pleased to see there wasn't any reference to magic, fairies, etc, as many things tend to include such references these days.
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Format:VHS Tape
My almost two year old could watch this video over and over. It moves at a good pace for toddlers with lots of interesting characters. It's funny and entertaining for adults who are subjected to it over and over as well. It's a great video to introduce kids to the concept of "what I want to be when I grow up" without gender stereotypes (there are female building contractors and male bakers, etc.) The silly short stories are adorable and teach great lessons at the same time (look before you cross the street, etc.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars my son loves it
My three year old son watches one dvd every day. Mostly he choses one of richard scarry and I like to watch them too! Funny, interessting and nothing scarry. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2003 by mira rommelspacher
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must in Toddlers' Video Collection
My three years old son falls in love with Richard Scarry's stories. The video arouses little toddlers' curiosity to think about the topic: What would you like to do when you grow... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has entertained my kids for 10 yrs
My youngest, now 2, is seriously in love with this movie. Not only does she sing along to the whole movie, but also the clips that show after to promote other Busy People videos. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by "savano"
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of the best children's videos.
Our son was passed down this video, along with the Counting, ABC's and Mother Goose tapes. He loves all of them, especially Busy People. Read more
Published on April 7 2002 by "messa2"
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice for a toddler
My 28 month old loves this video and has learnt tremendously from it. It is exceptionally well tailored to the mind of the toddler.
Published on Oct. 31 1999 by ED
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful video
This video is well worth purchasing. It is a refreshing break - even though you will see it alot. My husband and I constantly throw busy people trivia questions at each other. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is one of the first & best videos we have ever bought. My kids & their friends (ages 3-5) continue to ask to watch it. Read more
Published on June 15 1999
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