Busytown Mysteries, also known as Hurray for Huckle!, is a Canadian animated television series created by Cookie Jar Entertainment. Currently, the series airs in Canada as part of the Kids' CBC block and on the Tiny Pop channel in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the show was originally going to be on Qubo, but it aired as part of the Cookie Jar TV block on CBS instead, and then returned to the United States on Starz. It takes place in Richard Scarry's Busytown and teaches the scientific method through stories in which Huckle Cat (with his sister Sally Cat, and friend Lowly Worm) solve mysteries by examining evidence, with occasional help from friends such as Hilda Hippo, and twins Pig Will and Pig Won't. The mysteries are filed through insect reporter Gold Bug, who comes with a microphone and his own personal news van.
Season one was directed by Ken Cunningham and produced by Christine Davis. Animation for season one was produced by Helix Digital inc. Post production was handled by Fearless Films and Supersonics Productions inc. Season one was the winner of the 2009 CFTPA award for best children's program, and nominated for the 2009 Pulcinella award for best preschool series at Italy's prestigious "Cartoons on the Bay".
Season two was directed by Larry Jacobs with post directing by Ken Cunningham and produced by Genna Du Plessis, and Audrey Velichka.
Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and their Busytown buddies have fun-filled adventures while trying to find the answers to life's puzzles. Joined by Sally Cat, Hilda Hippo and other familiar faces, the friends travel Busytown in the Apple Car and the Pickle Car looking for new mysteries to solve. Examining the evidence, the pals put their detective skills to work to reunite a lost parrot with its owner, find out why residents of the town have fresh paint on their clothes, and hunt for a monster, among other things. Inspired by the works of author Richard Scarry.
Why It Rocks
- It's one of coolest and iconic cartoons inspired by Richard Scarry and Scooby-Doo franchise.
- Wonderful voice actors, such as Joanne Vannicola, who voices the Huckle Cat. Special mention to when he does amazing impressions of other characters in "The Missing Pickle Car Mystery".
- Great songs, such as "You and Me, Solve a Mystery" and "Who, Where, Why and How?".
- There are so many great, hilarious and lovable episodes, such as:
- "The Big Apple Mystery"
- "The Mystery of the Lost Parrot"
- "Six Little Muffins"
- "The Lighthouse Ghost Mystery"
- "Where's Junior?"
- "The Mystery of the Unbreakable Bread"
- "The Invisible Cake Snatcher"
- "Chain of Mysteries"
- "The Playground Mystery"
- "The Falling Fruit Mystery"
- "On The Move"
- Has a great grasp on mystery, laughable, playful and adventures.
- "Let's Get Busytown!"
- Lowly Worm's known for being the best children's book character ever.
- Like Molang and Camp Lazlo, It teaches some good lessons and adventures.
- It can teach kids about American culture without using too many American stereotypes.
- Great, heart-warming and memorable soundtrack & music like Bluey.
- Depicts play time in a positive light.
- Catchy and memorable theme tune.
- Cute and simple character designs.
- A lot of funny moments in there, such as in "The Lighthouse Ghost Mystery", where Huckle sets out to prove there are no such thing as ghosts by solving the Mystery of the Lighthouse Ghost.
- Not only the morals are good, But it's also used very well.
- t's one of the few preschool shows that also appeal to anyone outside the target demographic very well in the good way.
The Only Bad Qualities
- It can be somewhat boring or mean-spirited sometimes.
- The flash animation and art-style are very unfitting and are nothing like the original books this show was based on.
The show recieved mixed to positive reviews from Richard Scarry fans alike, and is generally considered the best of Busytown TV series.
It currently holds a 6.2/10 on IMDb and a 85% on Google.
- This show was originally to air on Qubo, but it aired on Cookie Jar TV instead.