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Richard Scarry's Best Counting Video Ever is the second video of the Richard Scarry's Best Videos Ever series. It was released on August 31, 1989 on VHS and rereleased on October 16, 2001 on DVD and on early-late 2010s on YouTube and Dailymotion.

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Storyline Edit

Join Lily Bunny as she spends her counting day from one to twenty!

Plot Edit

The video starts off with Lily reading a counting book. Her father decides to make today a counting day and tells her to start by counting one of something, and then count two things, until she reaches to ten, in which it is her lunch time. Lily starts by counting one of herself, and then two hands, feet and long ears. Then she goes outside to find three of something. She counts three friends riding three tricycles with three horns. On the way to the farm, she counts four cows mooing, along with five funny frogs and five big splashes. Lily goes to Farmer Fox's farm to find something to count. She counts six crows and six scarecrows, and then the wind blows away the hats. She counts the six hats, including one more making seven, which she wonders where that hat came from. The seventh hat happened to belong to Mr. Frumble, who was chasing it. Lily counts seven airplanes in the sky. One of them crashes into Farmer Fred's tractor, and eight watermelons roll off and bounce away, so Farmer Fred has to chase them. At Farmer Fox's Farm Stand, where Bananas Gorilla orders nine banana cream pies. Farmer Fox shows Lily the surprise: ten baby chicks are hatched from ten eggs, thinking Lily is their mom.

Back home, Lily sings to her family about her day counting up to ten. Next she wants to count all the way up to twenty, so she comes over to Huckle's house and tells him it's her counting day. She asks him if he and Lowly wants to come with her, and they do, so they continue their counting quest in Busytown. Lily and Huckle count eleven members of a pig family, who are going to Busy Burger for lunch where they count twelve pancakes for one hungry hippo. Lowly sneaks in and eats a stack of pancakes, when is called to come back by Huckle convincing him to find thirteen objects. Then, Huckle and Lily count thirteen scouts crossing the street. At the zoo, Lowly buys fourteen balloons, and gets lifted off by them, but luckily, a giraffe saves him. At Huckle's Dad's grocery store, Huckle and Lily count fifyeen delicious apples as Mrs. Alligator buys them. In one of Mrs. Alligator's fifteen apples, Lowly is hiding inside it which scares her, causing a mess in the store and Mr. Frumble continues to chase his hat. In the playground, Huckle and Lily count sixteen children sliding down a slide. In the library, they count seventeen books, which Mr. Lion is carrying. He tries to juggle them, but fails. Then they see Lowly at a florist buying eighteen roses. Lowly brings them to Hilda Hippo on her birthday. She sneezes them away, leaving eighteen beautiful stems. The trio also watches a parade and count nineteen big bass drums, followed by Lowly being in a tuba and being blown out when it sounds. It's getting late and it’s time for Huckle and Lowly to go home for their dinnertime, but Lily tells them they haven't counted to twenty yet. However, Huckle apologizes to Lily and he and Lowly must go home. Lily agrees with Huckle and Lowly and she must go home, too. Lily sadly says goodbye to both Huckle and Lowly as she watches them go out of sight on her way home.

When she comes back inside, she tells her family that she and Huckle only counted up to nineteen, but they didn't count to twenty. Lily’s dad tells her that her counting day isn’t finished and she might be able to find something to count at home, but Lily realizes there are no more things to count at home. At dinnertime, Lily finally counts twenty carrots at the dinner table and her family applauds for her.

It’s Lily’s bedtime and Lily’s parents tell her that it has been a very busy day. Her mom sings Tomorrow You Can Count Again to Lily as the video ends.

Segments Edit

  1. Introduction
  2. One bunny
  3. Two hands, two feet and two long ears
  4. Won't You Come and Count With Me? (Tra La La, 1, 2, 3)
  5. Three friends on three tricycles with three horns
  6. Four cows and four moos
  7. Five funny frogs and five big splashes
  8. Six crows and six scarecrows
  9. Seven airplanes
  10. Eight watermelons
  11. Won't You Come and Count With Me? (Tra La La, 1, 2, 3) (reprise)
  12. Nine banana cream pies
  13. Ten baby chicks
  14. Lily's Counting Day Song
  15. Won't You Come and Count With Me? (Tra La La, 1, 2, 3) (reprise with Huckle Cat)
  16. Eleven pigs
  17. Twelve pancakes and one hungry hippo
  18. Thirteen scouts
  19. Fourteen balloons
  20. Fifteen delicious apples
  21. Sixteen children
  22. Seventeen books
  23. Eighteen roses
  24. Nineteen big bass drums
  25. Twenty carrots
  26. Tomorrow You Can Count Again

Characters Featured Edit

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Songs Edit

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • This title of the video is based on and named after the book, Richard Scarry's Best Counting Book Ever.
  • A running gag in the video is Mr. Frumble constantly seen trying to catch his flying hat.
  • This is the second video of the Richard Scarry's Best Videos Ever series.
  • This video, along with Richard Scarry's Best ABC Video Ever, would also be in two Random House Home Video and Children's Book-of-the-Month Club videos, Richard Scarry's Best Learning Video Ever! and Richard Scarry's Best ABC Plus Counting Video Ever!.
  • This video, along with Richard Scarry's Best ABC Video Ever and Richard Scarry's Best Learning Songs Video Ever, would be in two Random House and Children's Book-of-the-Month Club videos, Richard Scarry's Family Feature Starring the Busytown Friends! and Richard Scarry's Best Learning Video Ever: ABC-123-Learning Songs.
  • This is the only episode where the plot focus was on Lily Bunny.
  • It was Hilda's birthday on the same day as Lily Bunny's Counting Day. Also, it’s revealed that she is allergic to roses.
  • This is the first time that Busytown takes place in nighttime at the end of the video.
  • On the number six segment, those birds are called crows. But on Richard Scarry's Best Sing-Along Mother Goose Video Ever, those birds would be called blackbirds.
  • This is the first time where we see Lily Bunny in her pajamas. The second time would later then be in the song Mixed Up Sounds in the second story Mr. Fixit Fixes It from Richard Scarry's Best Silly Stories and Songs Video Ever.
  • Lily's father is wearing the same suit in the song Mixed Up Sounds in the second story Mr. Fixit Fixes It on Richard Scarry's Best Silly Stories and Songs Video Ever.
  • This is the only time Lily Bunny sings two songs. However, Huckle Cat sings one song with Lily Bunny when they and Lowly go to Busytown.
  • This is the only time Mrs. Bunny sings the lullaby song as Lily goes to bed.
  • Fireman Ralph and the pig and mouse firefighters are absent.
  • This is also the debut of Lily Bunny, Farmer Fox and Farmer Alfalfa.
  • This is the first time Huckle Cat asks, "Where's Lowly?", the second time would later then be Richard Scarry's Best Sing-Along Mother Goose Video Ever.
  • This is the second time there was a song from the ending.
  • This is the second time that this episode has a lot of limited animation.
  • This is the first time the Narrator narrates the introduction, and later, he names each number from 1 to 20 after Lily Bunny and/or Huckle Cat count things.
  • This is the last time the Narrator that sounds like Tom Hanks or Rush Limbaugh, in the opening segment.
  • This is the second time Huckle's voice is high. He sounds like he's excited. But on other videos, his voice would be normal.
  • Stock animation footages of the sign plane title, "Richard Scarry's Best ABC Video Ever" replaced with "Richard Scarry's Best Counting Video Ever", the birds-eye view of Busytown, the Busytown people working and the wallpaper screens, "Based on books and characters created by Richard Scarry" and "Produced entirely in New York City", are reused from Richard Scarry's Best ABC Video Ever.

Video Edit

Richard Scarry's Best Counting Video Ever!

Richard Scarry's Best Counting Video Ever!

Links Edit

Main article: IMDb