Scarry has hand in Cookie Jar


TORONTO -- Canadian cartoon producer Cookie Jar Entertainment is teaming again with popular kids writer and illustrator Richard Scarry to produce "Busytown Mysteries (Hurray for Huckle!)" for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Toronto-based Cookie Jar, which in an earlier incarnation (as Cinar Corp.) produced the cartoon "The Busy World of Richard Scarry" for Paramount, also will shop the first 26 hours of "Busytown Mysteries" at MIPTV.

The CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, will air the new Scarry cartoon as part of its Kids' CBC preschool programming block.

Based on the popular book series "The Busy World of Richard Scarry," which ran for 65 episodes from 1993-97, appeared on Showtime and Nick Jr. as well as in a host of international markets.

"Busytown Mysteries (Hurray For Huckle!)" revolves around six animated characters solving everyday life mysteries in an imaginary place called Busytown.