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LazyTown (Icelandic: Latibaer) is a children's television program produced in Iceland that features a cast and crew from Iceland, the United Kingdom and the United States. It was created by Magnús Scheving, CEO of LazyTown Entertainment, who also plays Sportacus in the show. The show has been highly successful, airing in 172 countries (2013) in a variety of different languages.
The story of LazyTown
Before Stephanie arrives, LazyTown is the laziest town in the world where the kids stay inside all day, playing video games and eating candy and junk food. She urges the LazyTown kids, Ziggy, Trixie, Stingy, and Pixel, to get outside, play, be active and eat healthy foods. Her uncle, the bumbling Mayor Milford Meanswell, advised Stephanie to ask the help of Sportacus, a self-described "slightly-above-average hero". It is Sportacus' job to inspire the kids to have a healthy lifestyle, and to help solve low-key emergencies that occur from time to time. However, all this does not sit well with Robbie Rotten, a lazy man who lives in an underground lair hidden just on the edge of town. Most of the episodes involve Robbie Rotten dressing up in one of his numerous costumes (Robbie's disguises) and trying to make Sportacus and Stephanie leave town forever so he can encourage the kids to be lazy again. In every episode there is a conflict between one or more of the characters and ends up with a moral of the story. Together with the fast paced LazyTown music makes it an energetic, funny and educational serie. LazyTown will appeal to both boys and girls in the 2-7 year old age group. The storylines are quite complicated and fast moving. Younger children may not follow all the twists and turns but they will surely enjoy the fun, music and action in the show.
Discussion of themes
Living a Healthy Lifestyle- LazyTown emphasizes healthy eating and activity and having fun while doing it! LazyTown puts the spotlight on health issues currently affecting young children through positive character role models and engaging storylines. The characters make healthy eating and physical activity fun and engaging.
Community Sense – Understanding and appreciating membership in a community is an important character trait. Stephanie highlights that everyone should be concerned about the well being of the community. Stephanie demonstrates the importance of working together to keep a community clean, safe and healthy for everyone.
Socialization – The stories show that individuals have something unique to offer to the world and a community. When Stephanie arrives in LazyTown, she doesn’t know anyone. Stephanie’s way of handling the situation highlights that it is sometimes hard to make friends, but if you stay true to yourself and put yourself out there, you can make new friends and challenge yourself socially.
Personal Empowerment - The story highlights Stephanie and her friends working together to stand up against a bully (Robbie Rotten) to keep a community safe and to be able to spread the message that living a healthy lifestyle is important and can be fun! They demonstrate respect for themselves and other people and the value of supportive friendships.