Pósturinn

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Pósturinn, or The Postman, is a minor character who only appears in the two Icelandic plays predating the LazyTown TV series. Despite his small role, a puppet was made of the character, and he prominently appears in the original puppet test video [1].
Although Pósturinn only has a brief appearance in each play, both times he is of importance to the stories’ progression, as he delivers letters revealing key information to the plotline. He is also the first character to appear on stage in the first play, setting the scene of Latibær.

Appearance

In Afram Latibaer, Pósturinn’s appearance is close to the typical cartoon postman – he wears a bright blue suit with a tie and a shoulder strapped red postbag with the word Póstur written in large, yellow letters. His most distinctive feature is his hat, which is very large and puffy. Like most of the cast, he has obvious red blush on his cheeks and prominent blue and white eye liner.
In Glanni Glæpur í Latabæ, Pósturinn gets an updated outfit which was also used for his puppet design. He now sports a fancier suit and hat, which are both navy blue with distinct red trimmings and large gold buttons. He also has a handlebar moustache and curly hair, although neither of these features are present on the puppet version, which is clean shaven and bald.

Personality

In Afram Latibaer, Pósturinn is depicted as very lazy and incompetent. He lies down and tries to fall asleep in the middle of his delivery round, making the mayor collect his post from the bag for him. He also slacks off work in order to catch infomercials on television, which he deems important. He shows great disinterest in the sports competition, scoffing at and walking out on the Mayor when he brings it up. In Glanni Glæpur í Latabæ, Póstur’s lifestyle seems to have improved, as he can now successfully deliver post on his own without collapsing from exhaustion. However, he immediately takes up Glanni’s offer of delivering the newspapers on his behalf without question for a day off, suggesting that his lazy attitude hasn’t improved that much.

Trivia

  • In Áfram Latibær, Pósturinn and Officer Obtuse are played by the same actor, which could explain why the character only appears in the opening scenes. However, Glanni Glæpur í Latabæ has a dedicated Pósturinn actor, despite the character appearing less in this play.