LazyTown (Icelandic: Latibær) is a
program produced in Iceland that
features a cast and crew from Iceland, the United Kingdom and the
It was created by Magnús Scheving
, a gymnastics
champion and CEO of LazyTown
Entertainment, who also stars in the show. The show has been highly
successful, airing in over 100 countries in more than a dozen
A total of 52 episodes of
have been produced.
As of 2009, LazyTown
continues to generate spin-off
projects, including LazyTown
(touring stage productions) and a TV series for
younger children called LazyTown
. LazyTown Extra
has never been broadcast in
the United States.
The main character is Stephanie (Julianna Rose Mauriello
arrives in town and urges her new friends Ziggy, Trixie, Stingy,
and Pixel to go outside and be active, instead of staying inside
and playing video games all day. Her uncle, the bumbling Mayor
Milford Meanswell, enlists the help of Sportacus 10 (Magnús Scheving
), a self-described
"slightly-above-average hero". It is Sportacus' job to inspire the
kids to play outside, and to help solve low-key emergencies that
occur from time to time. However, all this does not sit well with
Robbie Rotten (Stefán
), 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 and
trying to make Sportacus leave town forever so he can encourage the
kids to be lazy again.
is part live action
part puppetry, and part CGI
. Stephanie, Sportacus, and Robbie Rotten were the
only humans on the English language
show up until episode 32 (Dancing Duel), which was the first to
include a fourth live actor to play the role of Rottenella. She was
played by Mauriello's stunt double, Kristjana Ólafsdóttir. More
recent episodes have extended the live cast as well. Such episodes
include Little Sportacus and The Lazy Genie. The rest of the
characters are depicted as puppets
show's puppets are made by the Neal
and Wit Puppets
is produced in a 5067 m² studio in Garðabær, Iceland, which contains one of the most advanced HDTV facilities in Europe.
The budget for each
episode is approximately USD $1,000,000.
The original series first appeared on August 16, 2004 in the U.S.
on Nick Jr.
(when it was a
children's block on the U.S. Nickelodeon
channel). The series'
second season debuted in the U.S. on Nick Jr. on May 15, 2006. It
aired again in the U.S. on CBS
18, 2004 to September 9, 2006. Currently LazyTown
in the United States on Nick
and a Spanish-dubbed version on V-me
has aired on Nick Jr. in the USA
, Nick Jr. in the UK and Ireland
, BBC One
Nick Jr. Australia
, Super RTL
, Discovery Kids
, among other television networks.
Marathon Media Group
distributed the French dubbed version.
Scheving: The super-healthy hero of the show, hailing
from "an island in the North Sea" (a reference to Iceland,
LazyTown's country of origin).
the kids of LazyTown to eat "sports candy" (his term for fruits and
vegetables), and to play outside instead of just sitting around
indoors playing video games or eating junk food. He wants to make
sure LazyTown is happy, and knows that they have to be healthy and
fit to be so. Sportacus is constantly engaged in physical activity,
and even does gymnastics just to get from place to place. Sportacus
is always saving people. His crystal beeps to let him know that
someone needs his help. The character is patient and understanding.
Sportacus doesn't think of himself as a Superhero, but rather, a
Slightly-Above-Average Hero. His weakness is that if he ever eats
sugary candy, he will have a "sugar meltdown", which makes him lose
all of his energy until he eats something healthy again.
Played by Julianna Rose
The character who inspired the citizens
(and most importantly, the children) of LazyTown to be active. Her
love for being active and playing greatly influences the town. She
loves the color pink as her clothes, hair, and accessories are all
pink. She came to town to visit her uncle, the mayor of LazyTown.
Stephanie is always encouraging the kids to go outside and play,
but on each occasion she must contend with Robbie Rotten's attempts
to sabotage her efforts. But when she asked for Sportacus' help,
the whole town worked together to make LazyTown the best place to
live. Stephanie loves to dance. She dreams of studying dance at a
famous dance school.
Played by Stefán Karl
. The antagonist
of the show. He is always trying to get the kids to eat junk food
and is forever trying to banish
Sportacus from LazyTown. He wants to make sure LazyTown remains
quiet and lazy, as it was before the arrival of Sportacus and
Stephanie. Robbie devises all sorts of plans to achieve this, and
sometimes comes very close to succeeding, but in the end is always
defeated by Sportacus with the help of Stephanie and her friends.
The amount of effort that this champion of inactivity puts into his
plots is ironic
; he may be the most active
person in LazyTown because of it. Although his actions are those of
an evil villain, he refers to himself as "a simple, rotten guy
who's just misunderstood." He lives in an underground lair from
which he spies on the children of LazyTown through a periscope
. His undergound lair is discovered by
Sportacus, Stephanie and the kids in episode "Little
Robbie Rotten frequently dresses up in clever disguises to cause
mischief and trouble.
His emotional state rapidly goes from one extreme to another
throughout an episode, reflecting Rotten's vast determination to
inflict laziness on Lazytown despite an embarrassing catalogue of
- Ziggy (puppeteered and voiced by Guðmundur Þór
Kárason) The character who loves to eat candy and
sweets - particularly taffy. After
Stephanie came along he found that there is more to childhood than
sugary treats. He is now active and participates in any sport the
gang plays, but still enjoys candy. He can usually be seen holding
- Stingy (puppeteered and voiced by Jodi Eichelberger) As his name
implies, the greedy and possessive character. He still plays with
the gang, but he will always care about his stuff: especially his
car and his prized piggy bank. He often
says "It's mine!" and has his own song by that name (which names
everything in LazyTown as his). He can also play the harmonica and
- Trixie (puppeteered and voiced by Sarah Burgess) The trouble-maker
character, though she does like to play with everyone else. Trixie
refers to Stephanie as "Pinky" when trying to get her attention.
She also likes to draw moustaches on the
mayor's posters. In "Crystal Caper", she kisses Stingy, implying
Stingy might have a crush on her.
- Pixel (puppeteered by Ron Binion and voiced by Julie Westwood and Kobie Powell) The character who plays
too much on the computer. He fixes up all sorts of gadgets to help
him avoid doing something himself, such as a machine to tie his
shoes or a remote that "does everything for you." He loves anything
to do with computers, technology and gadgets. He has a crush on
- Mayor Milford Meanswell (puppeteered and voiced by
Feldman) A nervous wreck who has a crush on Ms.
Busybody. He loves his niece Stephanie very much and calls
Sportacus if she feels sad or depressed. He is also famous for
saying "Oh my!" all the time if something is wrong. In the episode
'Lazy Town Goes Digital', the Mayor is seen to be continually
perplexed by modern technological terms and later has to be
corrected when foolishly trying to send a 'b-mail' using a recently
installed computer system. This shows the mayor is somewhat
- Bessie Busybody (puppeteered and voiced by Julie Westwood) Although
patronizing, she tries her best to be motherly with the children.
She is aware of every new trend, and is pompous but fashionable,
and she loves to talk on her cell phone.
- Sportacandy (Sweetacus in UK
versions) Ziggy's superhero alter-ego who's just like
Sportacus, but he only saves sweets. He is seen for a short time in
some episodes, but he did star in a whole episode called
Hero For A Day.
- Number 9 (not
seen, only referred to) A superhero from an island in
Sea, who served as LazyTown's protector and resident
role model in times past. He had a big number 9 on his
chest, whereas Sportacus is number 10. When Stephanie was trying to
think how to get the kids to play outside, Mayor Meanswell told her
about #9 and how they could send messages to him through a tube
that Robbie Rotten had plugged up. Stephanie tried it and Sportacus
got her letter asking for help. It is possible Number 9 could be
the father of Sportacus.
Robbie Rotten's disguises
A scheming Robbie Rotten about to
select a costume from his collection to disguise himself.
- Rob U. Blind, The Traveling
Salesman (Episode 2: Defeeted)
- Lazycus (Episode 2: Defeeted)
- Sherlock Foams, Private Eye (Episode 6: Swiped
- Sportacus (Episode 8: Sportafake)
- The Birthday Fairy (Episode 9: Happy Brush
- Scottie The Scoutmaster (Episode 10: Lazy
- Dr. Rottenstein (Episode 11: Dr.
- Rottenbeard (Episode 12: Rottenbeard)
- A Purple Dinosaur (Episode 13: Cry
- A Royal Messenger (Episode 19: Prince
- The Rotten Kid (A Cowboy) & A Gorilla
(Episode 21: Play Day)
- Soccer-Bot 6000 (Episode 24: Soccer
- Miss Roberta, Manners Expert (Episode 25: Miss
- Mayor Fordmil Meansbad (Episode 27: Secret
- Santa Claus (Episode 29: LazyTown's Surprise
- A Purple Cow (Episode 30: Robbie's Greatest
- A Giant Carrot, Apple, and Banana (Episode 31:
Sports Candy Festival)
- Zobbie, the Space Alien (Episode 33: Ziggy's
- Johnny B. Badd (Episode 35:
- A Ghost (Episode 36: Haunted Castle)
- A Giant Purple Bush (Episode 37: Little
- A Garbage Man (Episode 38: Trash Trouble)
- The Mayor (Episode 39: Double Trouble)
- A Snow Monster (Episode 40: The LazyTown Snow
- Roberto the Ringmaster (Episode 41: The
- Professor H.R. Rottenein
(Episode 42: School Scam)
- Rob R. Robley, Newsman
(Episode 43: Pixel TV)
- The Purple Legend (Episode 43: Pixel TV)
- Chef Robert (Episode 43: Pixel TV)
- A Gorilla (Episode 43: Pixel TV)
- The Shaking Cup Man (Episode 44: Friends
- The Stamp Guy (Episode 45: Energy Book)
- The Giant Wall Builder (Episode 46: Birthday
- Bob Wired, Technician (Episode 47: LazyTown
- The Big Bad Wolf (Episode 49: Once Upon A
- The Dance Instructor (Episode 51: Dancing
On September 15, 2008, a spin-off television series called
debuted in the UK on CBeebies
. This series, conceived as a "magazine
format style show" for 3 to 6-year-olds, features characters from
in an assortment of short sketches. 26 episodes
of LazyTown Extra
have been produced, each between and 11
and 15 minutes in duration. Several characters were voiced by
The 2007-08 LazyTown Live
show at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham.
As of 2009, a new live stage production entitled LazyTown
Live! The Pirate Adventure
is touring throughout the
United Kingdom & Ireland. The live show features the characters
and songs from the LazyTown
TV series performed by a new
cast, and will tour the UK from January 28 to November 29,
A previous LazyTown Live!
stage production toured the UK
and Ireland between October 2007 and August 2008. This production
introduced a new LazyTown
cast to the UK, including Julian
Essex-Spurrier as Sportacus.
New productions of the LazyTown Live
show are planned to
premiere in November 2009 in Portugal and in March 2010 in
A Spanish-speaking version of the live stage show is scheduled to
launch in the United States in the first quarter of 2010 and will
visit markets across the country, supported by the V-me
national broadcast network and local affiliates.
The stage production will be the first live family entertainment
show to tour the US exclusively in Spanish.
- LazyTown won the EDDA award (the Icelandic equivalent
of the BAFTA or Oscar) for Production Design. It also received EDDA
nominations in four other categories: Costume Design,
Cinematography and Editing, Screenplay, and TV Drama/Comedy of the
- LazyTown won the BAFTA Children's
Award in the international category.
- Julianna Rose Mauriello
was nominated for a Daytime Emmy
for her role in LazyTown as Stephanie.
- Magnús Scheving received
the lifetime achievement award at the Icelandic EDDA ceremonies for
his work as founder and creator of the LazyTown franchise.
The president of Iceland presented the award to Scheving.
- LazyTown received a German EMIL award.
- LazyTown received two Daytime Emmy nominations – the first of
which recognised Magnús Scheving and Jonathan Judge for
Outstanding Directing In A Children's Series. The second
went to composer Mani Svavarsson for Outstanding Achievement in
Music Direction & Composition.
- LazyTown was nominated for the BAFTA Children's Award in the international
- LazyTown was nominated for the BAFTA Children's Award in the international
- LazyTown was nominated for 5 EDDA awards. The nominations were
for: Best TV Show, Best Costumes, Best Makeup, Best Sound, and Best
- Magnús Scheving received the PROTOS Award from the Universidad
Panamericana in Mexico City.
The soundtracks and songs of LazyTown are composed by Máni
Svavarsson, whose history with the company goes back to the
original Icelandic theatre plays. The popularity of
s songs and music has led to the production of
that feature music from the show.
soundtracks have been released in a number of countries and in a
number of different languages, including LazyTown in the United States, Líttu inn í Latabæ in Iceland, Los
geht's! in Germany,
¡Bienvenidos a LazyTown! in Latin
America and LazyTown - The
Album in the United Kingdom.
A second UK soundtrack, titled LazyTown - The New Album
released on October 15, 2007.
The song "Bing Bang
released as a single
in the UK, and
peaked at #4 in the UK Singles
on December 10, 2006.
In the United States, Fisher-Price
produced a line of toys including an activity mat, and Stephanie
and Sportacus items. There is also a soundtrack, along with books
Over 50 LazyTown
DVDs have been released worldwide. For a
current list, see LazyTown
All the LazyTown
DVDs in Region 1 are now discontinued
including its soundtrack. There are no plans for releasing the
complete seasons on DVD.
In the UK, a monthly magazine launched in March 2007. Each issue
boasts a free cover-mounted gift, a large poster inside, along with
various ideas for games, comic strips and dance instructions. Many
features come with an inset explaining to parents the value of the
activities being promoted.
- Roberts, Katie. "US: Lazytown Live to hit the stage."
Licensing.biz. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009.