LazyTown is an Icelandic children's lifestyle brand and musical comedy program, created by Magnús Scheving, a former international gymnastics champion. The program features a cast and crew from Iceland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The program was commissioned by Nickelodeon in 2003, following the production of two stage plays and a test pilot. Originally performed in American English, the show has been dubbed into more than thirty languages (including Icelandic) and aired in over 180 countries. 53 episodes were produced from 2004 to 2007, for the first and second seasons. It originally aired on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block in the United States and internationally. Turner Broadcasting System Europe acquired LazyTown Entertainment in 2011 and commissioned third and fourth seasons for a total of 28 new episodes, which premiered in 2013 on Turner's Cartoonito and later on Viacom's Channel 5. Multiple spin-off projects were created, including stage productions and a short-format television program for younger children titled LazyTown Extra. The LazyTown brand was co-founded by Magnús Scheving and his then wife Ragnheiður Melsteð. The brand had a large Following in Iceland, before international expansion. Projects included the LazyTown Energy Campaign, during which sales of fruit and vegetables raised by 22% in Iceland.
Why It Rocks
- Likable characters
- Awesome costume and background designs.
- Epic songs, especially "We are Number One", "Cooking By the Book" and "You Are a Pirate".
- Funny jokes.
- It encourages children to be active.
- Good plot.
- Interesting episodes.
- Great cast.
- Amazing acting and voice acting.
- Memorable theme song.
- Iceland made this, and this was actually the most expensive kids show to be made at the time due to the amount of greenscreen and CGI in it.
- Robbie Rotten always has a creative disguise and unique personality for each one showing how in their own ways to be "Rotten" as he is.
- Much of the actual dancing and gymnastics are actually done by Magnus Schevelling, the creator and actor who plays Sportacus and is an gymnast in real life.
- It inspired lots of internet memes.
- It got cancelled for no good reason.
- Stingy can be a jerk sometimes (especially in Season 1), which is the inspiration of the "this [blank] is mine" meme.
- The puppets are terrifying for first watchers.
- Very weird to call the show LazyTown, when they are very active.
- After the show was cancelled, Stefán Karl Stefánsson (who played Robbie Rotten) was diagnosed with a severe case of pancreatic cancer. A fundraiser has been set up on his behalf. If you want to donate to Stefán Karl Stefánsson, click here.