Children's television series|
|Created by||Magnus Scheving|
Magnus Scheving |
Julianna Rose Mauriello
Stefán Karl Stefánsson
Gudmundur Thor Karason
David Matthew Feldman
|Opening theme||"Welcome to LazyTown"|
|Ending theme||"Bing Bang (Time to Dance)" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||Iceland|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||107 (list of episodes)|
Raymond P. Le Gue
Brown Johnson and Kay Wilson Stallings for Nick Jr.
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||LazyTown Entertainment|
Turner Broadcasting System|
Viacom International Media Networks
RÚV, Stöð 2 (Iceland)|
Nick Jr. (US)
|Original release||15 August 2004 – 13 October 2014|
|Followed by||LazyTown Extra|
LazyTown (Icelandic: Latibær) is an Icelandic educational musical comedy program with a cast and crew from Iceland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was created by Magnús Scheving, a gymnastics champion and CEO of LazyTown Entertainment, who also has a lead role as "Sportacus" in the show. Originally performed in English, the show has been dubbed into more than thirty languages (including Icelandic) and aired in over 180 countries.
Fifty-three episodes were produced from 2004 to 2007, for the first and second seasons. It originally aired on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in the United States and CBeebies in the UK. Turner Broadcasting System Europe acquired LazyTown Entertainment in 2011 and commissioned a third season consisting of 16 episodes, which premiered on 6 April 2013 in the United Kingdom on Cartoonito. A fourth season, consisting of 12 episodes, premiered in the UK in 2014.
LazyTown was created by Magnús Scheving, who also directed many of the TV program's episodes. The show is part live-action, part puppetry and part CGI animation. It was filmed and produced at 380 Studios, a purpose-built studio near Reykjavík equipped with high-end HDTV production facilities and one of the biggest green screens in the world. The production floor area is 1,800 square meters (almost 20,000 square feet). The budget for each episode was approximately ISK 70,000,000 (US$1 million), about five times the average cost for a children's television programme at the time, making it "the most expensive children's show in the world", according to Scheving.
Its virtual sets were generated with an Unreal Engine 3-based framework, created by Raymond P. Le Gué, known as XRGen4. According to Le Gué, "We start with the live actors and puppets on a physical set with a green screen behind them as a backdrop. The green screen is replaced in real time with the sets created in XRGen4 using UE3. As we move the camera and actors around the physical set, the backdrop scene also moves in real time in complete synchronization with the movements of the real camera. All of this is recorded, and the director can watch the resulting composition in real time."
In most episodes, Sportacus, Stephanie Meanswell, and Robbie Rotten are the only characters played by live actors, though there are other live-action characters who occasionally appear. The rest of the characters are depicted as puppets, made by the Neal Scanlan Studio and Wit Puppets.
- Magnús Scheving as Sportacus (1st time), puppet designers (1st time)
- Shelby Young as Stephanie Meanswell (1st time)
- Stefán Karl Stefánsson as Robbie Rotten
- Julianna Rose Mauriello as Stephanie Meanswell (2nd time)
- Matthias Matthiasson as Sportacus' singing voice
- Chloe Lang as Stephanie Meanswell (3rd time), the "Opposite Stephanie"
- Dyri Kristjansson as Sportacus (2nd time)
- Julian Essex-Spurrier as Sportacus (3rd time)
- Kimberly Pena as Stephanie Meanswell (4th time)
- Nathan Kress as Matthew
- Thordis Elva Thorvaldsdottir as Little Sportacus' voice
- Örn Árnason as Genie, Johnny B. Badd
- Fridjon Olafsson as French painter
- Brynjolfur Haukur Ingolfsson as international children (1st time)
- Kristjan Thorlacius Finnsson as international children (2nd time)
- Xiao Li as international children (3rd time)
- Yanan Li as international children (4th time)
- Haley Ralph as Becky
- Asgeir Helgi Magnusson as Roboticus
- Johannes Haukur Johannesson as Chef Pablo Fantastico
- Olafur S.K. Porvaldz as Santa Claus, Teddicus' Voice
- Johann G. Johannsson as Johnny SportsCandyseed
- Sigurdur Por Oskarsson as Pinocchio
- Llmur Kristjansdottir as Lulu Troll's voice
- Bjorn Thors as Bobby Rotten
- Snorri Engilbertsson as Tobby Rotten, Mummy
- Bergur Por Ingolfsson as Flobby Rotten
- Mani Svarvarson as additional voices (1st time)
- Chris Knowings as additional voices (2nd time)
- Katylin Maher as Hannah
- Hannah Owens as Kristen
- Abby Newton
- Baby Fig
- Grandma Greenfield
- Grandpa Greenfield
- Twinken the Dream Maker
- Scooter McNutty
- Miss Etta Kette
- Mother Goose
- Ronald Binion as Puppet Producer, Pixel (1st time)
- Gudmundur Thor Karason as Ziggy, Puppet Designers (2nd time), Puppet Manufacturing (6th time), Past Ziggy
- Jodi Eichelberger as Stingy, Past Stingy (in years 1956 and 1843)
- Amanda Maddock as Trixie (1st time), Puppeteer Assistant (2nd time)
- David Matthew Feldman as Milford Meanswell, Newscaster Voices (1st time), Past Milford
- Julie Westwood as Bessie Busybody, Pixel (2nd time)
- Kobie Powell as Pixel's Voice, Newscaster Voices (2nd time)
- Sarah Burgess as Puppeteer Assistant (1st time), Trixie's Voice, Trixie (3rd time)
- Heather Asch as Trixie (2nd time)
- Aymee Garcia as Trixie (4th time)
- Raymond Carr as Puppeteer Apprentice, Puppeteer Assistant (3rd time)
- Adam Pagdon as News Man's Voice
- Neal Scanlan Studios as Puppet Manufactures (1st time)
- Gemma De Vecchi as Puppet Manufactures (2nd time)
- Ivan Manzella as Puppet Manufactures (3rd time)
- Sam Ives as Puppet Manufactures (4th time)
- Vincent Abbott as Puppet Manufactures (5th time)
- Tobin Pettit as Puppet Handlers (1st time)
- Sigridur Gudjonsdottir as Puppet Handlers (2nd time)
- Rosa Gisladottir as Puppet Handlers (3rd time)
- Mary Robinette Kowall as Puppeteer Assistant (4th time), Assistant Puppeteers (1st time)
- Thora Clausen as TV Narrator's Voice, AirShip's Voice (1st time)
- Gudmunour Euas Knudsen as Soccerbot (1st time)
- Stefan Gudjonsson as Soccerbot (2nd time)
- Kristjana Saunn Olafsdottir as Rottenella
- Emily Decola as Baby Bird, Assistant Puppeteers (2nd time)
- Thorarinn Blondal as Puppet Handlers (4th time)
- Hilmar Gudjonsson as Puppet Handlers (5th time), Lulu Troll
- Kristofer Scheving as Puppet Doubles (1st time)
- Bjarni Geir Halldorsson as Puppet Doubles (2nd time)
- Brynhildur Iris Bragadottir as Puppet Doubles (3rd time)
- Sandra Bjork Bragadottir as Puppet Doubles (4th time)
- Petra Jasonardottir as Puppet Doubles (5th time)
- David Kristjan Olafsson as Puppet Doubles (6th time), Little Sportacus
- Vaka Johannesdottir as Puppet Doubles (7th time)
- Rakel Kristinsdottir as Puppet Doubles (8th time)
- Darren Foreman as Newscaster Voices (3rd time)
- Sam A. Mowry as Nararator's Voice
- Kristjana T. Brynjolfsdottir as AirShip's Voice (2nd time)
- Lisa Buckley as Assistant Puppeteers (3rd time)
- Carol Binion as Assistant Puppeteers (4th time)
- Brynhildur Gudjonsdottir as AirShip/SportShip's Voice (3rd time)
Uncredited puppets for the puppeteers
- Pixel's ScreenSaver 6000
- Party Man on Robbie Rotten's TV
- Past Bessie for LazyTown in the year 1840
- Bobby Bird on Milford Meanswell's TV
- Mrs. Binion
Sportacus (played by Magnús Scheving/Dyri Kristjansson/Julian Essex-Spurrier and singing voiced by Matthias Matthiasson) is the local athletic superhero. He resides in a blue airship above LazyTown, and is alerted to impending danger in LazyTown by a beeping crystal on the chest of his costume. Understanding, courageous, and helpful, he is devoted to exercise and physical activity and encourages others to follow his example. He has a rivalry with Robbie Rotten, who opposes all forms of athleticism and yearns for LazyTown to return to a sluggish, silent state. Sportacus lives on a diet of fruit and vegetables, which he refers to as "sports candy". Eating junk food makes him immediately lose all his strength and athletic abilities, which can only be restored by eating healthier foods.
Stephanie (played by Shelby Young/Julianna Rose Mauriello/Chloe Lang/Kimberly Pena) is an energetic, active, enthusiastic, and sweet newcomer to town. She resides with her uncle, Mayor Milford Meanswell. Recognizable by her all-pink attire, Stephanie is initially disappointed by the inactive lifestyles of her new friends and coaxes them to partake in more athletic pastimes. Her attempts are often nearly thwarted by Robbie Rotten, who prefers to lead a sluggish, lazy lifestyle in an underground lair located beneath the town and is agitated by the sudden boom of physical activity. Nonetheless, Stephanie is eternally optimistic and hopeful, and always manages to triumph over any challenges in the end.
Robbie Rotten (played by Stefán Karl Stefánsson), desiring silence and peace, continuously formulates feckless schemes that often feature him masquerading in various disguises as a means of hoodwinking or tempting residents away from an active lifestyle. He passionately abhors the influence of Sportacus and Stephanie, and a number of these schemes are intended either to do away with them or lure the people of town away from a fit lifestyle. Ironically, in the process of attempting to convert the town to laziness, Robbie places so much effort into his schemes that he becomes one of LazyTown's most active residents.
Ziggy (played by Guðmundur Þór Kárason) is the youngest resident. He loves to eat candy and sweets—particularly lollipops. 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 a lollipop.
Trixie (played by Amanda Maddock/Heather Asch/Sarah Burgess/Aymee Garcia and voiced by Sarah Burgess) is a troublemaker, 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.
Pixel (played by Ronald Binion/Julie Westwood and voiced by Kobie Powell) is a 10-year-old who loves computers, technology and gadgets. 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". Pixel represents the disadvantages of technology replacing outdoor activity and exercise.
Stingy (played by Jodi Eichelberger) is a selfish and possessive child. 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 even names "this instrumental break" within the song as his). He can also play the harmonica and recorder. His toy car is a 1978 Mini Cooper. In later seasons, he is often seen wearing rectangular glasses.
Mayor Meanswell (played by David Matthew Feldman) is a nervous wreck who has a crush on Miss 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 "LazyTown Goes Digital", the Mayor is seen to be continually perplexed by modern technological terms and has to be corrected when foolishly trying to send a "b-mail" using a recently installed computer system.
Bessie Busybody (played by Julie Westwood) is an adult resident. Although patronizing, she tries her best to be motherly with the children. She is aware of every new trend, and is pompous but fashionable; she loves to talk on her cell phone.
Fifty-three episodes were produced for the first two seasons of LazyTown between 2004 and 2007. A third season, consisting of 16 episodes, first aired in 2013. A fourth season consisting of another 12 episodes began airing in 2014.
The show first appeared on 16 August 2004 in the United States on Nick Jr., when it was a children's block on the Nickelodeon channel. The second season debuted in the United States on Nick Jr. in 2006. It also aired in the United States on CBS as part of the Nickelodeon on CBS Saturday morning block from 17 September 2005 to 9 September 2006. The series would continue to air daily on the Nick Jr. channel until July 17, 2010.
In 2008, a Spanish-dubbed version of LazyTown debuted on V-me, a television network created for the Hispanic market in the US. NBC began airing it every Saturday on 7 July 2012, as part of the new Saturday morning NBC Kids pre-school block until early-2016. The Spanish-dubbed version also airs on Telemundo (a sister station to NBC) as part of the new weekend pre-school morning block MiTelemundo.
As of October 2013, ten episodes from season two were available for streaming on Netflix.
The series has been dubbed into thirty-two languages.
|Songs' Names||Performed By||Backing By|
|"Welcome to LazyTown"||Jon Josep Snaebjornsson||-|
|"Bing Bang"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"Have You Ever"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie, Pixel and Sportacus|
|"Always a Way"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"Energy"||Sportacus and Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Ziggy, Pixel, Trixie|
|"Anything Can Happen"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"Wake Up"||Pixel and Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy|
|"Cooking by the Book"||Stephanie Meanswell, Ziggy, Stingy and Pixel||-|
|"Step by Step"||Stephanie Meanswell and Trixie||Pixel|
|"No One's Lazy in LazyTown"||Sportacus and Stephanie Meanswell||Trixie, Ziggy, Pixel|
|"Twenty Times Time"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"Lazy Scouts"||Robbie Rotten (imitating as Scouty)||Stingy, Ziggy and Trixie|
|"Good Stuff"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy and Pixel|
|"You are a Pirate"||Robbie Rotten (disguised as Rottenbeard) and Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy and Trixie|
|"Spooky Song"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy and Ziggy|
|"Teamwork"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Ziggy, Trixie, Pixel, Sportacus, Robbie Rotten, Milford Meanswell and Bessie Busybody|
|"Go For It"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"The Mine Song"||Stingy||Piggy|
|"Gizmo Guy"||Pixel||Ziggy and Stephanie Meanswell|
|"I Am A Prince"||Stingy||Robbie Rotten, Stephanie Meanswell, Trixie, Ziggy and Pixel|
|"Playtime"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Ziggy, Trixie, Sportacus, and Robbie Rotten|
|"Master of Disguise"||Robbie Rotten||-|
|"We're Dancing"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"Take a Vacation"||Stephanie Meanswell and Sportacus||-|
|"Woof Woof Woof"||Robbie Rotten||Robot Dog|
|"Man on a Mission"||Bessie Busybody and Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Ziggy and Milford Meanswell|
|"I Love Christmas"||Stephanie Meanswell and Trixie||Ziggy|
|"Good To Be Bad"||Robbie Rotten (as Santa Claus)||-|
|"I Can Move"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"Galaxy"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy and Pixel|
|"When We Play in a Band"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy, Pixel and Trixie|
|"Rock Your Socks Off"||Robbie Rotten (imitating Johnny B. Badd)||-|
|"Time to Play"||Stephanie Meanswell||Little Sportacus|
|"Clean Up"||Stingy||Stephanie Meanswell, Ziggy, Pixel and Trixie|
|"It's Fun to Be the Mayor"||Robbie Rotten (disguised as Milford Meanswell)||-|
|"Playing on the Playground"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Pixel, Stingy and Trixie|
|"Snow, Give Me Snow"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Sportacus, Trixie, Stingy and Pixel|
|"Time to Start the Show"||Robbie Rotten (imitating as Roberto), Stingy and Trixie||Stephanie Meanswell, Ziggy, Sportacus and Pixel|
|"I Like Learning"||Stephanie Meanswell, Ziggy, Stingy, Pixel, Trixie and Sportacus||-|
|"Colors"||Stephanie Meanswell, Sportacus and Pixel||-|
|"New Games Everyday"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Ziggy, Trixie and Pixel|
|"We Got Energy"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Ziggy, Sportacus and Robbie Rotten|
|"We Will Be Friends"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Trixie, Ziggy, Pixel, Sportacus and Milford Meanswell|
|"Techno Generation"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy, Robbie Rotten, Pixel, Sportacus and Milford Meanswell|
|"The Greatest Genie"||Genie and Robbie Rotten||-|
|"Story Time"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Ziggy, Pixel, Trixie and Robbie Rotten|
|"Lazy Rockets"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy and Ziggy|
|"I Wanna Dance"||Robbie Rotten (imitating as Silly Swingawip) and Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"LazyTown Megamix"||Sportacus and Stephanie Meanswell||Trixie, Ziggy, Pixel, Stingy, Robbie Rotten, Milford Meanswell and Bessie Busybody|
|"Go Step Go"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"Never Say Never"||Stephanie Meanswell||Sportacus, Ziggy, Trixie, Stingy and Pixel|
|"Boogie Woogie Boo"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Trixie, Pixel, Sportacus, Robbie Rotten, Milford Meanswell and Bessie Busybody|
|"Life Can Be A Surprise"||Stephanie Meanswell||Sportacus, Ziggy, Pixel, Trixie and Stingy|
|"Take It to the Top"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie and Pixel|
|"Round And Round"||Stingy||Stephanie Meanswell, Ziggy, Trixie and Pixel|
|"Here We Go"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie and Pixel|
|"Summer Is the Season"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie, Pixel, Robbie Rotten, Milford Meanswell, Bessie Busybody and Sportacus|
|"All Together"||Stephanie Meanswell||-|
|"We Love Sportscandy"||Chef Pablo Fantastico||-|
|"Recipe For Energy"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy and Trixie|
|"Holly Jolly Holidays"||Stephanie Meanswell and Santa Claus||Sportacus, Trixie, Ziggy, Stingy, Pixel, Milford Meanswell and Bessie Busybody|
|"Let's Go To The Moon"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Trixie, Ziggy and Pixel, Milford Meanswell and Bessie Busybody|
|"Great Time"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie, Pixel and Robbie Rotten|
|"Friends"||Trixie, Pixel and Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy and Stingy|
|"SportsCandy"||Stephanie Meanswell||Trixie, Ziggy and Stingy|
|"We Love School"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Pixel, Stingy, Trixie and Robbie Rotten|
|"Princess For Eternity"||Robbie Rotten (as The Royal Training Master) and Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie and Pixel|
|"One More Time"||Stephanie Meanswell and Sportacus||Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie and Pixel|
|"Hey We Play"||Robbie Rotten (disguised as a Wizard)||Stephanie Meanswell, Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie and Pixel|
|"Friend For Life"||Stephanie Meanswell||Trixie, Ziggy and Stingy|
|"Life Will Be So Wonderful"||Robbie Rotten (imitating as a Fortune Teller)||Stephanie Meanswell, Ziggy, Stingy, Trixie and Pixel|
|"Ghost Stoppers"||Stephanie Meanswell||Stingy, Trixie, Ziggy and Pixel|
|"We Are Number One"||Robbie Rotten||Bobby Rotten, Tobby Rotten and Flobby Rotten|
|"Go Explore"||Stephanie Meanswell||Ziggy, Pixel, Stingy, Trixie and Robbie Rotten|
On 15 September 2008, a spin-off television series called LazyTown Extra debuted in the United Kingdom on CBeebies. A "magazine format style show" for 3- to 6-year-olds, it features characters from LazyTown in an assortment of short sketches. 26 episodes of LazyTown Extra have been produced, each between 11 and 15 minutes in duration. Several characters are voiced by different actors from those who performed in LazyTown.
Prior to producing LazyTown, Magnús Scheving created two theatrical shows in Iceland. Áfram Latibær! ("Onward LazyTown!"/"Go Lazytown!", produced in 1996) had Scheving as an energetic elf who encouraged the townspeople to exercise and lead healthier lives. The show had a Stephanie-like character who was an out-of-shape dancer, but the Robbie Rotten character did not yet exist. Most of the secondary characters (puppets) seen in the television series also appeared in this show, although in human form. The second show, Glanni Glæpur í Latabæ ("Robbie Rotten in LazyTown", produced in 1999), introduced Stefán Karl Stefánsson playing his Robbie Rotten character, while Scheving's role changed from elf to hero in an airship.
A LazyTown Live! stage production toured the United Kingdom and Ireland between October 2007 and August 2008. It introduced a new cast to the United Kingdom, including Julian Essex-Spurrier as Sportacus.
From 28 January to 29 November 2009, a live stage production entitled LazyTown Live! The Pirate Adventure toured the United Kingdom and Ireland. It featured characters and songs from LazyTown, performed by a new cast.
New productions of LazyTown Live had their premières in November 2009 in Portugal and in March 2010 in Spain by producers Lemon Entertainment.
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