LazyTown is a children’s TV show which originates from Iceland. It was created by Magnús Scheving, an aerobics champion and CEO of LazyTown Entertainment, who also stars in the show as Sportacus. LazyTown features a cast and crew from the United States, England, The Netherlands and from Iceland (where it is known as Latibær).
The main character is Stephanie, who 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. Her uncle, the bumbling Mayor Milford Meanswell, enlists the help of superhero Sportacus to help the kids play outside. However, this does not sit well with Robbie Rotten, a Grinch-like character who lives underground and prefers not to hear the children playing above. Many of the episodes involve Robbie Rotten trying to ruin the kids’ fun so that he can get peace and quiet.
LazyTown is part live action, part puppetry and part CGI animation. Stephanie, Sportacus and Robbie Rotten are the only “humans” on the show. The rest of the characters are depicted as puppets. The show’s puppets are made by the Neal Scanlan Studio and Wit Puppets.
Due to the timing of the show’s premiere, it may have been created in response to the childhood obesity scare.