LazyTown is a children’s television musical series from Iceland. It was invented by Magnus Scheving, an aerobics champion who also plays the character Sportacus. Nickelodeon commissioned the series in 2003 after producing two stage plays and a test pilot. The show, which began in English, has been dubbed into over thirty languages and aired in over 180 countries. One of the most expensive children’s shows ever built, the show combines live action, puppetry and computer-generated graphics. The first two seasons (52 episodes) were produced from 2004 to 2007.
Lazy Town storyline
The story centers on Stephanie, an 8-year-old pink-haired girl and the newest resident of the LazyTown neighborhood. She has moved to LazyTown to live with her uncle, Mayor Milford Meanswell, and is amazed to find that all of her neighbors are settled. With the help of an above-average hero named Sportacus, she helps the other residents learn more athletic activities. Unfortunately, Robbie Rotten, who prefers to live a lazy life and is irritated by the sudden increase in physical activity, often thwarts her attempts. Robbie regularly devises unwise strategies to make LazyTown lazy again. On the other hand, his system is never failsafe and he always loses.
Stephanie befriends a group of kids who all have unwanted tendencies. Ziggy, who is cute and aspires to be a superhero when he grows up, eats an unbalanced diet, lacking in fruits and vegetables. Trixie is a troublemaker who doesn’t respect the law or other people. Pixel is a reclusive inventor who spends far too much time in front of his computer. Stingy has an arrogant attitude and is in love with practically everything in town. As the series progresses, the characters become less passive in favor of a healthier lifestyle, encouraging audiences to adopt a similar lifestyle to help combat childhood obesity. Eurodance heavily influences the soundtrack. Each episode contains at least one original song and ends with a different rendition of Stephanie’s song “Bing Bang (Time to Dance)”.
Lazy Town, where are you now?
During the show from 2004 to 2014, the feisty character was played by not one but two women. However, the first is now 30 years old. Julianna was known for her vivid portrayal of Stephanie in seasons one and two. Unfortunately, Julianna left the show after feeling she had outgrown her position, choosing to focus on her academics rather than pursuing a career in show business.
Not only is she brilliant (and adaptable), but she’s also incredibly smart, having attended an Ivy League institution in New York City. The actress then went to Columbia University to pursue her Masters in Occupational Therapy and is now a fully qualified Occupational Therapist.
Chloe Lang was cast as Stephanie for the last two seasons of LazyTown. It wasn’t Chloe’s first acting, but it was the first time she had such a significant role. Chloe grew in popularity with fans during her time on the show. Since the sitcom ended, Chloe has had a few minor acting roles, but nothing as significant as LazyTown. It’s unclear if this is voluntary or because she’s had trouble getting roles. Despite her lack of screen appearances in recent years, Chloe has a sizable following.
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Stefan Karl Stefanson
Robbie Rotten star Stefan Karl Stefansson has died aged 43 after a two-year battle with cancer. On August 21, 2018, the Icelandic actor who played the villain on the famous children’s TV show died surrounded by his friends and family. Stefansson was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, and after the surgery he appeared to be on the mend. However, in March 2018, he told fans his cancer had returned and was inoperable.
Not only was Magnus Scheving the actor who played Sportacus on LazyTown, but he was also the show’s creator. A national gymnastics champion, Magnus has devoted his life to fitness. Magnus also decided to step down as CEO of LazyTown Entertainment after the show ended, eventually leaving the industry altogether. He hasn’t starred in anything since LazyTown, and he’s not in the restaurant business. He owns a restaurant in Iceland with his partner Hrefna Björk Sverrisdóttir.
Guðmundur Thor Karason
In LazyTown, Guðundur Þór Kárason played Ziggy, a character most of us can relate to. Ziggy was a fan of candy and other sweet treats. These harmful indulgences were once staples in his diet, but when Stephanie and Sportacus taught him the importance of eating healthy and staying active, he changed his mind. Unfortunately Gumundur seems to have given up the entertainment sector since LazyTown. According to his IMDB website, he hasn’t done any acting since the show ended.
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Ronald Binion was the puppeteer behind Pixel and the voice for a significant chunk of LazyTown’s existence, though viewers never saw his face. Despite his previous experience in the industry, his work on LazyTown was his first big opportunity. Despite not having any TV credits, he still works hard in LazyTown.
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Sarah Burgess is another LazyTown cast member whose face you may not have seen before, but she played a significant role in the series. She was the puppeteer behind Trixie for the first two seasons of the show. After leaving LazyTown in 2006, she moved on to another series called Space Pirates. In 2008, she returned to the Lazytown family for LazyTown Extra, a spin-off series. Most recently, she had a speaking role on the television series The Furchester Hotel, which aired from 2014-2016. Aside from that, Sarah seems to have maintained a calm profile.
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Julie Westwood is one of the few members of the LazyTown cast who has played many roles. She was also Bessie Busybody for the duration of the series, temporarily playing Pixel. Julie had a long career as an actress and voice actress before being cast in LazyTown. She worked on It’s A Big Big World and Max & Ruby, two children’s series. She has only appeared on one television show since LazyTown.
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Stingy was brought to life by puppeteer Jodi Eichelberger, who also provided the character’s voice. Jodi’s career in entertainment began in the late 1990’s and he worked his way up the ladder to bigger and better things. His most famous venture to date is probably LazyTown. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is the Artistic Director of Story Story Night and lives in Idaho. He is also the director of the Surel’s Place program.
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