Do you recognize the two people to the left? Look very close. That is what Stephanie and Sportacus from LazyTown really look like! Hard to believe, I know! Lazytown is a show on Noggin and Nick Jr. that encourages your kids to get off their butts and be more active! When asked about the inspiration for the show, Magnus (the shows creator and Sportacus) answered:
Really, when you get down to it, LazyTown is a state of mind. We've all been to LazyTown. When we decide to go “veg-out” on the couch, you could say you're “in LazyTown.” Even me. It's a place we all go.
In a funny way, LazyTown reflects characteristics that you see in yourself or in people around you. These characteristics are universal: It's that dynamic of opposites.
For instance, in the show, Sportacus is a driving force. He's fit, agile, and an amazing athlete who's patient, kind, and understanding. He encourages kids through example. He doesn't take the low road. Conversely, his adversary, Robbie Rotten, is all about easy solutions and pulling the group down to his level. Then there's Stephanie, the lead kid character, a wide-eyed optimist who believes she can make a real difference; while Pixel, a boy character, can conquer every video game, but when the situations are real, he has a harder time.
Just like in real life, nobody's perfect and LazyTowners are constantly trying to find ways to understand and improve themselves. I guess that you could say that LazyTown explores the opposing forces that we encounter in our own daily lives.
How is that for teaching your children? Most moms and kids that I have talked to like this show. Magnus knows what he is talking about too — he was the Icelandic Men's Individual Champion in Aerobic Gymnastics in 1992. In 1993, he became the Scandinavian champion, and was the European champion twice in 1994 and 1995. He was voted Athlete of the Year by Iceland in 1994. Adding superhero to that resume just makes it twice as nice.
Now, why should you and your children watch this? It does get them off their butts. I find Madison and Will dancing and singing with the show when its on. It has taught my children that there is nothing wrong with going outside and playing. On top of the activity lessons, there are moral lessons too. Check your local schedule and see when you can watch it at your place. You won't be disappointed!