LazyTown

Common Sense Media says

Anything but lazy -- it's exhausting! OK for kids.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn some things about living a healthy, active lifestyle, but sometimes the tips can get lost amid the chaotic pace.

Positive messages

The idea behind the series is to inspire lazy, lethargic kids to become active. The show promotes an overall healthy lifestyle.

Positive role models

Overall the characters are tolerant of one another and try to get along; the "villain" unsuccessfully tries to tempt the kids into becoming lazy.

Violence & scariness

Play sword fights, imaginary battles.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the series' premise is to motivate viewers to dance and be acrobatic and active like the main characters. But the brightly colored sets, rubbery puppets, and spooky villain -- combined with the fast-paced jump cuts -- can create an exhausting effect. Characters are encouraged to make healthy choices like exercising, cutting down on snacks, and reading, but the point is sometimes lost in the show's chaotic nature.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

LAZYTOWN, created in Iceland, was born from the idea that kids should be encouraged to be active rather than lazy. Stephanie (Julianna Rose Mauriello) visits LazyTown to stay with her uncle, the mayor. She meets a variety of kids -- who happen to be puppets -- and befriends the town's superhero, Sportacus 10 (Magnus Scheving). Villain Robbie Rotten (Stefan Karl Stefansson)lurks nearby and is always trying to foil the kids' good time.

Is it any good?

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Kids will like the acrobatic moves that Sportacus 10 busts out -- flipping throughout his spacecraft, jumping over any hurdle, and dancing with Stephanie. This enthusiasm isn't without its benefits. Kids might try to jump and flip the way Sportacus 10 does. The role modeling is also well-intended, but the show's fantasy style doesn't invite real learning to take place.

Parents might take advantage of the momentum generated by this program by turning off the television and getting active with their kids -- after all, that's what LazyTown is really all about.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters' energy. Why are they so enthusiastic and excited? Is it because of the healthy choices they make?

  • Does this show encourage your kids to dance or move around?

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Parent of a 6, 10, and 13 year old Written byjana04 June 27, 2009
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We love this show.. I only wish that it had taken off in America like it has everywhere else. I somewhat agree that it is exhausting for Adults to watch but that is not what is geared toward. My son is 6 now and has been a fan since he was 3yrs old. I just hope what little we get to see of it here in the USA. doesn't leave us as well.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bytrajedy April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Adult Written byKerriellin April 9, 2008
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