The latest installment in the Lazytown DVD series brings four more episodes of the Nick Jnr. Television show best known for the aerobic antics of superhero and creator Magnus Scheving. Obviously not short on confidence, Scheving bounces, flips, dances and jumps around the screen in a tight blue costume as Sportacus, the tenth superhero to make a home in Lazytown. His scene stealing arch enemy Robbie Rotten again proves that even though his diabolical plots never work, he can hold his own as one of the coolest villains in children's television.
The plot for each episode revolves along the universal Lazytown themes of eating healthy fruit and vegetables (known as sports candy), and exercising. Robbie Rotten does his cute little best to encourage the children to eat cake and candy and lie around doing nothing, while Sportacus proves to them that it's better to eat right, sleep right and do aerobics whenever possible. Robbie is of course the "Master of Disguise" and has a fully equipped wardrobe to suit his every scheme.
The four episodes on this DVD are:
Sports Candy Festival - Stephanie and the kids decide to surprise Sportacus by holding a Festival in his honor. Robbie is a bad apple, but Sportacus still ends up as the top banana.
Happy Brush Day - Ziggy's having a birthday party, and although Robbie's gift is the biggest, the little gift from Sportacus saves the day.
Play Day - Robbie excels as a cowboy in this one. There's a great high noon showdown in the streets of Lazytown, but when Robbie starts monkeying around, Sportacus proves that he's the one to tame the beast.
Sportafake - Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Robbie makes Sportacus look rather small until a good deed turns the tables on him.
With the usual great bouncy and catchy music and energetic dancing, this one is sure to please the little Stephanie, Sportacus and/or Robbie in your family.
Amanda Richards, June 27, 2006