LazyTown: No One's Lazy In Lazy Town Review
Lazytown comes back to DVD with another set of stories based around the energetic efforts of Sportacus and Stephanie and, of course, those of Robbie Rotten to return the town to the very sleepy way that it was. Lazytown, though, wouldn't be Lazytown if he were to succeed and, much like the silent movie villains of old who gurn in the direction of the camera at the very moment the train is diverted away from the beautiful young women tied to the tracks, Robbie Rotten is eternally frustrated in his efforts, scowling as the kids play football, has his plans ruined by Sportacus or, in the opening episode in this set, watches helplessly as the Energy Meter, which had been dwindling all day, slowly begins to climb once again.
The Laziest Town does indeed feature an Energy Meter, which Robbie manages to take down to a very low level thanks to his utter lack of effort managing to offset everyone else's activities. As the Energy Meter sinks ever further, Robbie Rotten begins celebrating but Stephanie has the brightest idea of all, using Bessie, who doesn't normally like to exert herself, to work out without her ever realising it. Meanwhile, in Lazy Scouts, the best episode of the five on this disc, Robbie, in as canny as disguise as ever, takes the kids on a scouting trip to the town square but when Stephanie gets bored with his ideas on camping - sleeping, eating a bit and not bothering with the tent - she asks Sportacus for help. But when a storm comes in and threatens the scouts, who are, thanks to Robbie, anything but ready, it's up to Sportacus and Stephanie to save them.
Sportafake begins with Stephanie realising that she's often afraid to stand up for herself and for what she thinks is right. But when two Sportacusses, or perhaps Sportacii, show up in Lazytown, it's up to Stephanie to sort out one from the other, little realising that one of them is actually Robbie Rotten. Everyone agrees that a race will sort out the real Sportacus but when Mayor Meanswell calls for help and a Sportacus runs to assist him, saving him from falling out of a tree, Stephanie realises that only the real Sportacus would have done so. But is she brave enough to tell anyone? Next, it's Soccer Sucker, in which Pixel, showing an unusual inventiveness for one so young, invents a football-playing robot. Unfortunately for Sportacus, Robbie Rotten challenges him to a football match. The loser will, in the nature of Lazytown challenges, have to leave town and never come back. But the robot malfunctions and Pixel, who never plays actual games, must call upon his ball skills to save Sportacus.
Finally, in Records Day, the Lazytown kids prepare themselves to set a new world record. As does Robbie Rotten but the stripey fellow's plans concern themselves with making Lazytown the laziest town in the world. Robbie's plans, however, have a way of not working out as he thinks they will, leaving him helping out the kids in a way he'd never foreseen. All of this is, of course, very typical for Lazytown, with Robbie doing his utmost to rid the town of Sportacus (and Stephanie if he could) before said plan eventually backfires and the good people of Lazytown see beneath the not-very-cunning disguise to uncover the miscreant. It is a wonderfully entertaining show, so much so that pre- and primary-school children will adore its bright colours, bouncy sets and gurning villain. And, of course, as Christmas gift catalogues proved, there's Sportacus for the boys and Stephanie for the girls. There's very little more they could have done to make it any more appealing for children.
This looks much, much better than previous releases with there being a good deal less mosquito noise in the picture and clearer presentation of the colours throughout. Previous releases of Lazytown have shown all of their problems such that they're most evident on the big screen but this one, the fourth from BBC Worldwide, is a better-looking release. Indeed, unlike earlier Lazytown DVD releases, one has to look very closely to spot the faults in the transfer. As for the DD2.0 audio track, it's fine and exhibits no faults but it's largely ordinary. Finally, there are English subtitles.
There is only the one extra on this release, a game called Find Robbie! that really won't challenge anyone but the very young. As a means to pass a few minutes between finishing watching the DVD and turning the television off, it's a fine little game but not a good deal more.
Last updated: 16/06/2018 09:01:27