This is what Judge David Johnson will tell his children before they go to bed: "If you don't eat your vegetables, Sportacus will come down and take you to his blimp and you'll never be seen again."
We're back for another round of pastel Icelandic healthy living puppetry as Stephanie, Sportacus and Robbie Rotten square off to teach young viewers about the glory of eating roughage. For those unfamiliar with this crazy live action series from Nick Jr., here's the scoop: Lazytown is populated by puppets and one human girl named Stephanie. They have to constantly fight against their impulses to indulge in eating junk food and, well, laziness. To help them get fit and disciplined is Lazytown's resident superhero, Sportacus (creator Magnus Scheving), an eccentric bachelor who lives in a jet-powered blimp and flips, twirls, and tummy-tucks to the rescue whenever he's needed. His adversary? Robbie Rotten, a lunatic with plastic hair who wants to see the Lazytown residents get fat and stupid.
Sports Candy Festival packages four episodes:
• "Sports Candy Festival"
• "Happy Brush Day"
• "Play Day"
I dig this show. It's a surreal blast of energy and color and everyone, no matter how nightmarish and weird they may be, is likeable. The puppets and spontaneous breaking into song adds a nice twist to the kids show formula. Bonus points are awarded for the sound moralizing about healthy eating and exercising. These four episodes are characteristic of the show: fast-moving, light-hearted, malice-free and cerebrum-torchingly nutso. In other words—recommended!
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