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Robbie Rotten Rox!
on March 3, 2006
The best of the three Lazytown DVDs released to date, this one showcases loveable villain Robbie Rotten (Stefán Karl Stefánsson, an Icelandic film and stage actor), and has some of the best songs of the series so far. Stefánsson is a master of making faces, and would easily outmug Jim Carrey in a "face off."
Episode one: Sportacus is once again chosen to win the Person of the Year Award, much to Robbie's disgust. To prevent this, Robbie brings out the heavy artillery, including some of his best inventions and a cow costume. There is a sub-plot of a variation of the "boy who cried wolf", when Ziggy's fibs backfire on him.
Great song: Master of Disguise
Episode two: It's time to play Pirates as Rottenbeard appears just in time to lead the children on a treasure hunt for the missing piece of the Lazytown Stone with the "secret to living". (Robbie looks amazingly cute in his pirate costume.) Listen for the "singing" balloon swords during the fierce duel.
Best song of the series: You Are a Pirate
Episode three: The Mayor calls on Sportacus to encourage the children to play outside, and declares "Sportacular Spectacle Day" where Sportacus traditionally does an awesome stunt. (My husband points out that this can't be right, because Stephanie isn't aware of the tradition, and she is the one who invites Sportacus to Lazytown in the very first Lazytown episode) Anyway, Robbie pulls the old shoe switcheroo trick, and tries to make himself the new hero of Lazytown.
Good song: There is Always a Way
Episode four: Stephanie's scouting ideas get tossed aside by the new scoutmaster, who almost leads the others to disaster when an ill wind begins to blow. Stephanie and Sportacus come to their rescue and unmask the blowhard.
Cool song: Get Lazy
Recommended for any Lazytown fan, especially if you're into villains.
Amanda Richards, March 4, 2006