For decades, Ólafur (the Icelandic president) has made sure to exercise at least 50 minutes a day. "We usually start the day with a power walk with Sámi. But I think he started eating healthier food after we met, he now eats more vegetables and less wine bread," says First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff in an interview with Fréttatímann (News Time) when she is asked about her husband's physical condit...
US Ambassador Carol van Voorst was a special guest at the studio headquarters of the children’s show, LazyTown, March 2, 2006. The Ambassador met with Americans and Icelanders who work on the show, including Magnús Scheving, the show´s creator, who plays the program´s super-hero, Sportacus, and US actress, Julianna Rose Mauriello, who plays Stephanie, another main character on the show. She has been nominated for LazyTown´s first Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Performer in a Children´s Series.
Kjartan Már Kjartansson, the Regional Manager for LazyTown in Germany, escorted the Ambassador for a behind-the-scenes look at how the program combines live action, puppetry and digital composition. Richard Welnowski, who has won an Emmy Award for his work in high-resolution digital composition, explained how the technical staff can compose and direct the scenes on computers before the live action is taped. Ambassador van Voorst also met with Mark Valenti, the head writer, Dean Koocher, Director for Latin America and Canada, the crew of puppeteers, the wardrobe designers, Máni Svavarsson, the show´s music composer, and set designers.
She praised the cast and crew for their work in helping to educate children around the globe to the benefits of good hygiene, proper diet and exercise.
Fréttablaðið – March 5, 2006
Volume 6 2006, Issue 63, Page 20
An unforgettable moment in LazyTown
As an example of her quest to connect with the cultural and business life in Iceland, Van Voorst paid an introductory visit this week to the studio where the latest LazyTown series is currently being recorded.
“It was one of the funniest moments I’ve ever experienced” says van Voorst about the visit to LazyTown. “It was unforgettable. It was absolutely amazing to experience the atmosphere, this amazing energy and creativity” she says. “But I also learned that it is not enough to produce excellent entertainment for children, LazyTown is an extremely well thought out project. I have heard from reliable sources that in American families it is increasingly common for children to ask for apples and other fruits instead of candy.”
But the fact that LazyTown produces premium television programs for children around the world wasn’t the only thing that caught the ambassador’s attention. “The visit showed me that Icelanders are at the forefront of the world in using the latest technology,” says van Voorst. It would have been very interesting to see how the latest technology is used to weave the performance of real actors, puppets and cartoons into one cohesive whole. She predicts continued success for LazyTown.