Stephanie is a fictional character from the English-language and Icelandic-produced children's television show LazyTown. She inspires the citizens of the titular town to stay active. She has pink hair and as such is often referred to as 'Pinky' by the puppet character Trixie. She came to town to visit her uncle, Milford Meanswell, the mayor of LazyTown. Upon meeting the other children, she unsuccessfully attempted to get them to play along as opposed to staying at home playing video games and eating candy. This changed when Stephanie asked for the help of Sportacus. When Sportacus finally arrived, the whole town worked together to make LazyTown a more active place to live. Each episode of the show ends with Stephanie performing a song and dance routine to "Bing Bang", the show's ending theme, which begins with the lyrics "Bing, bang, diggiriggidong".

In the Icelandic version of LazyTown, the character is called Solla, and her voice was dubbed in Icelandic by Ólöf Kristín Þorsteinsdóttir.[3]

The role of Stephanie was performed by Julianna Rose Mauriello in season 1 and 2. In 2011, Mauriello announced she would be leaving LazyTown, having grown too big to play the role of Stephanie. She was replaced with Chloe Lang for season 3 and 4. She was played by Kimberly Pena in LazyTown Live! The Pirate Adventure, a stage production that toured throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2009.[5]

Description

Stephanie is depicted as being a sunny, bright, smart, caring, optimistic and athletic girl. Surprised by the inactivity of the residents of LazyTown, she cheerfully encourages them to participate in more active, energetic hobbies or pastimes and is downhearted when the temptations of candy or video games overcome her prodding. Despite this, Stephanie is characterized by her unlimited optimism and self-confidence, which she proudly promotes and shares with her peers in encouragement against all odds or challenges, always victoriously triumphing over any obstacles or antagonists by the conclusion of an episode.

Development

Stephanie was originally created by Magnus Scheving for the stage play Áfram Latibær as 'Solla Stirða', a girl with stiff joints who dreamt of becoming a dancer. Solla also appeared in the sequel to the stage play, Glanni Glaepur í Latabae. She was played by Selma Björnsdóttir and Linda Ásgeirsdóttir, respectively.

Magnus Scheving reworked Solla into Stephanie for the LazyTown television show. Shelby Young was originally pegged to play Stephanie, and filmed one unaired pilot before departing due to union issues.

Ultimately, Julianna Rose Mauriello was chosen to play Stephanie, and played her for the first two seasons and LazyTown Extra before departing due to aging out of the role.

Chloe Lang picked up the role of Stephanie for seasons three and four, and as of October 2017 is the most recent actress to play Stephanie.

Appearance

Stephanie tends to wear a pink sleeveless dress with pale pink tights, pink socks, white and pink sneakers and a purple hairband. Her outfit, though, changes from time to time. For example, in "LazyTown Goes Digital" and "Energy Book", she wears pink leggings with her usual dress. She also wears tracksuits and other items of clothing but they are always pink (save for a few items of clothing). Her short hair is dyed pink. All her accessories are also pink. She is often seen carrying a pink purse with a heart on it, in which she carries her pink diary.

Reception

Child development authors Lyn Mikel Brown and Sharon Lamb assert that "Stephanie, the ten-year-old on the fitness and health-focused show Lazy Town... is especially interesting. While she seems almost over-the-top stereotypical, with her pink hair, pink clothes, pink room, pink everything, she also plays sports, thinks on her feet, and loves computer games. She makes pink a power color but is one of the only girls on the show."