June 16, 2018
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, was discovered back in the early 20th century, but much of its potential lay unrecognised until rediscovered by Anna and Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin in the 1970s, shortly before exploding into the nightclub scene in the 1980s under the name ecstasy.
This is relevant, as many watching the show Lazytown will see it as a clear sign of multi-generational drug use, what happens if psychedelic freaks have children who grow up to be psychedelic freaks who have children who grow up to be psychedelic freaks who have children who grow up and work in television, their poor, addled minds still capable, savant-like, of producing compelling programming for children, or, in today’s use case, the adult learner of Slovenian with a hunger for Slovene audio coupled with Slovene subtitles.
But this view of the show’s production history would perhaps be a mistake, as the Wikipedia page makes no mention of psychedelic misadventures, but instead makes a good case for this Icelandic export, now dubbed into more than 30 languages, being a purely educational show. It’s about a young girl who moves to Lazytown and finds its inhabitants to be following unhealthy lifestyles, with poor diets, a lack of physical activity and possessive, selfish attitudes, all habits that she sets about to change, often with the magic of song.
It's an intense experience, and somewhat overwhelming, but for our purposes a valid one, as many of the songs can be found on YouTube, dubbed into Slovene and with Slovene subtitles, with a few examples presented on this page, and a full, 23-song playlist here and embedded below for education, edificaton and enlightenment.