I'm trying to build out an admin interface for a module I'm building in Magento. I cannot for the life of me get this bloatware to load a god damn template. The Magento forums have no support or participation whatsoever that I can see, so I'm turning here to see if anyone has dealt with this thing. And for the record, I think I've found a PHP application dumber than smarty. About the only way to make it more stupid is to install the smarty template engine to it.

Code xml:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config>
    <modules>
        <TrollandToad_Marquee>
            <version>0.1.0</version>
        </TrollandToad_Marquee>
    </modules>
    <frontend>
    	<routers>
    		<marquee>
    			<use>standard</use>
    			<args>
    				<module>TrollandToad_Marquee</module>
    				<frontName>marquee</frontName>
    			</args>
    		</marquee>
    	</routers>
    </frontend>
    <global>
        <models>
            <marquee>
                <class>TrollandToad_Marquee_Model</class>
                <resourceModel>marquee_mysql4</resourceModel>
            </marquee>
            <marquee_mysql4>
                <class>TrollandToad_Marquee_Model_Mysql4</class>
                <entities>
                    <image>
                        <table>tnt_marquee_image</table>
                    </image>
                    <area>
                    	<table>tnt_marquee_area</table>
                    </area>
                    <imageareas>
                    	<table>tnt_marquee_imageToArea</table>
                    </imageareas>
                    <imagecategory>
                    	<table>tnt_marquee_imageToCategory</table>
                    </imagecategory>
                    <areacategory>
                    	<table>tnt_marquee_areaToCategory</table>
                    </areacategory>
                </entities>
            </marquee_mysql4>
        </models>
        <resources>
            <marquee_setup>
                <setup>
                    <module>TrollandToad_Marquee</module>
                    <class>TrollandToad_Marquee_Model_Resource_Mysql4_Setup</class>
                </setup>
                <connection>
                    <use>core_setup</use>
                </connection>
            </marquee_setup>
            <marquee_write>
                <connection>
                    <use>core_write</use>
                </connection>
            </marquee_write>
            <marquee_read>
                <connection>
                    <use>core_read</use>
                </connection>
            </marquee_read>
        </resources>
        <helpers>
            <marquee>
                <class>TrollandToad_Marquee_Helper</class>
            </marquee>
        </helpers>
    </global>
 
    <admin>
        <routers>
            <marquee>
                <use>admin</use>
                <args>
                    <module>TrollandToad_Marquee</module>
                    <frontName>marquee</frontName>
                </args>
            </marquee>
        </routers>
    </admin>
 
    <adminhtml>
        <menu>
            <catalog>
                <children>
                <Marquee_menu module="marquee">
                    <title>Manage Marquee Images</title> 
                    <sort_order>1</sort_order>
                    <children>
                        <first_page module="marquee">
                            <title>Edit Areas</title> 
                            <action>marquee/areas/index</action>
                        </first_page>
                        <second_page module="marquee">
                            <title>Edit Images</title> 
                            <action>categoryslider/images/index</action>
                        </second_page>
                    </children>
                </Marquee_menu>
                </children>
            </catalog>
        </menu>
        <layout>
        	<updates>
        		<marquee>
        			<file>marquee.xml</file>
        		</marquee>
        	</updates>
        </layout> 
    </adminhtml>
</config>

For anyone considering Magento - stay as far the Hell away from this disaster of a code base as you can.