Johnny and the Sprites
Johnny and the Sprites is an American musical television show aimed for preschoolers that aired every weekend on the "Playhouse Disney" block on Disney Channel. The show was created by, produced by, and starred John Tartaglia (most famous for his work on Avenue Q). The series premiered on October 9, 2005 with five 5-minute-long shorts, which continually played on Disney Channel's programming. However, due to extremely positive audience reaction, the show was renewed for half-hour shows in 2007.
Johnny and the Sprites premiered as a full 25-minute series on January 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The series features more elaborate sets, such as a reflecting pond and the Sprites' home in Grotto's Grove. Three new Sprites were added: Lily, a water Sprite played by Carmen Osbahr; Root, "a budding earth Sprite" played by Heather Asch; and Sage, the wisest of the Sprites, also played by Tartaglia. Natalie Venetia Belcon (who, along with fellow cast member John Tartaglia also had a role in (Avenue Q) plays Gwen, a recurring character who, as a running gag, holds a different occupation in each episode. She always explains that, "You never know what you can do, until you try something new." Johnny's sister Tina (Sutton Foster) has also appeared. Each show consists of two 10-minute mini-episodes. Each episode also features the song "Heads Up!" by Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz, performed by Johnny, Lily, Root, Ginger, and Basil in between the two 10-minute episodes.
Why It Rocks
- Lovable characters, such as Basil in green, Ginger in pink, Lily in blue, and Root in yellow.
- The backgrounds are amazing.
- Wonderful stories.
- The puppets look very good.
- Outstanding songs.
- Each episode is based on a theme that is relatable to younger kids, like "Head's Up!" and more.
The Only Bad Quality
- The series went downhill before the DVDs are released in March 2008.