Johnny and the Sprites
is a Playhouse Disney program featuring John Tartaglia as Johnny, a young musician who's moved to the Grotto Grove woods to work on his music, and a host of magical (puppet) Sprites that only Johnny can see. As Johnny composes catchy songs with elements of everything from Broadway show tunes to jazz, the Sprites serve as his friends, companions, and, at times, his inspiration. Through their interactions with one another, Johnny and the Sprites learn about things like accepting oneself and others, problem solving, creativity, sharing, taking turns, and the importance of keeping promises and believing in oneself. A comparison between Johnny and the Sprites
and Blue's Clues
is inevitable, and the two shows are very similar in their use of music and cute creatures to appeal to and educate preschool-age children. What differs between the two shows is that in Johnny and the Sprites
, John Tartaglia is a more polished singer than Blue's Clues'
Steve Burns (Steve) or Donovan Patton (Joe), entire songs are performed rather than short melodic phrases, the music is a more integral part of the program, and the educational emphasis is on a broad range of social skills and virtues rather than specific skills like math and reading. The five episodes included in this compilation include "Ginger's Antenna Dilemma," in which Ginger's self-image suffers as a result of her curly antennae; "Root's Dadoots" which finds Root with a bad case of the dadoots (hiccups) that he just can't seem to get rid of; "Where's the Water, Lily?" in which Johnny inadvertently stops the water from flowing in Grotto Grove; "Basil's Band" where Basil's fascination with playing in a band causes him to forget his promises to his friends; and "The Sprites and the What?" in which Johnny and the Sprites learn to use their sense of creativity to make the best of a less-than-perfect situation. Also included is the "Heads Up" music video; five shorts about concepts like patience, celebrating one's strengths, sharing, taking turns, and the power of laughter; and a sing-along option which provides on-screen lyrics during the episodes. --Tami Horiuchi
Keep your eyes and ears open when you visit the enchanted woods of Grotto s Grove, cause you might just Meet The Sprites! Invisible to everyone except Johnny and now, YOU! the wondrous Sprites are on Disney DVD for the first time ever, so you can enjoy their magical, musical adventures whenever you wish. Join Johnny and his newfound pals, Basil, Lily, Ginger and little Root, as they laugh, play and learn important lessons that celebrate friendship, problem-solving and accepting others all accompanied by music so amazing, it s pure magic! Overflowing with lovable characters and unforgettable songs, Johnny And The Sprites keep fantastic fun in full bloom.