Johnny and the Sprites

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (366)

  • Johnny: (performing "Make Someone Laugh") You can even invade a friend's personal space / When you wanna make someone laugh.

  • Johnny: Brilliant. I am a genius. This is the best birdhouse ever! (It falls apart.) This is the worst birdhouse ever. I'm good at lunch. I'll go have lunch.

  • Johnny: (singing) Now I know that you can dance. Backup Singers: Dance! Johnny: Speak in French like you're from France. Basil: Omelette de fromage. Johnny: Read a book and plant a flower garden too!

  • Johnny: (singing "There's Nobody Quite Like You") So, tell me now how do you feel about your outward appeal? Ginger: My antennae may be curly but they make me look girly! Lily: Curly and loving it, that's the stuff Johnny: You're a heck of a Sprite, can't say it enough!

  • Johnny: You know what? To use a Sprite word, your antennae are spofulous. Ginger: Hey, my antennae are spofulous!

  • Ginger: (singing "Nobody Quite Like You") Don't tell me I'm unique, that's absurd. Johnny: But you're one-of-a-kind, I give you my word. There's nobody quite like you.

  • Ginger: (regarding her antennae) I have an idea. I'll hide them. That way, nobody will know they are on my head.

  • Sage: Ginger, you know, my good friend Fennel had curly antennae too. He used them to catch wheatleberries and he was magnificent and so are you.

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Notes (32)

  • Louise Gikow wrote the teleplay for the first story and Peggy Sarlin wrote the teleplay for the second. Both stories were directed by Richard A. Fernandes.

  • In this and future episodes, Natalie Venetia Belcon receives a "Featuring as" credit for her role on the program as Gwen. Tartaglia receives a "Starring as" credit, while all other cast members are featured under "Also starring."

  • Root, the Earth Sprite, puts in a brief appearance in this episode. He is seen talking to Sage in "Ginger's Antenna Dilemma." However, Root is not seen in any major capacity until the first story of the full series' second episode, "Root's Dadoots."

  • Premiere of the full-series version of Johnny and the Sprites, following on the popular series of five 5-minute short segments that premiered in 2005. Full series now takes place in an expanded set, featuring several new characters --- Lily the water Sprite, Root the earth Sprite, the wise Sprite known as the Sage, and Johnny's friend Gwen, an African-American woman who in this episode brings Johnny a package, though she has many other jobs as well. Miss Moldystew, Johnny's cranky neighbor in the original short segments, is no longer present. Story title, teleplay and director credits are now shown at the beginning of each story. The closing credits state that the program is "Based on a series of short films written by John Tartaglia & Jill R. Gluckson & Louise Gikow & Michael Schupbach & Daryl Watson."

  • Following the premiere of this series, Playhouse Disney aired one of its first-ever promo spots for the new CGI-animated series My Friends Tigger and Pooh. This return to the Hundred Acre Wood features familiar friends, but also two new characters --- a little girl named Darby and her dog Buster.

  • "Root's Dadoots" features the first appearance of Root, the earth Sprite, in any major capacity. Root had been seen the premiere episode of the program, but only briefly.

  • Billy Aronson wrote the teleplay for the first story and Richard A. Fernandes was the director. Chris Nee wrote the teleplay for the second story and Hugh Martin was the director.

  • Rick Gitelson wrote the teleplay for the first story and Richard A. Fernandes served as the director. Billy Aronson wrote the teleplay for the second story and it was directed by Hugh Martin.

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Trivia (27)

  • This episode features a total of four songs. "I Just Can't Get Enough" was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the song-writing duo known as Pasek and Paul. Both "Muddle in the Puddle" and "Nobody Quite Like You" were written by Mark Hollman. Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz served as the writers for the song "Heads Up."

  • This episode features two original songs not previously heard. "What a Surprise" was written by Gary Adler. "Nospotalotacus" was written by Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz.

  • Leslie Carrera-Rudolph's arm can briefly be seen under Ginger in the scene in "Spritesgiving!" where she talks to Johnny about the chores they have to do for Spritegiving.

  • This episode featured two original songs --- "It All Adds Up to My Sister" and "A Fungus Among Us." The first song was written and composed by Gary Adler. The second was written and composed by Michael Patrick Walker.

  • This episode features two original songs --- "How it Works" and "All You Have to Do is Ask." Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz wrote and composed the first song, while Billy and Bobby Lopez handled the job on the second.

  • This episode features two original songs --- "Stop and Listen" and "Aloha." Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman wrote and composed the first song, while Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler handled the second.

  • This episode features two original songs --- "Git Along Little Sprites" and "Through the Portal." The first was written and composed by Michael Patrick Walker and the second by David Kirshenbaum.

  • This episode features two original songs --- "Feelin' Grovey" and "Seymour the Sleuth." The first was written and composed by Michael Patrick Walker and the second by Laurence O'Keefe.

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Allusions (3)

  • Lily: I am so excited. It's Johnny's birthday and here is -- oh! -- Johnny! Lily riffs off the introduction traditionally used for Johnny Carson, the former host of NBC's The Tonight Show, and the host with which the program is most associated.

  • Yolanda: Excuse me. I'm Yolanda Ivanna. And I do what I wanna. The naming of this character may be a play on the name of Ivana Trump, who was at one time married to famous business-man Donald Trump.

  • Lily: Bojingles, Bojangles, go up the stairs, left foot, right foot, dancing pair. As Lily casts a magic spell on Johnny's dancing shoes to aid his dancing, she uses the word "Bojangles." This was the nickname of Bill Robinson, a dancer born in the 1800s, as well as the only known name of a legendary dancer whose feats were immortalized in song titled "Mr. Bojangles."