Johnny and the Sprites

Turbo-Car Johnny / Ginger's Antenna Dilemma

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 1/13/07
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  • Episode Description
  • "Turbo-Car Johnny"After winning his first-ever cloverball game, Johnny receives a package from Gwen containing a new video game called Turbo-Car Racer, which he declares to the best video game ever. He tries to explain the concept to the Sprites, but they don't understand what's fun about sitting around controlling something on a TV screen. As Johnny becomes more and more involved in the game, the Sprites try various ways to get his attention and get him back outside. When they ask Sage for advice, he tells them that humans have a short attention-span and Johnny will eventually come to his senses. Johnny ends up dozing off and gets a wake-up call in the form of a disturbing dream."Ginger's Antenna Dilemma"When Lily paints portraits of the Sprites, Ginger discovers that her antenna are much curlier than she thought and she thinks that they look weird. Though nobody else dislikes her antenna, Ginger is convinced that her antenna make her look stupid and girly. She tries everything from hiding herself to hiding her antenna. Her friends do her best to help her to see that her antenna help to make her special.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Carmen Osbahr

    Lily (Full Series Only)

  • Heather Asch

    Root (Full Series Only)

  • Jennifer Barnhart

    Featured Puppeteer

  • John Tartaglia

    Johnny, Miss Moldystew (Short Segments Only), Sage (Full Series Only)

  • Lara MacLean

    Additional Puppeteer

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • 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 (5)

    • 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.

    Trivia (1)

    • 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."

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