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Johnny and the Sprites

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Singing, dancing, and great messages for kids.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Amid the upbeat songs, kids learn important lessons about social skills like sharing and friendship.

Positive Messages

Characters' actions teach lessons in manners, friendship, positive self-image, and respect for differences. Song-and-dance numbers encourage preschoolers' interaction.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters work well together and respect each others and themselves. One human character is African-American, and one Sprite speaks both English and Spanish.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this colorful, high-energy series will engage preschoolers through song, dance, and entertaining storylines that kids can relate to. In each episode, kids learn important lessons about respecting others and themselves, sharing, showing kindness, and being a good friend. The host -- a talented Broadway alum -- brings a surprisingly mature (but still kid-friendly) feel to the series, making this one that parents can enjoy alongside their little ones.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNativeIsis April 9, 2008

A great New Edition to the educational line up!

We have been waiting for this show to be expanded for a year & now my 4 year old requests for us to tape it when we aren't going to be home to watc... Continue reading
Adult Written bydavidsmommy April 9, 2008

My little boy loves this show!!!

My son is only 10 months old, and he loves this show. Obviously he probably isn't learning much other than the songs, but he laughs at the sprites, and he... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana January 14, 2011

good show

i loved this as a little kid.even now i will sometimes randomly walk through the house and sing "its johnny and the sprites".
Kid, 11 years old December 22, 2010
I LOVED this show when I was a toddler along with Zoboomafoo, Peep, The Save-Um's, Paz The Penguin, and Blue's Clues, :). There is no violence, just c... Continue reading

What's the story?

In Disney's engaging preschool series JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES, a young man named Johnny T ( John Tartaglia) moves into a house in the woods for peace and quiet -- and a little musical inspiration. But his new neighbors -- magical creatures named Sprites whom only he (and the viewers, of course) can see -- have other plans for him. Whether it's singing, painting, or playing a game of "clover ball" in the yard, the Sprites are always happy to keep Johnny occupied, and he certainly never minds spending time with Ginger (Leslie Carrara), Basil (Tim Lagasse), Lily (Carmen Osbahr), and Root (Heather Asch).

Is it any good?

Johnny's great at helping his new woodsy friends solve their problems, often using his musical talents to teach lessons in patience, manners, friendship, and self-esteem. And sometimes the tables turn, letting the Sprites teach Johnny a thing or two. In one episode, for example, Ginger worries that her antennae are too curly, making her look weird. Despite her friends' assurances that she looks fine, she decides to cover them up to avoid feeling self-conscious. But when she starts bumping into things, Johnny reminds her that the antennae help her navigate her surroundings and sings about all the other unique qualities that make her the wonderful Sprite that she is.

Multi-talented star/executive producer Tartaglia brings an impressive resume -- including work as a Sesame Street puppeteer and a Tony-nominated leading role in the Broadway show Avenue Q -- to this very enjoyable series. His natural exuberance and obvious love of music will ignite preschoolers' own excitement for the show. The bonus for parents is that Tartaglia's talent means that the show relies more on strong acting, good writing, and fun musical numbers (many of which are written by Broadway composers) than on general goofiness to capture audiences. If your preschoolers' TV tastes sometimes differ from yours, Johnny and the Sprites may be just what you need for joint viewing pleasure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the many lessons the characters learn in each episode. Which character was having trouble? What was the problem he or she faced? How did the character's friends help? What did they all learn about themselves?

  • Kids: Have you ever had a problem like one of the ones on the show? When? How did you solve it? Who helped you? How do you help when your own friends are feeling sad?

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