Judge David Johnson met some Sprites the other day. They hit him over the head with a crowbar and stole his wallet.
There's Magic in the Music!
Johnny (John Tartaglia) is a singer/songwriter who heads to a secluded cabin in the woods to focus on his musical career. He's hoping for a creative infusion, but finds a lot more than he bargained for when runs into the Sprites, a civilization of magical, colorful creatures. No one else can see Basil, Lily, Ginger and Root and that's probably for the best, because judging by how much they harass Johnny, it wouldn't take long before humanity opts to commit genocide against these lovable creatures.
Five 12-minute episodes and short music video at the end:
"Ginger's Antenna Dilemma"
"Where's the Water, Lily?"
"The Sprites and The What?"
Sure, I'll give this disc a hearty recommendation. In an age where annoying kids shows seem to be norm, Johnny and the Sprites is a great little puppet-centric blast of energy with singing, smiling, and CGI pixie dust. And as I wrote that last sentence I realized I made the series sound like one of those annoying kids shows but trust me, this is a fun DVD. The writing is deceptively clever (one of the Sprites uses the word "post-modern") and the acting, particularly from John Tartaglia, is exuberant. Plus you get the usual easy-to-digest life lessons.
The usual technical stats for releases of this ilk: full frame, 2.0 stereo and a handful of extra features—previews, a sing-along and 20 minutes worth of original shorts.
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