Johnny and the Sprites (television) Half-hour series on Disney Channel, debuting on January 13, 2007. Johnny, a singer/songwriter, moves out to the country after inheriting a family home. He soon discovers a portal in his backyard leading to the enchanted world of the Sprites: Ginger, Basil, Lily, Root, and Sage. Together, Johnny and the Sprites share valuable lessons about getting along with others and respecting the world around them. Stars John Tartaglia (Johnny/Sage), Heather Asch (Root), Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Ginger), Tim Lagasse (Basil), Carmen Osbahr (Lily) Natalie Venetia Belcon (Gwen). A Happy Puppet/Homegirl Production in association with Disney Channel. The show used unique hand and rod puppets.