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Recess: School's Out (2001)

TJ and company must save summer vacation from disappearing forever.

Director:

Chuck Sheetz

Writers:

Paul Germain (television series Recess), Joe Ansolabehere (television series Recess) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rickey D'Shon Collins Rickey D'Shon Collins ... Vince (voice)
Jason Davis ... Mikey (voice)
Ashley Johnson ... Gretchen (voice)
Andrew Lawrence ... Tj (voice) (as Andy Lawrence)
Courtland Mead ... Gus (voice)
Pamela Adlon ... Spinelli (voice) (as Pamela Segall Adlon)
Dabney Coleman ... Principal Prickly (voice)
Robert Goulet ... Mikey's Singing Voice (voice)
Melissa Joan Hart ... Becky (voice)
Peter MacNicol ... Fenwick (voice)
April Winchell ... Ms. Finster / Mrs. Detweiller (voice)
James Woods ... Benedict (voice)
Diedrich Bader ... Guard #2 (voice)
Allyce Beasley ... Miss Grotke (voice)
Gregg Berger ... Tech #1 (voice)
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Storyline

It's the most exciting time of year at Third Street Elementary-- the end of the School Year! But boredom quickly sets in for protagonist TJ Detweiler, as his friends (the other 5 protagonist children) are headed for Summer Camp. One day, while passing by the school on his bike, he notices a green glow coming from the school's auditorium. This is the work of the insidious ex-principal of Third Street, Phillium Benedict and his gang of ninjas and secret service look-alikes! Benedict is planning to get rid of Summer Vacation using his newly-acquired Tractor Beam, which he stole from the US Military Base in an effort to raise US Test Scores, and it's up to the Recess Gang to stop him! In the end, TJ and the gang, with the help from the other students, Principal Prickly, Ms. Finster and the other teachers, destroy the laser, Benedict and his henchmen are arrested, and the kids (TJ's buddies) decide to spend their Summer with TJ. Written by FREAKAZOID!

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Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney | Disney

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recess: The Movie - School's Out See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,455,016, 18 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,696,761, 12 August 2001
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Philliam Benedict" is a play on William Bennett, who was Secretary of Education during the Reagan administration. See more »

Goofs

Spinelli is being hoist out of the back of the ice cream truck with a crate full of ice cream for the kids on the playground. As she is being pulled up she has bitten into an ice cream bar for herself. From the looks of it, she had just bitten into it. By the time she has reached the roof of the school her ice cream bar is eaten and gone that all that's left is the Popsicle stick. See more »

Quotes

Benedict: All those years, I still thought about you. How you embarrassed me! How you humiliated me! How you destroyed my relationship with Muriel Finster, the only woman I ever loved!
TJ: That part still grosses me out, sir.
Principal Prickly: Shh.
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Crazy Credits

Lawson's name is listed in the credits, but he never speaks in the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in On Cinema Film Guide (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Incense And Peppermints
Written by John Carter and Tim Gilbert
Performed by The Strawberry Alarm Clock (as Strawberry Alarm Clock)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
If you like Recess on TV you'll LOVE the movie.
11 March 2001 | by jjs402See all my reviews

Recess the TV show is about kids having fun, and teachers being teachers (good and bad). There's good character development and personality variation on the small screen and it carries well to the big screen.

The movie puts the kids in the role of spies who need to break INTO school to save their lifestyle. Along the way, there are great 60's flashback scenes and songs, lots of funny spy movie cliches including the mob-scene climax.

The characters are caricatures but it IS a cartoon after all. There's good voice casting (including James Wood, Melissa Joan Hart and a great sounding Robert Goulet). The plot is complicated (and just a little goofy), but my 8 and 10 year old had no trouble following the action.

There are good messages about friendship, respect, integrity, duty, but these aren't done in a preachy way.

The animation quality is variable. There are some great 3d zoom-sweeps, but for part of the movie the characters look like they've been singed. However, the few animation flaws are only an issue for nitpickers (like me).

See it with someone who knows that characters and likes them. It'll be a good rental or a nice afternoon in the theater.


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