Recess: School's Out (2001)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Comedy  |  16 February 2001 (USA)
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TJ and company must save summer vacation from disappearing forever.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince LaSalle (voice)
Mikey Blumberg (voice)
T.J. Detweiler (voice) (as Andy Lawrence)
Gus Griswald (voice)
Ashley Spinelli (voice) (as Pamela Segall)
Mikey Blumberg (singing voice)
Fenwick (voice)
Miss Muriel P. Finster / Mrs. Detweiller (voice)
Guard #2 (voice)
Miss Grotkey (voice)
Francesca Smith ...
Ashley B / Upside-Down Girl / Swinger Girl (voice) (as Francesca Marie Smith)


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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Release Date:

16 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recess: The Movie - School's Out  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,455,016 (USA) (16 February 2001)


£935,271 (UK) (17 August 2001)

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Did You Know?


HIDDEN MICKEY: When the kids, hiding in the heating duct, witness the tractor beam being tested, the first shot of the moon being hit shows a cluster of craters on the upper right side, shaped like Mickey Mouse's head. See more »


When T.J and his friends prepare to break into the school, to save Prickley, they gather up their bikes and other items they needed. At one point T.J zips up his jacket, when he asks them if they have everything his jacket is still zipped up, but seconds later when they all leave T.J's garden his jacket is open again. See more »


Benedict: [Flashback to 1968] Be cool, people. Be cool.
Female Protester: We'll be cool when you give our kids their recess back!
Benedict: Hey, baby, I can do what I want! I'm the Principal of the school! And there's nothing anybody can do about it! Dig?
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Monkees (1966) See more »


Theme From S.W.A.T.
Written by Barry De Vorzon
Arranged by Harvey Cohen
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User Reviews

something for everyone (outstanding)
31 December 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

if you want a movie that both kids and adults will enjoy,this is the movie for's a cartoon based on the Recess TV has jokes and references both kids and adults will understand,and some that only kids will get,others only adults will get.but the main thing is,it's immensely's very funny at times,with some slapstick and some funny also has interesting the story is's easy enough for kids to follow,and not so simple that adults will be also (without hitting anyone over the head)shows the value of working together to solve a's definitely family friendly with nothing that should be considered offensive,but it does have a bit of rude humour.for me,just out of sheer entertainment value,i give Recess:School's Out a 10/10

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