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?


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


When T.J contacts all the camps to cover up for his friends, Students are seen covering up for Gus, Vince, Spinelli and Mikey. But strangely no one is seen covering up for Gretchen. See more »


[Principal Prickly and "TJ" are dressed as guards]
Principal Prickly: You sure this gonna work, Detweiller?
TJ: Come on, Mr. Prickly. Don't you watch old spy movies? This trick is pure gold. (To guard) Uh, Mr. Benedict wanted to see us about a very important matter.
Guard: Hey, you two aren't guards!
TJ: Ruuuun!
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Crazy Credits

When the Walt Disney pictures logo forms, T.J., Spinelli, Mikey, Gretchen, Gus, and Vince appear on the logo and blow their kazoos to the tune of the Walt Disney Pictures logo music. See more »


Spoofs Heathers (1988) See more »


Let The Sunshine In
Written by Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni
Performed by The The 5th Dimension (as 5th Dimension)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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2 November 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NYC) – See all my reviews

Theodore Detweiler Jr. Vincent Lasalle. Michael Blumberg. Gustav Patton Griswald. Gretchen Grundler. Ashley Funicello Spinelli. Peter Prickly. Seven heroes out to save Summer Vacation from a madman who really whomps! Recess. School's Out. If you like the cartoon series, you'll love the film. Funny, inventive, and dare I say it for Ashley fans, SCANDALOUS! Featuring the voices of Andrew Lawrence, Rickey Collins, Pam Seagal, Dabney Coleman and James Woods as his greatest Disney villain since Hercules kicked his Hades' fanny, Recess; School's Out immortalized the children of Third Street School to icons of movie magic. Robert Goulet gives a perfect performance as Mikey's singing voice. His "Green Tambourine" video was just awesome! Do yourselves a favor, Recess fans, get off your fat, saggin' butts and WATCH THIS FILM! It's Tenderrrrrrr!

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