The new school year starts off terrible for Kim. In her ordinary life her best friend is moving away, and in her heroic crime-fighting life, three of the most notorious villains in her world plan to use time travel as a weapon against her.
Christy Carlson Romano,
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
The 1960's models of Phillium Benedict and Petey Prickly are based on famous icons of the 60's. Petey Prickley is based on George Harrison, and can be recognized from the animated film "Yellow Submarine". Phillium Benedict is based on the character "Captain America" (Peter Fonda's character) in the movie "Easy Rider". See more »
After Prickley gets dematerialized outside the school's main entrance only his shoes remain on the ground, T.J runs home to get Beckey to help him round up his friends and leaves the steaming shoes on the ground. But when T.J arrives at the baseball camp to collect Vince, he appears to have the shoes and shows them to Vince to reveille that he is telling the truth. See more »
Hey, remember that summer after the second grade when we went down to the pond every day to catch minnows?
Or how about that summer we all carved our initials in that big tree in the Wilson's backyard?
And Spinelli spelled her's wrong.
Hey, I was seven. And "S's" are tricky.
[Gus begins sobbing]
What's your problem? This is the first summer you've lived here.
I know, and I'll never have any of those memories.
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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 »
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 See more »
I vaguely remember seeing Recess: School's Out in theaters when I was a little kid. I remember watching the television show and enjoying it. Many years later, I get a chance to watch the movie from my adult eyes. On the whole, the film is not a bad movie. I liked the story and the characters of the film. The story is simple, but nostalgic and the characters simply have life to them. Not all is perfect, though. The animation is quite shoddy and some of the dialog is not entirely effective.
This film is about a bunch of kids who are out on summer vacation. T.J Detwiler is bored, because all his friends are at summer camps. Detwiler happens across a scheme where an old principal is trying to get rid of summer vacation forever. So T.J must grab his friends and some unlikely allies to stop this man from ruining these kid's lives.
The voice cast of the film is not too bad. I am not too familiar with the actors who played the main characters, but they did a good job. James Woods did voice the villain of the show and his villainous character is actually quite scary.
Overall, Recess: School's Out is a pleasant diversion for families and especially the young ones. It's based off the hit TV show and I feel they did the show some justice. It's nowhere near the best of animated movies and it does have some faults, but there is no denying the charm of the film. Fourteen years after I saw this film in theaters, I still enjoyed it.
My Grade: B-
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