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
At one point in the movie, Miss Finster yells out "HEY, Teacher! Leave them kids alone!". That is a line from, and a direct reference to, the 1979 hit "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2" by Pink Floyd and later done by KoRn. See more »
At the laboratory where the tractor beam is located, before being stolen; we see 2 men at work trying to get the photon channeler to work so that their colonel can show it to the top brass next month. One of the men brings 2 cups of coffee into the lab, one for himself and one for his coworker. He places the coffee for his coworker down on the control panel off to his right side. When the no recess moment organization start blasting their way into the lab, the coffee cup has now moved over to the coworker's left side, without anything sign or indication that he had picked up the cup, taken a sip and then set it down again. See more »
[Flashback to 1968]
Be cool, people. Be cool.
We'll be cool when you give our kids their recess back!
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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Lawson's name is listed in the credits, but he never speaks in the movie. See more »
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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