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
Burt Reynolds was originally cast as Benedict but was replaced with James Woods as the producers thought Reynolds' performance was too over-the-top and sinister. 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 »
[on walkie talkie]
I don't have time to explain, but I think we figured out what Benedict is up to. He's trying... to get rid of summer vacation!
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At the start of the credits there is 1960's style song being played by the characters. 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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