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Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade (2003)

G  |  Video  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  9 December 2003 (USA)
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Wow ... fifth grade! But what good is practically brining a grown-up when the teacher's a big sourpuss?

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Wow ... fifth grade! But what good is practically brining a grown-up when the teacher's a big sourpuss?

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Gus: I heard a great joke.
[clears throat]
Gus: Why did the fourth grader cross the road?
Ashley Q: Beats me, Gus. Why?
Gus: Because he started sucking his thumb and lost control of his tricycle!
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Follows Recess: All Growed Down (2003) See more »

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Not bad at all, if a little tired
25 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just for the record, I love Recess. It is fun and entertaining with great characters and writing as well as one of the catchiest theme tunes of any animated series. Taking the Fifth Grade is decent, but it is lacking something compared to the overall standard of the show. I did feel as though All Growed Down and School's Out captured the show's spirit better as well. I'll start with the good things as there are enough. I did think the voice acting was good, TJ's voice is naturally different and lacks spunk but everybody else is voiced very well, Prickley and Miss Finster are especially well voiced. The music manages to be both catchy and dynamic, good characteristics for music. The writing is on the most part fun and engaging, maybe a little preachy for my tastes in the first story but the second story especially has some great moments. The characters largely are true to those of the show, Miss Finster being a class teacher is odd, but that didn't bother me too hugely. TJ lacks his characteristic spunk at times but like in the show he does have a sense of fun and his heart in the right place. The rest of the gang I can't think much of a problem with. On the other hand, the animation is rather basic, the colours lack real vibrancy and the character designs do look very sketchy at times. Taking the Fifth Grade's story is three stories into one, and I have to agree that the second story is the only one that properly captures the show's spirit. The first one means well but over-patronises for me towards the end and the third, while having some funny moments like seeing Miss Finster as a fairy princess and Randall as a fairy prince, is rather forgettable and somewhat predictable too. I also really dislike the character of King Freddy, I do find him annoying and rather incompetent as a king of the playground, mainly because King Bob(who you do see briefly) has better rules and more of a command over the rest of the kids whereas Freddy comes across at times as a whiny brat. All in all, a little tired but not bad. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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