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Recess: School's Out (2001)

TJ and company must save summer vacation from disappearing forever.

Director:

Chuck Sheetz

Writers:

Paul Germain (television series Recess), Joe Ansolabehere (television series Recess) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rickey D'Shon Collins Rickey D'Shon Collins ... Vince (voice)
Jason Davis ... Mikey (voice)
Ashley Johnson ... Gretchen (voice)
Andrew Lawrence ... Tj (voice) (as Andy Lawrence)
Courtland Mead ... Gus (voice)
Pamela Adlon ... Spinelli (voice) (as Pamela Segall Adlon)
Dabney Coleman ... Principal Prickly (voice)
Robert Goulet ... Mikey's Singing Voice (voice)
Melissa Joan Hart ... Becky (voice)
Peter MacNicol ... Fenwick (voice)
April Winchell ... Ms. Finster / Mrs. Detweiller (voice)
James Woods ... Benedict (voice)
Diedrich Bader ... Guard #2 (voice)
Allyce Beasley ... Miss Grotke (voice)
Gregg Berger ... Tech #1 (voice)
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Storyline

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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It's not just another day in the park. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Production on the film began in 1998 and ended in 2000. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

TJ: How do you know that jerk?
Principal Prickly: How do I know him? We attended teacher training together.
TJ: You mean?
Principal Prickly: That's right, Detweiler, that man is a rogue teacher.
[flashback]
Principal Prickly: It was the spring of '68, it was different times back then, all of us young, idealistic, ready to change the world.
Mrs. Finster: Peace Peter!
Principal Prickly: Hey Murial, had a groovy time at the Dead festival last night.
Mrs. Finster: You gonna be at the teach in, Saturday? We're gonna paint my Volkswagen!
Principal Prickly: Wouldn't miss it for the world!
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Crazy Credits

Lawson's name is listed in the credits, but he never speaks in the movie. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Patton (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing in the Street
Written by Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, William Stevenson
Performed by Myra
Produced and Arranged by Keith Cohen
Myra appears courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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User Reviews

Got a real kick out of this film
18 February 2001 | by theoaksSee all my reviews

I am familiar with the TV show as it is one of my sons' favorites. The TV show tends to be well written and intelligent.

I found the movie to be the same. We took the extended family to see it for my youngest son's birthday. Everyone enjoyed the film, from kid to adult.

While the animation was certainly primative in comparison to most Disney animation, the story kept moving with no real let up. My son (10 years old) commented that this was "one to buy on videotape", a true compliment from him.


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recess: The Ultimate Summer Vacation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,065,873, 18 February 2001

Gross USA:

$36,706,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,460,850
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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