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
Production on the film began in 1998 and ended in 2000. See more »
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 »
How do you know that jerk?
How do I know him? We attended teacher training together.
That's right, Detweiler, that man is a rogue teacher.
It was the spring of '68, it was different times back then, all of us young, idealistic, ready to change the world.
Hey Murial, had a groovy time at the Dead festival last night.
You gonna be at the teach in, Saturday? We're gonna paint my Volkswagen!
Wouldn't miss it for the world!
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Lawson's name is listed in the credits, but he never speaks in the movie. See more »
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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