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Recess: School's Out (2001) Theatrical Cartoon Recess: School's Out

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  • Walt Disney Television Animation
  • Animated Characters: Theodore 'T.J.' Detweiler, Gustavus 'Gus' P. Griswald, Miss Alordayne Grotkey, Principal Peter Prickly, Vince Lasalle, Mikey Blumberg, Gretchen Grundler, Mrs. Flo Spinelli, Ashley Spinelli, Miss Finster.
  • Originally Released in 2001.
  • TechniColor
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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Also titled Recess: The Ultimate Summer Vacation and Summer Vacation: The Ultimate Recess.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.


While Disney lost money flattering itself by being ironically hip in The Emperor's New Groove, the real subversion came in through the back door. Disney's Recess: School's Out, a modestly animated big-screen version of their Saturday cartoon show, is charmingly funny, in no small part to its subtle message about letting kids being kids.

The story involves T.J. (voiced by Andy Lawrence) uncovering a scenario by his school's former principal (the winningly oily James Woods) that plots no less than throwing the moon into another orbit, so that America will have winter weather all year 'round and force students to study more, thus raising nationwide test scores. (The scariest part about this plot is that I'm not sure Dubya wouldn't try to pull it off if he could.)

You don't have to be a follower of the TV series (I'm not much of one) to appreciate its winning message, or its hilarious use of celebrity voices. Dabney Coleman makes a perfect flustered principal, and Tony Jay, the mellifluous villain of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, here plays a flunky scientist who makes one wrong move and gets carted away for good.

The animation, is must be said, is sub-par (particularly for a Disney production), so the story and voices have to carry the entire load; happily, they do. There's also a very strange 1960's mojo about this movie; there's a corny flashback to the principal's hippie days, and the soundtrack is loaded with one-hit oldies such as Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense and Peppermints." Happily, this leads to the movie's wittiest moment of all: a closing rendition of "Green Tambourine" warbled by Robert Goulet. Talk about subversion!

Review By: Steve Bailey

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This cartoon movie is not bad, but still it doesn't have anyhing special to show. When I watched it, I enjoyied it but untill the end of the movie I almost forgot it was a Disney production. The story (scenario) is pretty good, but that's all....  (read more)

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