Recess: School's Out (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Recess: School's Out (2001)

Recess: School's Out



Critic Consensus: Though basically a TV cartoon stretched out to movie-length, Recess has enough successful jokes and smart writing to make it a worthwhile view.

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Movie Info

The characters from the popular Saturday morning TV cartoon series move out of the schoolyard and onto the big screen in this animated feature. New kid Gus (voice of Courtland Mead), nice guy TJ (voice of Andrew Lawrence), tough girl Spinelli (voice of Pamela Segall), cool kid Vince (voice of Rickey D'Shon Collins), overly enthusiastic Mikey (voice of Jason Davis), and brainy Gretchen (voice of Ashley Johnson) are grade school best friends who are psyched about the end of the school year and the arrival of summer vacation. But Principal Prickly (voice of Dabney Coleman) is less than enthusiastic about letting the kids goof off all summer, and evil school administrator Dr. Benedict has come up with a plan to do away with summer vacation by using a super-powered laser to create permanent winter. Teen-pop singer Myra contributes a new version of "Dancing in the Street" to the soundtrack, and Katey Sagal also contributes to the voice cast.more
Rating: G
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Greenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
Box Office: $34.8M
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


Andrew Lawrence
as T.J. Detweiler
James Woods
as Dr. Benedict
Dabney Coleman
as Principal Peter Pric...
Ashley Johnson
as Gretchen Grundler
Pamela Adlon
as Ashley Spinelli
Robert Goulet
as Mikey Blumberg (sing...
Melissa Joan Hart
as Becky Detweiler
April Winchell
as Miss Muriel Finster
Allyce Beasley
as Miss Alordayne Grotk...
Paul Willson
as Coach Kluge
Courtland Mead
as Gus P. Griswald
Dan Castellaneta
as Guard No.1
Diedrich Bader
as Guard No.2
Gregg Berger
as Tech No.1
Ron Glass
as Dr. Lazenby/Tech No....
Klee Bragger
as Digger Sam
Clancy Brown
as Bald Guy
Toran Caudell
as King Bob
Rachel Crane
as Ashley Q
E.G. Daily
as Cap'n Sticky
R. Lee Ermey
as Colonel O'Malley
Tony Jay
as Dr. Rosenthal
Clyde Kusatsu
as Mr. Yamashiro
Andrea Martin
as Lunch Lady No.1
Tress MacNeille
as Lunch Lady No.2/Oper...
Anndi McAfee
as Ashley A
Ryan O'Donohue
as Digger Dave/Randall
Jack Riley
as Golfer No.1
Phil Proctor
as Golfer No.2/Scientis...
Justin Shenkarow
as Soldier Kid/Wrestler...
Michael Shulman
as Hustler Kid
Fancesca Marie Smith
as Ashley B/Swinger Gir...
Kath Soucie
as Counselor
Robert Stack
as Superintendent
Erik Von Dettin
as Captain Brad/Lawson
Katey Sagal
as Mrs. Flo Spinelli (u...
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News & Interviews for Recess: School's Out

Critic Reviews for Recess: School's Out

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (21)

Its well characterised comedy of playground manners and teasing social awareness rings confidently through.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Whimsical, engaging.

February 16, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Simply a TV episode blown up for the big screen.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

It has my favorite characters and it's kind of like a mystery.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

The film never gets too far beyond disposable youth fare, best consumed like mouthfuls of sugary cereal.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

If you have to take the kids to a low-rent cartoon, this experience at least is enjoyably trippy.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Recess: School's Out

This is better than the tv show.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

An extended episode with a rediculous plot that will have the kids laughing and the adults sleeping.

Dillon Lupky
Dillon Lupky

Super Reviewer


While it is formulaic when stacked up to its television show counterpart, School's Out provides an ambitious plot line noted with a strong antagonist performance by James Woods

Jackson Walsh
Jackson Walsh

Super Reviewer

Recess: School's Out Quotes

Principal Peter Prickly: Don't you ever say I don't care about Summer Vacation, because those memories are the last part of my childhood I got left.
– Submitted by Adam K (8 months ago)
Principal Peter Prickly: Don't you ever say I don't care about Summer Vacation, because those memories are the last part of my childhood I got left.
– Submitted by Adam K (8 months ago)

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