Recess: School's Out (2001)



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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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.
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James Woods
as Dr. Benedict
Tony Jay
as Dr. Rosenthal
Robert Goulet
as Mikey Blumberg (singing)
Rickey D'Shon Collins
as Vince LaSalle
Andrew Lawrence
as T.J. Detweiler
Dabney Coleman
as Principal Peter Prickly
R. Lee Ermey
as Colonel O'Malley
Peter MacNicol
as Fenwick
Clancy Brown
as Bald Guy
Melissa Joan Hart
as Becky Detweiler
Robert Stack
as Superintendent
Rachel Crane
as Ashley Q
Ashley Johnson
as Gretchen Grundler
Dan Castellaneta
as Guard No.1
Diedrich Bader
as Guard No.2
Katey Sagal
as Mrs. Flo Spinelli (uncredited)
Allyce Beasley
as Miss Alordayne Grotkey
Kath Soucie
as Counselor
Charles Kimbrough
as Mort Chalk
Gregg Berger
as Tech No.1
Jack Riley
as Golfer No.1
Patrick Renna
as Jordan
Courtland Mead
as Gus P. Griswald
Anndi McAfee
as Ashley A
Andrea Martin
as Lunch Lady No.1
Justin Shenkarow
as Soldier Kid/Wrestler Kid
Clyde Kusatsu
as Mr. Yamashiro
Phil Proctor
as Golfer No.2/Scientist No.2
Paul Willson
as Coach Kluge
Tress MacNeille
as Lunch Lady No.2/Opera Director/Dr. Steinheimer
April Winchell
as Miss Muriel Finster
Ron Glass
as Dr. Lazenby/Tech No. 2
Ryan O'Donohue
as Digger Dave/Randall
Toran Caudell
as King Bob
Michael Shulman
as Hustler Kid
Klee Bragger
as Digger Sam
E.G. Daily
as Cap'n Sticky
Pamela Adlon
as Ashley Spinelli
Mark Robert Myers
as Technician
Fancesca Marie Smith
as Ashley B/Swinger Girl/Upside-down Girl
Erik Von Dettin
as Captain Brad/Lawson
Jason Davis
as Mikey
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Critic Reviews for Recess: School's Out

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (21)

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Whimsical, engaging.

February 16, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Refreshingly subversive.

February 16, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

About as exciting as a lunchbox full of carrot sticks.

February 16, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Passably speedy on the level of other TV retreads that seem miscast on the big screen.

Full Review… | February 16, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

It's fun, it's kind of somber and it succeeds in making you think about how you might be squandering middle age.

Full Review… | February 16, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Recess: School's Out

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

absolutly original. a terrific big screen film to a terrific t.v. show! the jokes are funny and the film is too close to it's creators. fun for kids and kids at heart. a delightful, funny, smart animated comedy. A

Juan Charqueno
Juan Charqueno

Super Reviewer

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