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Recess: School's Out Recess: School's Out

Recess has moved to summer vacation and the teachers and principal must ally with the kids of the Third Street School to save summer and all that time off.

The animated characters lead by T.J. Detweiler (voice of Andy Lawrence) are ready for that long period of freedom called summer vacation.  It's time to play hard and do little else except hang out with friends.  But T.J.'s five friends all have plans for vacation and he is alone and desperate for something to do.  Riding his bike past the empty school yard T.J. notices a weird green light emanating from the building.  When no adult will listen, he calls in his five buddies and they learn a rogue former principal (voice of James Woods) is using the school to alter the relationship of the Moon and Earth to eliminate summer and therefore summer vacation.

These kids must save that time of year which even adults remember with fondness and joy.  Gretchen (voice of Ashley Johnson), Spinelli (voice of Pam Segall), Vince (voice of Rickey D'Shon Collins), Mikey (voice of Jason Davis and Robert Goulet), Gus (Courtland Mead) form together with T. J. and eventually with Principal Prickley (voice of Dabney Coleman) to foil the evil plans of the former school principal.  All of this is skillfully framed by a musical sound track which includes Let The Sunshine In, Puccini's Nessun Dorma, Dancing In The Street, Born to Be Wild, and Wipe Out, which has kids jumping in their seats.

Everyone can appreciate the last day of school and the individual strengths and weaknesses of these interesting kids.  Adults will appreciate the back to the past interaction of the former principal and the sitting principal in the seventies.  We also have the opportunity to observe T.J., the kind of kid that disrupts the smooth running of the school using skills that will serve him well in adult life.

The kids style weapons used to stop the technical tools of former Principal Benedict.  The teachers, represented by Miss Finster a former peace advocate who has not aged well and Miss Grotke a sympathetic fourth grade teacher are not presented as the enemy.  Understanding allies all fold together to make a rewarding experience for the whole family.

Recess: School's Out

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