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Recess the Movie: School's Out
     

Recess the Movie: School's Out

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Director: Chuck Sheetz

Cast: Rickey D'Shon Collins, Jason Davis, Ashley Johnson

 

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Though the animation in Disney's Recess: School's Out is no better than what one would find on Saturday morning, the DVD tries its best to strive for a little more. For starters, the image, which is framed at 1.66:1 and is anamorphic, is surprisingly detailed. Detail is very sharp and colors are well saturated. Little to no distracting elements means that the

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Though the animation in Disney's Recess: School's Out is no better than what one would find on Saturday morning, the DVD tries its best to strive for a little more. For starters, the image, which is framed at 1.66:1 and is anamorphic, is surprisingly detailed. Detail is very sharp and colors are well saturated. Little to no distracting elements means that the picture here translates extremely well from the theatrical version, maybe even more so since the children's series comes from television in the first place. The sound is also strong, with a 5.1 Dolby Digital English track. While generally centered up front without much use of the surround speakers, dialogue and sound effects are clear and distinct, which is probably all that can be asked for with a film like this. Also available is a Spanish-language track and English closed-captions. In an unexpected move, a number of extras have been included that are designed more for younger viewers. Along with two music videos, the theatrical trailer, and numerous Disney "sneak peeks" including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Monsters, Inc., there is a ten-minute featurette called "Animation Camp" that shows the different steps in making this film. Also included is a very brief segment with ten secrets of Recess, the most amusing being that the series' creators can't draw. Finally, along with some DVD-ROM content, is a Recess comic book that can be viewed with our without narration and a game where three of the kids need to be rescued in the playground. All in all, while not an outstanding film, Disney has produced a nice DVD that will especially appeal to kids.

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It might be overstating things to say that Recess: School's Out has something to offer for the whole family. After all, a bureaucrat's crackpot plan to squash recess and summer vacation won't get anyone riled up above, say, age eight. Still, Disney does an entertaining job bringing its Recess TV show to the big screen, with writing that supplies dimension to the rudimentary drawings and enough cleverness to exceed expectations for an out-and-out kiddie movie. Animators have a reputation as hippie slackers who like to slip drug references into their projects, and here they manage it with nice G-rated fondness, showing giddy flashbacks to the days when the teachers were tie-dyed 1970s radicals (an era the soundtrack mirrors). The film may have the look and feel of a Saturday morning cartoon, but it has a much smarter sensibility than that and gives the characters a lot more credit. Viewers who get an occasional King of the Hill vibe from Recess should not be surprised. Director Chuck Sheetz has helmed episodes of the popular Fox animated series, and Pamela Segall, who voices Ashley Spinelli, the tomboy with pro wrestling aspirations, also does the voice for Bobby Hill.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
UPC:
0786936147902
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
5,358

Special Features

Recess: The Schoolyard Challenge trivia game; Recess animation camp; Recess Digital Comic Book: The Trouble With Shorts; Ten secrets of Recess; "Green Tambourine" music video performed by Robert Goulet; "Dancing in the Street" music video performed by Myra; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM features; Widescreen [1.66:1]; Enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Spanish-language track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rickey D'Shon Collins Vince
Jason Davis Mikey
Ashley Johnson Gretchen
Andrew Lawrence TJ
Courtland Mead Gus
Pamela Segall Spinelli
Dabney Coleman Principal Prickly
Robert Goulet Mikey's Singing Voice
Melissa Joan Hart Becky Detweiller
Peter MacNicol Fenwick
April Winchell Ms. Finster,Mrs. Detweiler
James Woods Benedict

Technical Credits
Chuck Sheetz Director
Joe Ansolabehere Original Story,Producer
Allyson Bosch Casting
Ronald Eng Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Greenberg Original Story,Screenwriter
Denis M. Hannigan Score Composer
Eric Keyes Art Director
Tony Mizgalski Editor
David Shannon Production Designer
Michael Tyau Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles [2:47]
2. Last Day Of School [2:47]
3. Summer Plans [1:00]
4. Something Really Weird Going On [1:00]
5. Surveillance [5:19]
6. Principal Prickly Dematerialized [4:15]
7. Gathering The Gang [2:05]
8. Secret Plot [1:07]
9. Campers By Day, Spies By Night [3:03]
10. The Ultimate Kid Experience [3:00]
11. Break-In At Third Street School [2:43]
12. Dr. Benedict's Plan [2:38]
13. Ninjas! [3:29]
14. Recess Power [4:52]
15. No Summer Vacation! [3:47]
16. We Need Reinforcements [2:00]
17. Meet Your New Commanding Officer [7:46]
18. Saving Summer Vacation [5:16]
19. Ms. Finister's Army [2:28]
20. Time For Just Being Kids [2:56]
21. End Credits [2:23]

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Recess the Movie: School's Out 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always like the TV show Recess, so I was excited to watch the movie, and I wasn't a bit disapointed. I especially loved when Gus stepped in to a leader position! He was a great general! Anyway this is an excellent movie to watch if you are babysitting younger school age children and it has awesome songs!
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