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'''''Recess: School's Out''''' (or '''''Recess: The Movie''''' in certain countries) is a 2001 animated film of the popular Disney animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' (released at the end of the fifth season), produced by [=DisneyToon=] Studios. It was the fourth movie based off a Disney television series to be released theatrically, the second (and most successful) movie based on a OneSaturdayMorning show, and the final One Saturday Morning based movie of the '90s lineup (''Teacher's Pet'' would be the last movie from the block altogether, unless one show makes a revival of some sort). The movie began production in 1998 (during the show's ''second'' season, which pretty much explains how popular it was) and was finished in 2000.

It's the end of the school year, and T.J. is looking forward to having the time of his life with his friends all summer long...until he finds out each of them are going to different summer camps. Boredom and loneliness sets in for him until he notices something strange going on at the school. He makes his older sister, Becky, pick up the rest of the gang from their camps (unwillingly), so they can aid him in finding out what's going on, as his parents (or the police) won't believe him, and after getting Principal Prickly to see what was going on, he somehow was zapped inside the building. The gang don't believe him at first, and think he made the whole thing up for them to come back from camp, until they see a satellite come out of the school and shoot a laser into the sky. Two nights later, they plan a stakeout (with Randall snooping around and seeing what's up, and getting Miss Finster to try and stop them).

They find out that a former principal and his cronies are trying to work on a plan to end summer vacation for good, creating a permanent winter. After accidentally getting spotted (thanks to Mikey), the villains chase after the kids, including an army of ninjas. While the other five escape, T.J. is caught, and is put in the same room Prickly was captured in. Apparently, Prickly knows the former principal (Philliam Benedict), who has wanted to get rid of recess since the '60s. Will the gang thwart the plans to get rid of recess and summer vacation? [[spoiler:Well, seeing as the show was renewed for another season and two direct-to-DVD movies after that, you already know the answer.]]

The movie did fairly well with critics (61% on Rotten Tomatoes, just enough to qualify as "Fresh"), and also was a solid performer at the box office, earning $36,706,141 domestically, and ended up with a total worldwide gross of $44,460,850 against a budget of only $10 million, and could be considered Disney's second biggest animated success for 2001 (With ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' in first), as their next animated film for the year [[AtlantisTheLostEmpire wasn't as successful]].

Followed by a sequel, ''WesternAnimation/RecessTakingTheFifthGrade'' in 2003.

Not to be confused with ''[[TheFairlyOddparents School's Out! The Musical]]''.

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!!''Recess: School's Out'' provides examples of:

* AbsenteeActor: While almost every supporting student has a role in the film, whether they speak or not, Butch, Cornchip Girl and Menlo are surprisingly absent.
* ActingForTwo: April Winchell plays both Miss Finster ''and'' T.J.'s mom in the movie.
* ActorAllusion: In one scene, Becky is talking to her friend Melissa on the phone. Her voice actress? Melissa Joan Hart.
* AdultsAreUseless
** Completely averted in this case.
** Played straight with the police, at least until the end of the movie.
* AirVentPassageway: This is how the main six got into the school for the stakeout.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: Outside the US, Myra's cover of "Dancing in the Street" is replaced by a cover of the same song by Atomic Kitten.
* [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba And I'm the Former Princess of Morocco]]
* AnimationBump: There's better animation in the movie than in the series, though it did have a much larger budget and didn't have the deadlines the show had.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: When Mikey tells Becky that she has to help the gang save T.J. because he's her little brother and he needs her, she promptly joins them.
** And at the end when T.J. gives Becky back her journal that he'd been using as a blackmail tool.
* {{Badass}}: This film shows that Miss Finster is an excellent hand-to-hand combat fighter, and Ms. Grotke is a martial arts expert.
* BadassAdorable: The main six again, but now TurnedUpToEleven in their badassery.
* BigBad: Dr. Benedict.
* BigNo: Done by Mikey when he finds out the villain's plan.
* [[BigDamnHeroes Big Whomping Heroes]]: The teachers.
* [[BigDamnMovie Big Whomping Movie]]
* BlackBeltInOrigami: T.J. [[TropeNamer yells this]] as he's being dragged away by mooks.
* BlandNameProduct: [[FreezeFrameBonus Off to the left of one of the overhead shots of the school]] is a Raskin-Bobbins ice cream shop.
* BrickJoke
** In the ending, Prickly says that he hasn't forgotten about TJ's comment about his rear end, which was part of a prank TJ pulled at the start of the movie.
** T.J.'s disbelief that Finster [[IWasQuiteALooker was a looker]].
* BodyDouble: Although not willingly done by Prickly: Shortly after Prickly was teleported inside the school [[spoiler: and imprisoned by Benedict's goons]], Prickly apparently left the school when TJ was trying to convince his friends that he was being genuinely honest about something up with the school (they found documents that they initially indicated that the staff were simply people restocking the supply room, to his friends anger), although after they witnessed the weather altering laser in action, they then assumed that Prickly was behind the whole thing. It wasn't until TJ did some more sleuthing the next morning where he stumbled upon Prickly's golf pants that the truth became even more insidious: [[spoiler: The "Prickly" that they earlier witnessed was actually the ugly bald guy incognito, presumably to keep the other people in the dark about what's really going on at the school, and the ''real'' Prickly was being held hostage.]]
* {{Bowdlerize}}: When the gang (sans T.J.) are going to camp, Captain Brad yells to Gus, "Get your fanny over here!". Because "fanny" has a completely different meaning in the U.K. than the US (In the U.K., it's a term for a certain area of female anatomy), the line was shortened to "Get over here!".
* BuffySpeak: "Rope with pointy thing?"
* CallBack:
** First:
-->'''Principal Prickly''': Why do you do this to me, Detweiler? Do you ''enjoy'' tormenting me? Do you ''hate'' me?\\
'''T.J.''': On the contrary, sir, I have only the utmost respect for you.
** Later:
-->'''Benedict''': Why do you do this to me, Pete? Do you ''enjoy'' tormenting me? Do you ''hate'' me?\\
'''Principal Prickly''': I don't hate you, Phil. I just think you're ''insane''.
** First:
-->''(when Vince is practicing pitching at baseball camp)''\\
'''Coach''': Come on, Lasalle! ''Throw'' it, don't aim it!
** Later:
-->''[[spoiler: (when Benedict is activating the tractor beam, T.J. throws Vince a baseball)]]''\\
'''T.J.''': Vince! Remember: aim it, don't throw it!
* CensorshipBySpelling: Used when T.J. is heartbroken after his friends leave for camp, and he's all alone, and then his sister comes downstairs.
-->'''Becky:''' Bye, mom, bye dad, bye T.''Jerk''.\\
'''T.J.'s mom:''' Now, Becky, I want you to be nice to your brother. He's feeling a little S-A-D right now.\\
'''T.J.:''' I can spell, mom.
* ChekhovsGun
** Gretchen's voice-changing device first appears in "The Army Navy Game" and is later used twice in this film.
** T.J. finds his confiscated baseball in Prickly's desk when he goes to search his office, then [[spoiler: throws it to Vince during the climax so he can use it to destroy the tractor beam]].
** Also, T.J. instructs Vince to do the opposite of what the coach at baseball camp told him to do earlier.
** The lunch ladies decide to leave a pot of corn chowder in the school over the summer, later found by T.J. and Principal Prickly.
* ColonCancer: On Walmart's website, the movie's listed as ''Recess: The Movie: School's Out''.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Prickly is shown in his boxers after getting kidnapped. It was explained why his pants were missing, or at the very least it was implied: Benedict had his pants removed and placed in the dumpster (which T.J. found when sleuthing around the school the morning after his friends spied on them at night) as a means of humiliating him before tying him to a chair and then gagging him with tape.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Germany, it's (translated), ''Big Recess: The Secret Mission''.
** French: ''Recess: Give Me a Break!''
** Polish: ''Recess: Goodbye School''
** Swedish: ''Recess: Mission to Save Summer Vacation''
** Finnish: ''Recess: Save the Summer Holiday''.
** Some other countries called it ''Recess: The Movie'' or stuck with the original title.
* ComplexityAddiction: The villain's plan is very complicated. His plan of making children in the U.S. smarter involves moving the Moon.
* ConspicuousCG: The opening shot of the town and the school. The pasted-in kids' run cycles don't even match up with their speed!
* ContinuityNod
** Spinelli uses her "Madame Fist" line that she used in the pilot episode.
** Gretchen's voice changing device is seen again after being introduced in "The Army-Navy Game".
* CoverVersion: Mikey does a cover of "Green Tamborine" during the credits. This is followed by a cover of "Dancing in the Street" by Myra.
* CutSong: There was going to be a new song by TheyMightBeGiants playing as T.J. rode his bike sadly after his friends left for camp. After the movie started using '60s songs for its soundtrack, the song was scrapped and replaced with "One" by Three Dog Night.
* DancePartyEnding: Subverted. The gang's musical performance of "Green Tamborine" happens at the beginning of the credits.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Not as huge as other examples, but it's darker than the main series.
* DirectToVideo: When in pre-production, this is what the creators were considering. But due to the show's huge sucess, Disney wanted it to be put in theaters. So the plot was expanded and got an AnimationBump. Unlike ''[[{{Doug}} Doug's 1st Movie]]'', which was intended for DTV but was released in theaters instead (at the very last minute), this one was much more sucessful. Kind of like how ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' was going to be. Though in Norway, the film was released direct-to-video.
* DisneyAcidSequence: The kids' performance of "Green Tambourine" during the credits.
* DemotedToExtra
** Lawson only appears in a quick cameo, getting sprayed with silly string (another kid was testing it on him to make sure it worked) and giving a thumbs up when the kids are getting ready to save T.J., however, he's still listed in the credits, hinting that he was going to have a bigger role, but his scenes were cut from the final film.
** Miss Grotke only appears at the beginning of the first half of the film, and doesn't return until the battle towards the end. She also only has seven lines in the entire movie (two of them being screaming). Justified as the movie ''does'' take place during summer vacation (and unlike the other two main teachers, she has no ties to the BigBad, obviously because she's younger than the two and wouldn't have appeared in the flashback scene anyway), and her scenes during the battle were [[BadassTeacher pretty]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes memorable]].
* DuelingMovies: Just '''''barely''''' averted. As discussed in the Trivia section, ''Recess: School's Out'' was slated to release in summer 2000, to coincide with the theme of the film. However, the still very lucrative ''Pokemon The Movie 2000'' was released during that time as well. Disney executives kept pushing it back until February 2001. This decision helped Disney in releasing the first of two financially successful animated films for 2001, as well as earn a good response from the critics.
* TheDragon: [[NoNameGiven Ugly Bald Guy.]]
* EnemyMine: The Ashleys were implied to have undergone this with Vince during the times that he has to skip out of camp with his friends to investigate Third Street's activities with his friends at night, as they were seen choosing the color of "Vince's" cap (actually a mannequin dummy head).
** Also, the unified front between the children and the teachers against Benedict's forces.
* EvenEvilHasStandards
** In the opening, when a military base holding the moon-moving technology is being raided, Dr. Benedict asks if the personnel were killed by the stun rays. His lackey says no, and he responds that he doesn't like violence. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as he was a school principal at one time.
** Also, [[spoiler:when Benedict and Fenwick end up arrested in the ending of the movie, Fenwick tries to talk his way out of arrest by pinning the blame on his boss and tries to claim that he was following orders. Randall's, who was nearby when witnessing it, only reaction to it was saying "Jeez, what a squealer!" out of disgust, implying that he felt that Fenwick's ratting out Benedict, his boss, to save his skin was low even for an informant like himself.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: [[spoiler: Benedict to Prickly.]]
* ExposeTheVillainGetHisJob: [[spoiler: When Prickly told the Superintendent about Benedict's ban on Recess when he was principal, the superintendent fried Benedict and gave the job to Prickly.]]
* EyeCam: When Mikey is waking up in T.J.'s backyard after fainting
* FanDisservice: When the teachers come in for the climax battle, Miss Finster is wearing a lime green spandex suit with visible camel toe. [[BrainBleach Uh...]]
* FastRoping: Used by the teachers during the climax.
* FlyawayShot: Used at the end of the movie, and an inversion plays at the beginning of the movie.
* GenreBusting: Comedy/drama/satire/sci-fi/action/prison escape/coming of age
* TheGhost: Mrs. Prickly is mentioned but never seen.
* GondorCallsForAid / MisfitMobilizationMoment: After TJ's been captured, the rest of the gang return to camp, and rally the rest of the Third Street student body to fight back.
* GraduateFromTheStory: Subverted, as the kids all leave the fourth grade in this movie, they still attend the same school in ''Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade'', not to mention they're back in fourth grade for season six, though this is only because the series was UnCancelled.
* GroinAttack: Spinelli does this to the bald guy, though instead of kicking him, she ''headbutts'' him in the groin. Also notable for the only time a groin attack is used in the ''Recess'' franchise.
* HippieTeacher: Apparently, all the teachers were this during the '60s.
* HypocriticalHumor: Randall comments that one of Dr. Benedict's goons is a squealer as he tries to weasel his way out of being arrested.
* ImGoingForACloserLook
* InsistentTerminology:
** Young Voices, the choral program that Mikey attends over the summer, is a "training program", not a "camp".
-->'''T.J.''': Are all of you guys going to camp?!\\
'''Mikey''': Not me.\\
'''T.J.''': Thank goodness...\\
'''Mikey''': [[FalseReassurance The Young Voices Training Program doesn't]] ''[[FalseReassurance like]]'' [[FalseReassurance the word "camp"!]]
** Gretchen helpfully clarifies that she and her friends are officially "pre-young adults", not "kids".
-->'''Vince''': Sorry, man, but we've gotta think about our futures. We can't spend all summer just fooling around like kids!\\
'''T.J.''': But we ''are'' kids!\\
'''Gretchen''': Actually, as of the completion of fourth grade, we are technically considered pre-young adults.\\
'''Gus''': And next year, we won't even be ''pre''!
* IronicEcho
** The villain berates Prickly with the same words he says to T.J. at the beginning.
** Of course, Prickly's answer is ten times more hilarious.
-->'''T.J.:''' ''(to Prickly)'' I don't hate you, sir. In fact I hold a lot of respect for you.\\
''(later)''\\
'''Prickly:''' I don't hate you, Phil. I JUST THINK YOU'RE INSANE!
* {{Irony}}: Slightly meta. At the end of the movie, T.J. gives back Becky's diary, and tells Spinelli that he was lying about the extra copies he was going to post on the internet. The movie's official site had an entire section which showed her diary entries (Unfortunatly, since 2007, the site is gone and the link to the website redirects to Walt Disney Home Entertainment's page for the DVD).
** Another meta example. Disney was expecting ''Atlantis: The Lost Empire'' to be their bigger two-dimensional animated hit for 2001, with ''Recess: School's Out'' as a smaller project. ''Recess: School's Out'' ended up as the more successful film. To add to that, the Finnish VHS and DVD copy of ''Atlantis'' included the ''Recess'' premiere episodes, "The Break In" and "The New Kid" as bonus features.
** One more meta example- the movie takes place at the start of summer vacation. The video and DVD was released in August, which is towards the end of summer vacation
* ItsPersonal: T.J.'s motivation after finding out that Benedict is trying to get rid of recess.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Miss Finster back in the '60s...[[spoiler: except for the fact that she has the same voice as she does in the present.]] However, [[spoiler:April Winchell was probably going to use her normal voice for that scene, but she was already using it for T.J.'s mom.]]
* JustFollowingOrders: [[spoiler:Fenwick attempts to use this excuse when he is being arrested alongside Benedict. The police don't buy it.]]
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: For a while, the movie was quite hard to find, as most stores stopped selling it when the show ended and its popularity dwindled, but due to the rise of online shopping and instant streaming--and the fact that the DVD never really went out of print--it's readily available from both Amazon and Netflix.
* LargeHam: James Woods as Phillium Benedict. Seems like his over the top performance as Hades wasn't enough for him.
* LastNameBasis: TJ with Principal Prickly, as per usual. [[spoiler: Which makes it all the more heartwarming when they call each other "Teej" and "Pete" in the final scene.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The novilization came out a few weeks before the movie, causing a lot of details to be spoiled in the book.
* LogoJoke: In the beginning, the Walt Disney Pictures logo at the time plays as normal...after the flash of light goes by, the main six are standing on each side of the castle, playing the rest of the theme for the logo on their kazoos.
* LostInTransmission: [[spoiler:After TJ escaped from his makeshift cell with Prickly and into Benedict's office (formerly Prickly's office), TJ manages to report that he located Prickly and that he discovered Benedict's plan from a mural, which was to get rid of Summer Vacation. TJ then tries to supply his friends with a plan... but was unable to even start talking because at that moment, the ugly bald guy grabbed the walkie talkie, and likewise caused the communication to go dead.]]
* [[MistakenForSpies Mistaken For Spy]]: In part of his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to TJ, Principal Prickly scolds him for convincing the FBI that Prickly was a Chinese agent, which got him arrested.
* MisterSandmanSequence: The 1968 flashback
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: [[BigBad Dr. Phillium Benedict.]]
* TheMovie
* TheNineties: The movie was released in 2001, though the film takes place in the summer of 1998.
* {{Ninja}}: Part of Benedict's task force.
-->'''Gus:''' Ninjas! Why did they have to be ninjas?!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Phillium Benedict was most likely named for former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett.
* NothingIsScarier: We never actually learn what Benedict's "Detention" punishment really is. We just know that it's bad enough to make a grown man break down begging for mercy. Brrrr...
* OhCrap: Gus's C.O. at military camp's reaction when he realizes shortly after mocking Gus for [[spoiler:becoming the military leader of the Third Street Resistance]] that [[spoiler:Gus was actually being very serious about his being the military leader.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The bald guy isn't given a name in the movie. He's ''credited'' as "Bald Guy". Finster does briefly refer to him as "Kojak", however.
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: Using a clear blue sky.
* ParentalBonus: The movie's built on this trope. It's freaking ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', so of course this trope's going to be heavily involved.
* PetTheDog: Miss Finster with Miss Grotke at the end of the movie, after discovering that she's a martial arts expert. The sweet part kicks in when you remember that in previous seasons, Miss Finster didn't like her very much.
* PlayingAgainstType: Although the role he played was technically still a villain, Creator/TonyJay usually plays the role of intimidating villains (such as [[Disney/TheJungleBook Shere Kahn]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Monsieur D'Arque]], and [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Claude Frollo]]). However, he plays the role of the head scientist who [[YouHaveFailedMe ended up getting detention after the weather altering laser ended up shorting out again]]... who acts like a complete wuss as soon as it became apparent that the laser shut down unexpectedly.
* PoliceAreUseless: Parodied. T.J. tells the police what's going on. They don't believe him. The other five tell the police what's going on. They don't believe them. Miss Finster and Randall tell them what's going on. [[RuleOfThree They don't believe them]]. By the end of the movie though, they find out eventually and arrest the villains.
* RearrangeTheSong: After the prologue, the main theme plays... beefed up and more awesome.
* [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason You Whomp" Speech]]: Unsurprisingly, it happens in a dramatic moment between T.J. and Principal Prickly. ''Very'' surprisingly, T.J. is the recipient of it. When T.J. and Prickly are both imprisoned by Benedict, T.J. angrily accuses Prickly of not caring about saving summer vacation. Prickly retorts with a long speech about how T.J. has unfairly cast him as a villain with no conscience, and that he always forgets that every adult he knows was a kid at some point in their lives and understands what it's like to be one.
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: This was meant to be the finale to the series. And then it was UnCancelled.
* SadTimesMontage: Used with T.J. after his friends leave for camp, with "One" by Three Dog Night playing.
* SensualSpandex: And it HAD to be worn by [[FanDisservice Miss Finster]].
* SeriesContinuityError
** In the 1968 flashback, Miss Finster appears to be in her early 20s. But in "Weekend at Muriel's", she appears to be in her early 20s in a picture from 1952. Does that mean she's [[YoungerThanTheyLook younger than she looks?]] (Or even [[OlderThanTheyLook older than she looked?]])
** At the beginning, King Bob crowns the next king of the playground, King Freddie II (who at the time of the movie, was in fifth grade), due to Bob graduating. But in season two, Freddie was shown in the sixth grade with King Bob. (Though when the second season was still being worked on, there weren't any plans for a movie until the season premiered when it got green lit.)
* SeriesFauxnale: This was going to be the end of the series. However due to the well performance of the movie, it was renewed for one more season. Sadly, there wasn't much to the season, as after about four episodes, it hit the notorious sixty five episode limit Disney has.
* ShoutOut
** [[Music/PinkFloyd "Hey, teacher! Leave them kids alone!"]]
** This movie's pretty much just one big shout out to TheSixties.
** Also, Ms. Finster referred to the Bald henchman as "Kojak," referring to the bald police detective of the same name.
** The scene in when T.J. and Prickly are captured, and Prickly's talk about summer vacation to T.J. reminds an awful lot of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
* SmolderingShoes: Prickly's.
* TheSongRemainsTheSame: All of the insert songs in the movie are intact in the foreign dubs.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: While all the main kids have large roles in this movie, T.J. gets the most time to shine, leaving some fans to think that the film should've been called ''The T.J. Detweiler Movie''.
* TheStoolPigeon: Randall, obviously. However, there is also Finwick, who in the end becomes a Betrayer Barry in the hopes that he'd be acquitted if he pins all the blame on his boss while insisting that he was only following orders, while also offering evidence for the state trial. Ironically, ''Randall'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards ends up being disgusted by this.]]
* SwiperNoSwiping: Mikey shouts at the villain to stop during the final showdown. He asks if Mikey ''really'' thought he would stop if somebody just asked after he went through so much to get there. Mikey asks if he said please would he stop.
* ThermometerGag
* TitleDrop: The movie's working title was ''Summer Vacation: The Ultimate Recess'', which is what T.J. quotes in the beginning. However, the trope was then averted when the title was changed.
* TitleTheAdaptation: Actually ''averted'' in this case, which is rare for a movie based off a TV show. However, this is played straight in a few foreign countries, where it's called ''Recess: The Movie''.
* [[TookALevelInBadass Took a Level in Badass Adorable]]: The main kids, as mentioned before.
** Gus gets a special mention here, as he's the one who staged out the plan to rescue T.J. for the other kids to follow.
** T.J. as well, as he's the member of the main six that gets the most focus in the movie.
* WaterGunsAndBalloons: During the final battle, not to mention silly string is involved as well.
* YouAndWhatArmy
* YouHaveFailedMe: Rosenthal gets dragged away to "Detention" kicking and screaming when he screws up Benedict's tractor beam one too many times.
* YoureInsane:
-->'''Benedict:''' Why do you do these things to me, Pete? Do you ''enjoy'' tormenting me? Do you ''hate'' me?\\
'''Prickly:''' I don't hate you, Phil. I just think you're ''insane''!\

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