Trivia: Recess: School's Out

  • Some of the guests who came to the premiere of the film include Wendie Malick, Joey Lawrence (Andrew Lawrence's (T.J.) older brother, who was also the voice of "The Dude" in the show), Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Myles Jeffrey (Who would become T.J.'s new voice actor a few years later), among others.
  • Acting for Two: April Winchell plays both Miss Finster and T.J.'s mom in the movie.
  • Actor Allusion: In one scene, Becky is talking to her friend Melissa on the phone. Her voice actress? Melissa Joan Hart.
  • Adored by the Network: Disney XD loved playing this movie any chance they got in 2009, though it rarely airs now (At least in the US).
  • Deleted Role: Lawson apparently was going to have more scenes in the film (And is credited), but they were cut. He makes only one appearance in the film in a non-speaking cameo.
  • Direct-to-Video: 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 Animation Bump. Unlike 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 Toy Story 2 was going to be. Though in Norway, the film was released direct-to-video.
  • Dueling Movies: Just barely averted. 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!!:
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: 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.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Mikey, as usual, but when the kids are singing backup in "Green Tamborine", a few of them have different voices. Blake Ewing, who usually voices Menlo (who doesn't appear in the movie), did T.J. and Gus's singing voices (Blake Ewing's little brother, Zach, would eventually voice Gus in the Lilo & Stitch crossover), while Anndi McAfee, who voices Ashley A., did Gretchen's singing voice. Pamela Segal and Rickey D'Shon Collins did their characters, Spinelli and Vince, as usual.
    • Though oddly enough, any other scene with the kids singing has them sing with their regular voices.
  • Playing Against Type: Although the role he played was technically still a villain, Tony Jay usually plays the role of intimidating villains (such as Shere Kahn, Monsieur D'Arque, Megabyte, and Claude Frollo). However, he plays the role of the head scientist who 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.
    Rosenthal: Oh no! N-Not detention! NOT DETENTION! No! Please! I can fix it! Don't do this to MEEEEE!!!! [is led out the room by Benedict's guards]
  • Release Date Change: The movie was scheduled for a July 2000 release, but due to Disney fearing competition from Pokemon The Movie 2000, the film was pushed back to February 2001.
  • Trope Namer: For Black Belt in Origami
  • What Could Have Been: It was going to be released for summer 2000, just in time for summer vacation, the theme for the movie. Because Pokémon The Movie 2000 was being released at the same time, Disney feared competition from the mentioned Cash Cow Franchise and kept on pushing the movie back until February 2001...which was far from summer vacation (unless you live in the Southern hemisphere, though at least it was released during the usual week for February vacation!).
    • Though if both were released at the same time, Pokémon would've done better in terms of raking in the dough at the box office, while Recess would've been more favored by critics. (Which was pretty much the same in critical terms for both shows on TV as well.)
    • Summer Vacation: The Ultimate Recess was the original title for the movie before it was changed to the much-better sounding title it has now, though T.J. still says those exact words towards the beginning of the movie.
    • After the gang leaves T.J. for camp, there was going to be an original song by They Might Be Giants playing as he sadly rode his bike alone. It was replaced with "One".
    • In the ending credits, Mikey was going to sing "Get Back", but it was too expensive to get the rights to a song by The Beatles. They used "Green Tamborine" instead.
    • The film was also going to be released direct-to-video, but because of the show's popularity (And Disney's enthusiasm for the film), it got an enormous production overhaul for theaters, and proved to be a success.
    • The DVD was advertised as going to include some deleted scenes as bonus features, but they were never included.