Special mention to the background music that plays whenever T.J. has a plan... a beefed-up, more badass version of the regular BGM.
The background score was really nice in the show, but the movie's background score is really impressive.
Cult Classic: While not as commercially mainstream like other Disney films, for a certain generation who grew up with the film, it's one of Disney's best animated movies, especially in the 2000s when Disney's regular animation department was going through a Dork Age.
And for said certain demographic, it's considered the film to watch at the end of the school year.
Fan Disservice: Ms. Finster showing up for the final battle in a lime-colored jumpsuit, which leaves very little to the imagination.
First Installment Wins: Out of all three Recess films, the others being Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade and Recess: All Growed Downnote Although that one consisted of three previous episodes, an origin story, and wraparound material, it's still a movie according to Disney, this one is the most well-known and well-recieved among Recess fans and the only one to get a theatrical release.
Harsher in Hindsight: Benedict's plot in the movie is to increase standardized testing and get rid of recess in order to improve grades in American schools. Fast forward fifteen years to the present and the American government in many states appears to be doing this, placing more focus on standardized testing and not allowing recess in some areas.
Moral Event Horizon: Though at first Dr. Benedict simply wished to get rid of recess, he decides to destroy summer vacation. And those paying attention will quickly put together that it won't end there; see Nightmare Fuel below.
Right after T.J. and Principal Prickly's guard disguises fail T.J. yells "RUN!", but is still oddly smiling, possibly due to an animation error.
When the gang discusses the song Becky taught them back in her nicer days; their almost awestruck expressions and remarks before they go into song are hilariously awkward.
One of the early trailers (seen on the Air Bud: World Pup VHS) has a scene where the kids are about to break into the school with T.J. saying "Cover me, I'm going in", which is obviously recycled from the first episode. This is especially conspicuous because T.J. had a different voice actor in season one.
Nightmare Fuel: The scene where Prickly was dematerialized. Mainly because it comes out of nowhere, but also since Recess is a Disney cartoon, odds are we just saw him get killed. He wasn't though.
What an Idiot: Benedict himself, who expresses no concern for the fact that if his plans had come to fruition, he in all likelihood would've doomed not simply summer vacation, but the human race and all other life along with it as the ice age sets in; And as if being fired by the President himself for his deluded beliefs wasn't enough, he still thinks he'd have a shot at the office himself regardless of the inevitable ruination his plan would cause the world.
The police, who even after three reports of suspicious activity at the school simply laugh off their claims about what's going on there; granted, it's unlikely anybody would buy these stories in reality, but after a while one would have to think that at least something must be off.
The Woobie: T.J. in the beginning of the film after his friends go to camp.