Recess: Schools Out

Theatrical Release: February 16, 2001
DVD Release: August 7, 2001
Recess: Schools Out


The school year is finally over, and T.J. Detweiler is looking forward to a fun-filled summer. Boredom quickly sets in however, until he uncovers a scheme to do away with summer vacation! Former principal Dr. Benedict, who once tried to eliminate recess from the school day, now plans to use a laser beam to alter the weather and create permanent winter. It sure would be tough to have to go to school year-round, so T.J. calls in all his friends for help. Just when the kids appear to be facing their final test of strength against the mad educator, the faculty joins together in order to help save summer vacation.

Dove Review

“Recess: School’s Out” is the big screen version of Disney’s Saturday morning TV cartoon by the same name – sort of a grade school version of the preschoolers cartoon, “Rugrats.” Its no accident that most kids like this cartoon because it features their favorite school-time activity…recess! This film, like “Rugrats,” has the look and feel of its TV counterpart – no big screen effects. The story is fantasy at its finest. What kid hasn’t imagined him or herself pitted against evil forces to save summer vacation – and coming out the winner. (OK, so maybe I am the only one). This film also wins in the sensitive way it handles teacher/pupil relationships. There’s enough humor for moms and dads to enjoy as well – and without the usual sexual innuendo found in much of today‚Äôs G-rated fare.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Disney
Director: Chuck Sheetz
Genre: Children
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: G
Reviewer: Dick Rolfe