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.
Parents, get ready for the slogan "only in theaters" once again. "Recess," the smart-alecky animated television series in which T. J. Detweiler and his schoolyard pals fight a never-ending battle against teacher-imposed doldrums at the Third Street School, comes to the big screen with "Recess: School's Out," probably a momentary stopover on its trip to Blockbuster. The "Recess" movie springs from what could only be called the Post-It school of animation. (Is it possible for drawing to have only one dimension?) To make up for what could charitably be called a visual deficit, the movie comes up with a surfeit of notions. Elvis Mitchell
2001-02-16 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Recess: School's Out