Recess: All Growed Down
December 9, 2003
Direct to Video Film
Recess: All Growed Down is a direct-to-video animated film released on December 9, 2003. The film is based on the Disney television series Recess and is the final direct-to-video film based on the series.
It was released simultaneously with another direct-to-video Recess film, Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade.
PlotIn this movie, The Recess Gang remembers how they all met back in Kindergarten. It begins with T.J. four of his gang looking forward to starting a game of croquet with Mikey's new set, but they needed an empty space to do so. They find a nice quiet piece of ground, and are about to set up when they are abruptly captured by Kindergartners. are surprised that they seem to no longer like the gang. The reason is that they have a new leader called Chief Stinky who despises Big Kids and because of being bigger orders the other Kindergartners around and forces them to hold the gang as prisoners.
Desperate to be released, the gang starts telling stories of past episodes to make the Kindergartners remember how well they used to get along. T.J. tells the first story about when he encountered the Kindergartners which is from the episode "The Legend of Big Kid". After that Gretchen tells them the story about the "pee wee pals" from the episode "Wild Child". After that Mikey asks Tubby to remember how the two became friends in the episode "Kindergarten Derby". But despite all three stories being told, the Kindergartners are still too afraid of Chief Stinky to admit that they remember.
After a while Gus comes outside from the nurse's office and starts looking for the gang, only to get captured as well. To convince Hector (the Kindergartner in pajamas) about how he was his "safety man", he tells a story about when he first went to Kindergarten. At first the other gang members remind him that he didn't come to the school until the gang was in 4th grade (a reference to their memories in the episode "The New Kid"), and besides, none of them even want to think about when they were savage Kindergartners. But Gus points out that long before, he briefly had been a Kindergarten student.In his story, his parents bring him to Third Street School. Gus is a wild child and thinks that the other students he meets will be just like him, but to his surprise, everyone is acting well behaved in class, and Miss Finster reads them a story. When recess begins all the children are quiet and nobody acts like they do in the future. Gus notices Gretchen just reads and never gives anyone ideas, Vince just runs around quietly, the Diggers just play in a sandbox, Swinger Girl and Upside-Down Girl don't swing roughly or hang upside down and Spinelli is a timid little girl with a doll. Gus then meets one little boy with a red cap whose name is Theodore Jasper Detweiler. Gus befriends him and gives him his nickname: T.J.
Shortly afterward, Gus realizes that everyone is being neat and behaved because they are afraid of Mikey who acts as a monstrous bully, and Randall is the one who tames him. Gus is enraged and he later reveals the reason that Mikey acted like a monster is because Randall told him lies and said he was his only friend. Mikey is actually friendly and explains that Randall was behind everything because he wanted to take control of the whole grade and have everything belong to him.Then Gus convinces all the Kindergartners that they should be like him and be wild like a normal Kindergartner, then all the kid begin to act like their future selves, Vince becomes more active, Gretchen starts passing her theories to other kids, Spinelli realizes that she is a very tough girl, and T.J. becomes brave and adventurous. Randall is horrified and quickly tells Miss Finster that everyone is all messy. Miss Finster is furious and demands to know who did this. When she finds that it was Gus, she takes him to Principal Prickly's office. However, T.J. and the gang form a plan and rescue, Gus, leaving Spinelli's doll in the chair he was sitting in. Gus is forced to leave the school the next day.
After he finishes his story, Gus tells Hector that he and all the other Kindergartners should stand up to Stinky. So Hector trips Stinky, making him cry and as the others rejoice, Captain Sticky makes Hector the leader. The Recess Gang is then released. T.J. and the gang tell Gus that he was very clever to make up such a story, Gus agrees that he just imagined it all and then the gang starts to spend the rest of the recess having fun together.
However, Miss Finster who is watching, tells Randall to keep an eye on Gus, and then vows that someday she will get revenge, hinting that Gus' story was true, after all.
DVD Bonus episodes
On the DVD, three episodes were included as a bonus, marked as "Fan Favorite Episodes"
- It's revealed in this movie that Gus was in kindergarten with the rest of the gang for a brief period of time before having to move away again after only one day of Kindergarten at Third Street School- unremembered by the other five children. The incongruences of this timeline is deemed foolish by the characters.
- However, several other episodes seem to contradict this. In "The New Kid", Gus does not mention that he was there for a brief time, nor does Miss Finster ever mention he was a troublemaker. He should have been able to remember the gang. Also in "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff", T.J. has a flashback to when the gang (Minus Gus) met as Kindergartners on Old Rusty- and they are all in the typical Kindergartner style. However, given their extremely young age at the time, it is likely that the gang were unable to accurately recall the events in this movie.
- It is also very strange his parents would go through all the paperwork and trouble to enroll Gus in possibly the middle of the semester,just to have him there for one day and then suddenly move again.
- Its possible that Miss Finster does not remember either and just assumes Gus was telling the truth.
- This movie marks the first time Myles Jeffrey voices T.J.
- The title "All Growed Down" appears to be a reference to the "All Grown Up!" Rugrats series, released earlier the same year.
- Due to adolescence, Mikey, Gus, and Randall all sound noticeably different, despite being voiced by their original actors.
Main movie/most of flashbacks
- T.J. Detweiler - Myles Jeffrey
- Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
- Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
- Gretchen Grundler/Ashley Tomassian - Ashley Johnson
- Mikey Blumberg/Tubby - Jason Davis
- Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
- Captain Sticky/Chief Stinky/various kindergartners - E.G. Daily
- Hector/Cindy/Madge Griswald/Various kindergartners - Kath Soucie
- Emma/Ashley Boulet/Swinger Girl/Upside-Down Girl - Francesca Smith
- Miss Finster - April Winchell
- Randall Weems/Sam/Dave/Kindergartner #1 - Ryan O'Donohue
- Ashley Armbruster - Anndi McAfee
- Ashley Quinlan - Rachel Crane
- Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
- Cornchip Girl - Aria Noelle Curzon
- Lt. Griswald - Sam McMurray
- Spinelli's doll/various kindergarteners - Tara Strong
- T.J. Detweiler ("The Legend of Big Kid") - Ross Malinger
- T.J. Detweiler ("Wild Child" and "Kindergarten Derby") - Andrew Lawrence
- Gilbert/Kid #1 - Kath Soucie
- King Bob - Toran Caudell
- Spencer/Emma ("Wild Child") - E.G. Daily
- Jake/Zedd - Christine Cavanaugh
- Sam ("Wild Child") - Klee Bragger
- Hustler Kid - Michael Shulman
- Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley