Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade
Recess Taking the Fifth Grade
Format Comedy
Network Disney
Run N/A (DVD)
Broadcast Infomation
Seasons N/A (DVD)
Episode # 03
Status Out of print, and considerably in the "Disney Vault".
Related Recess
Recess: School's Out
Recess Christmas
Recess: All Growed Down

Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade is a Disney direct-to-video animated film released on December 9, 2003. The film is based on the Disney television series Recess. It was released simultaneously with another direct-to-video Recess film, Recess: All Growed Down. It is considered the series finale to the show, as noted by the back cover description.

DVD summary

Only here can you see the final chapter of the Recess series. Everyone's favorite fourth graders have graduated! It's an all-new school year for the kids - and the gang hits the fifth grade running! But they're stopped in their tracks when they discover some unwelcome changes - no pizza, no lockers! And to make things worse, their teacher turns out to be the cantakerous Miss Finster! It's all too much for T.J., who is determined to find a way to stand up for what the gang believes in and improve the school they love!

The fifth grade brings out the best in everyone...even Miss Finster and Principal Prickly! Full of excitement, surprises, and loads of laughs - you'll discover Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade to learn about friendship, cooperation, and most of all, fun!


  1. No More School
  2. Grade Five Club
  3. A Recess Halloween


The film cuts later to another day of school where T.J. and the gang play a calm game of kicking the ball to each other during recess until the bell rings. As T.J. and his friends, along with Miss Finster and the other children, go inside the school to their classes, T.J. narrates that even though things change as they grow up, sticking to what they believe and staying true to themselves will make everything okay.

And as Miss Finster is about to close the doors, T.J. waves to the audience saying he's got a feeling that it'll be the best school year yet, and that he really means it. Miss Finster then sighs, and as T.J. moves to his class, Miss Finster gently shuts the doors, thus ending the film and the series.


  • T.J. Detweiler/Kid #4 - Myles Jeffrey
  • Vince LaSalle - Ricky D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler/Ashley Tomassia/Kid #3 - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg/Tubby - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Finster/T.J.'s Mom/Preschooler's Mom - April Winchell
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Randall Weemes/Dave/Sam/Guru Kid/Buster - Ryan O'Donohue
  • Sam (End of movie) - Klee Bragger
  • Swinger Girl/Upside-Down Girl/Ashley Boulet - Francesca Smith
  • Captain Sticky/Jake/Kid #1/Kid #2/Kid #6/Preschooler - E.G. Daily
  • King Bob - Toran Caudell
  • Cornchip Girl - Aria Noelle Curzon
  • Ashley Armbruster/Kid #5 - Anndi McAfee
  • Ashley Quinlan - Rachel Crane
  • Hustler Kid - Michael Shulman
  • Menlo - Blake Ewing
  • Phil - Justin Jon Ross
  • T.J.'s Dad - Paul Wilson
  • Flo Spinelli - Katey Segall
  • Bob Spinelli/Mr. Kelso/Mr. Dunn/Mr. McPhearson - Sam McMurray
  • Lunchlady Irma/Intercom Voice/Mrs. Ailman/Mrs. Gordan/B.O.E. Member #3 - Tress MacNeille
  • Gelman/King Freddy II's Guard #1 - Justin Shenkarow
  • Hector - Kath Soucie
  • Greg Skeens - Danny Cooksey
  • Conrad Mundy/King Freddy II - Warren Sroka
  • Kristen "Kurst the Worst" Kurst - Mayim Bialik
  • Earwin Lawson/Jocko/Koreo/King Freddy II's Guard #2 - Erik von Detten
  • Mr. White - Gary Cole
  • Mort Chalk - Charles Kimbrough
  • Becky Detweiler - Tara Strong
  • Truant Officer McLeland/Secretary - Gregg Berger
  • Truant Officer McDooley/B.O.E. Member #2/Mr. Gordan - Tom Kenny
  • Mr. Brown/Operator - Corey Burton
  • B.O.E. Member #3/Construction Worker - Clancy Brown
  • TV Announcer/Monster decoration - Frank Welker
  • Kids Dressed as Dinosaurs - Grey DeLisle

DVD Bonus Episodes

  1. The Break In
  2. The New Kid


While the film is no longer available in stores, the movie is available for purchase and rental on iTunes.  The film was also available for streaming via Netflix beginning in 2013.


  • Aria Noelle Curzon was incorrectly credited as Ria Noelle Curzon.
  • After T.J. walks out of Principal Prickly's office, Vince's wristbands turn green.
  • When the kindergarteners appear, they are the same ones from last year.
  • When T.J. is asking Miss Finster what she's being for Halloween, the sleeves on Gretchen's dress are blue.
  • When Miss Finster turns the light back on when the gang and the teachers are in the old Gordon place, the facepaint T.J. had on for his Halloween costume is missing.
  • When Gretchen is telling Hector and Tubby that they need to act like proper first graders, her freckles are mssing.
  • When the B.O.E. members get out of their car and walk up to Principal Prickly, Gordy disappears for a frame.
  • When Hector is asking politely for his ball back, Tubby's ear turns orange for a frame.
  • When Koreo went into the club he was colored to look like Gelman.
  • Through out the movie Jordan & Jerome were seen multiple times.


  • As no new projects have been announced for the series as of 2018, this is the true series finale to Recess.
  • The end of the movie is a reference to the end of the theme song.
  • This is the second and last time Myles Jeffrey does the voice of T.J.
  • Due to adolescence, Mikey, Gus, and Randall all sound noticeably different, despite being voiced by their original actors.
  • Becky Detweiler is played by Tara Strong instead of Melissa Joan Hart in this movie.
  • Certain stores sold this movie and Recess: All Growed Down as a two-pack set. There was no fancy packaging; the two DVDs were both shrinkwrapped together instead.
  • King Bob, Gelman, Kurst the Worst, Cheay, Koreo, Jocko, Menlo, Skeens, Hustler Kid, Guru Kid, and Miss Grotke make their final appearances in this movie. Butch, Sue Bob Murphy, and Mundy make their final appearences as well, albeit not speaking.
  • When the movie was released on DVD, the series premiere episodes "The Break In" and "The New Kid" were added as bonus episodes. They were not available on the video release.
  • Despite the fact that she only appears in the movie twice and has four lines of dialogue, Miss Grotke (Allyce Beasley) is still listed among the main character credits.
  • This is the first time Hector is voiced by Kath Soucie since "Wild Child". After that, he was voiced by E.G. Daily.
  • The original working title for the movie was Recess: Grade 5.
  • The original name of episode one was, "T.J. Detwieler vs. the Board of Education". The name was based on the Supreme Court case, "Brown v. Board of Education".
  • The three segments in the film were initially planned as being part of another season of the show or a follow-up series ABC wanted to air for the 2002-03 television season. For unknown reasons, it was cancelled and made into the movie instead.