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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".
Previously on Netflix
Now on Disney+
Related Recess
Recess: School's Out
Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street
Recess: All Growed Down

Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade is a 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 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 playground...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!

Episodes

  1. "No More School"
  2. "The Fifth and Sixth Graders' Club"
  3. "A Recess Halloween"

Closing

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.

DVD Bonus Episodes

  1. "The Break In"
  2. "The New Kid"

Availability

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 from 2013 to November 12th, 2019. The film is now available on Disney+ in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Goofs

  • Crediting error: Aria Noelle Curzon was incorrectly credited as Ria Noelle Curzon.
  • Coloring error: After T.J. walks out of Principal Prickly's office, Vince's wristbands turn green.
  • Animation/character design error: When the kindergartners appear, they are the same ones from last year.
  • Coloring error: When T.J. is asking Miss Finster what she's being for Halloween, the sleeves on Gretchen's dress are blue.
  • Coloring/animation error: When Miss Finster turns the light back on when the gang and the teachers are in the old Gordon place, the face paint T.J. had on for his Halloween costume is missing.
  • Animation error: When Gretchen is telling Hector and Tubby that they need to act like proper first graders, her freckles are missing.
  • Animation error: When the B.O.E. members get out of their car and walk up to Principal Prickly, Gordy disappears for a frame.
  • Coloring/animation error: When Hector is asking politely for his ball back, Tubby's ear turns orange for a frame.
  • Coloring error: When Koreo went into the club, he was colored to look like Gelman.
  • Continuity error: Throughout the film, Jordan & Jerome were seen multiple times.
  • Coloring error: When Flo is shown using the camera, her headband is medium-brown.
  • Coloring error: Everytime The Ashleys appear with their casual outfits, Ashley T.'s collar is colored like the sleeves of her dress.

Trivia

  • As no new projects have been announced for the series as of 2019, this is the true series finale to Recess.
  • The ending of the movie is an allusion to the end of the intro.
  • This is the second and last time where 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 appearances 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. Detweiler 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.

Cast

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Media: Recess (Episode List) | Recess: School's Out | Recess: All Growed Down | Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade | Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street

Characters: T.J. Detweiler | Vince LaSalle | Ashley Spinelli | Mikey Blumberg | Gretchen Grundler | Gus Griswald | Captain Bradley | Cornchip Girl | The Diggers | Hustler Kid | Erwin Lawson | Miss Grotke | Muriel Finster | Becky Detweiler | Dr. Phillium Benedict | Menlo | Brock | Peter Prickly | Bald Guy | Butch | Ashley Armbruster | Ashley Boulet | Ashley Quinlan | Ashley Tomassian | Fenwick | Brandon the Singer | Gelman | King Bob | Chucko | Jocko | Randall Weems | King Freddy II | Chewy | Spencer | Swinger Girl | Upside-Down Girl | Gordy | Hector | Miss Lemon | Lunchlady Irma | Tubby | Jordan & Jerome | Flo Spinelli | Bob Spinelli | Guru Kid

Songs: Recess Theme Song | "We Shall Not Be Moved" | "Jingle Bells" (Recess Version) | "The Otter Dance" | Bonky Theme Song

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