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The theme song of Disney's 1990s animated television series Recess. It was composed by Kevin Quinn and Randy Petersen.


The song first begins in F Major and ends in C Major. It became a military-tinged instrumental.


It is 10:00 AM, and the bell rings. The series' logo appears. All of the children at Third Street School barge out of the school doors. Then, Miss Finster and Randall came out. The Recess Gang steps on the playground, and T.J. nods to them, which they go out and do their stuff. Gus chews a piece of gum in his mouth, but then when he blew a bubble, it all splatters in his face. He then knocks down the ball bin, and Miss Finster runs to get it, as Principal Prickly looks out of the window, suspicious of what Miss Finster is running after. The ball bin goes over the heads of the diggers, Dave and Sam, and they examine each other. Then the ball bin drops. Vince kicks a ball so high, it goes up into the sky. Meanwhile, T.J. is shuffling and dealing cards out to other people, while Randall is taking notes of what people are doing. Spinelli then taps him getting ready to punch, and he runs away like a scaredy-cat. Spinelli then gets Randall's notebook. Gretchen is making up a potion. When she mixes the two liquids together, one of them bubbles up. While Mikey is making himself a sandwich, he shoves it down his mouth, then burps so hard that his shirt briefly comes off.

Meanwhile, the kindergartners are climbing up a pole with the Swinger Girl. While two of King Bob's guards holds an innocent boy up. King Bob gives a thumbs down, and then his minions go somewhere with the boy. Upside-Down Girl looks like she's right side-up, but the camera reveals that she is hanging upside-down. Along with some dodgeballs rolling. Hustler Kid is giving Phil and two other people deals while a dodgeball rolls through them. Gus then runs to a mysterious shadow, which reveals to be the dodgeball falling from the sky, probably the one that Vince threw. It then lands on Gus' gum patch. T.J. takes the ball from Gus' gum patch, then Miss Finster takes the ball from T.J., then looks at the screen. The other characters then look at the screen. Then Miss Finster tells the gang to go inside. When they finally go inside after recess is over, Miss Finster is closing the doors, but T.J. comes out to wave at the screen, then Miss Finster closes the doors, thus revealing who created the show, and ending the theme song.


  • Unlike various shows, Recess has its title at the beginning of the intro, but other shows have it at the end of the intro.
    • Another thing that is unique about the theme song is that it does not have singing, which is similar to The Simpsons.
  • Gus' yell was re-used in "King Gus", "Gus' Last Stand", and "Gus and Misdemeanors".
  • Randall's scream is actually from T.J. screaming and fearing about his new and ruined ball in "The Kid Came Back".
  • The theme song marks Principal Prickly's first appearance, although unnamed; he was mentioned in "The Break In", the first episode, and eventually appearing as a named character in ''The Great Jungle Gym Standoff".



Disney's Recess (Opening Theme)



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