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Recess: All Growed Down

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Schoolyard animation has positive messages, some bullying.

Movie G 2003 61 minutes
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This Disney direct-to-video animation is another welcome addition to the series. Recess: All Growed Down is the third movie featuring the Recess gang, following its successful TV run. The film is a compilation of three previously aired episodes -- told via flashback -- intertwined with a new story that centers around the kidnapping of fourth grader T.J. and his five friends. If that sounds somewhat sinister, don't worry. The kidnappers are in fact all from kindergarten and this setup enables the film to play out is list of positive messages about friendship, standing up to bullies, and understanding that we all get older. The premise works well and the kids are never under any serious threat. It also provides an amusing Apocalypse Now narration that will amuse adults familiar with the film.

As with previous Recess outings, playground politics and the school hierarchy are all on display. While these often play up to stereotypes -- the nerdy kid is all glasses and books, while the larger kid is last to be picked for the running race -- they, for the most part, are all challenged. The interweaving of the three episodes with the new story loses its way a little in the final act. But by that point, T.J. and the rest of the Recess crew have once again proved to be good company.

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