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Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, "Recess: School's Out" brings to the big screen in an all-new feature-length adventure the characters of "Disney's Recess," the anchor of the "Disney's One Saturday Morning" lineup on ABC and the top-rated series within the "Disney's One Too" slate, airing Sunday-through-Friday on UPN and in syndication. Created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere, "Disney's Recess" premiered in 1997 and quickly became the most popular half-hour in the line-up. With the vocal talents of James Woods and Melissa Joan Hart added to those of the six kids who rule the playground at Third Street School, the film began production with Chuck Sheetz directing, and Stephen Swofford producing. Jonathan Greenberg wrote the screenplay. Eric Keyes served as art director.

David Stainton, executive vice president of Walt Disney Television Animation, says, "This show's unique blend of humor appeals to both parents and children, and I'm proud to have a movie that everybody can enjoy. Paul and Joe did an amazing job letting us into the sophisticated world of fourth-graders."

"We're all extremely proud of ‘Recess' and ‘Recess: School's Out,'" says Barry Blumberg, executive vice president of Walt Disney Television Animation. "From the time we began the development process on the series five years ago, Paul and Joe never lost the integrity and sense of fun that they bring to ‘Recess.' They know this world and these characters so well, and they never stray from the notions they want to present. Making a movie with these guys is a real thrill."

Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere first met in film school at UCLA, where Joe earned his Master's of Arts degree. A few years later, Paul and Joe worked together on Nickelodeon's hit animated series "Rugrats," which Paul co-created with Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo. After the show completed its Emmy-winning initial run in 1993, Paul and Joe decided to join forces. In 1996, they created "Disney's Recess" for ABC.

"‘Rugrats' was about pre-school, and we wanted to talk about the next phase of childhood: elementary school," remembers Joe. "We started thinking about it, and one day, one of us just said, ‘The playground.' You've seen a lot of stuff about school and it's always about the teacher and what's going on in the classroom, but most of what I remember from those days happened out on the playground at recess.

"We wanted to do an ensemble piece," Joe continues, recalling some of the great sitcoms of the 1970s. Many of those shows centered on the workplace, "where, as adults, you make your friends. You and they don't necessarily have that much in common, but because you share the same situation, you unite around people who complement your abilities and your skills and your point of view." For Joe and Paul, the playground presented a similar situation for kids.

To direct the series, Joe and Paul hired Chuck Sheetz, an animator who was just coming into his own as a director. "We were looking for a director on the series, and Chuck was recommended over and over by different people. We'd call people and they'd say, ‘Do you know Chuck Sheetz?' And we'd call the next person, and they'd say, ‘Do you know Chuck Sheetz?' Eventually he came in and we just immediately hit it off."

Taking on the role of art director was Eric Keyes, who had known Paul and Joe from the "Rugrats" days. "He had developed artwork for me on another project, and I just thought he was great," Paul remembers. "Luckily, he was available, and we brought him in to do this, and he did a fantastic job for us."

For their educational advisor, Paul and Joe relied on Dr. John Arnold of North Carolina State University. Unlike many

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