Feb 16, 2001
Rating: Not Yet Rated (G expected)
The school year is finally over, and TJ Detweiler is looking forward
to a fun-filled summer. Boredom quickly sets in however, until
he uncovers a scheme to do away with summer vacation! Former principal
Dr. Benedict, who once tried to eliminate recess from the school
day, now plans to use a laser beam to alter the weather and create
permanent winter. It sure would be tough to have to go to school
year-round, so TJ calls in all his friends for help. Just when
the kids appear to be facing their final test of strength against
the mad educator, the faculty joins together in order to help
save summer vacation.
M. Hannigan Brings Music to the Playground
music Composer Denis M. Hannigan scores Recess: School's Out.
The award-winning composer has written music for many of today's
most popular children's TV series including Recess, CatDog,
Rugrats, Beakman's World and Adventures in Wonderland.
score for Recess: School's Out covers the gamut from patriotic
with Kazoo-renditions of "Bridge Over the River Kwai"
and (officially sanctioned by Roy Disney) "When You Wish
Upon A Star." Besides remakes of classics, Hannigan also
produced and arranged several songs for the film and the album
soundtrack (released on Walt Disney Records) Including a new rendition
of the Lemon Pipers' hit "Green Tambourine," sung by
lounge legend Robert Goulet. He also recorded Operatic pieces
for the film.
Out, the feature film based on the top-rated Saturday morning
TV series, finds lead character TJ Detweiler (Andy Lawrence) left
with a lonely summer as all his friends go away to camp. Noticing
an eerie light emanating from the empty school, Detweiler decides
to investigate. His concerns dismissed as imagination by both
his parents and the local police, he turns to curmudgeonly Principal
Prickly (Dabney Coleman). After an electric storm dematerializes
the principal as he unlocks the school gate, TJ summons his friends
Spinelli, Mikey, Vince, Gretchen and Gus back from their camps
to help solve the mystery.
previous feature films include the animated CatDog and the
Great Parent Mystery as well as live action films The Girl
Nest Door, FoxHunt and The New Shaggy Dog. For
television, he has scored over 300 episodes, many honored with
Emmy, Cable Ace and other awards. Hannighan's extensive work reflects
his international musical background. The composer spent his early
years in China, where he became proficient in oriental musci and
woodwind instruments. He was a member of the famed musical group,
Mother Goose. Returning to the US, he spent several years studying
Latin music and other ethnic instruments, then to UCLA's Film
Scoring Program under the direction of Don B. Ray (Hawaii Five-O).
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