‘Recess’ makes a break for bigscreen

Toon graduates, helmer sez experience is 'really great'

School was in session on the playground Saturday at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater for the premiere of Disney’s “Recess: School’s Out” with the after-school party at El Cap’s Entertainment Center.

Andy Lawrence, voice of hero T.J. Detweiler, essayed on the difference between on-camera acting and pure voicing: “It’s different from anything else I’ve ever done. It’s the easiest thing — and the most difficult. You have to put all the emotion in your voice, you can’t use any physical expressions.”

Sounding like a proud papa on graduation day was Disney TV Animation exec VP Barry Blumberg, who noted, “This is the first show at Walt Disney TV Animation that has graduated” to the bigscreen.

Blumberg added that it has been a rewarding experience to work “over the past five years with the producers” and talent of the TV cartoon show, particularly in “watching the way the kids in the cast have grown up,” both as youngsters and actors.

Echoing that sentiment was director Chuck Sheetz: “Everything else (he and the crew) have done up to now has been TV, so hearing the audience laugh (en masse, not just one at a time in front of a TV) is really great.”

Saying “here” when roll was taken were Disney topper Michael Eisner;execs Bob Iger, Stu Bloomberg, Dick Cook, Oren Aviv, Brett Dicker, Chris Montan and David Stainton; co-creators Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere; exec producer Stephen Swofford; pic’s voice talents April Winchell, Ashley Johnson, Courtland Mead, Rickey D’Shon Collins, Jason Davis and Pamela Segall Adlon; writer Jonathan Greenberg; composer Denis Hannigan; and guests Sela Ward, Tom Arnold, Joseph Lawrence, Mimi Rogers, Regina King, Dylan and Cole Sprouse and Alan Thicke.