Recess "The Break In" (partially found pitch pilot of Disney animated TV series; 1996)

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The pitch pilot's title card.

Status: Partially Found

The pilot of Recess, "The Break In", was originally produced in 1996 as a pitch to Disney to get the show onto television. The pilot had noticeably different animation and character designs than that seen in the series. After the series was picked up, they reanimated the show and updated the character designs before Disney aired the remade "The Break In".

The original pitch version of the pilot with the older designs and animation hasn't been released to the public. However, clips of it to appear on a "Sneak Peek" ABC Saturday Mornings promo on 1997 VHS releases of the live-action 101 Dalmatians film and "Doug's Birthday Blues" (and possibly on station IDs for certain ABC stations). Additionally, a piece of concept art for Vince's design as used in the pilot can be seen on "The Top Ten Secrets of Disney's Recess", a featurette included on the Recess: School's Out! DVD release.

According to Paul Germain, co-creator of the series, those clips were actually animated from the initial pitch animatic of the pilot which had the older storyboards and designs for the characters long before their final designs were set in stone. The selective scenes were animated by the promotional department at Disney, made specifically for the Saturday Morning promo and as such are the only ones that were animated. The original animatic has yet to be released though.[1]


The aforementioned sneak peek video, containing clips from the inital pitch animatic.

See Also


Disney Channel

Playhouse Disney

Disney Junior

Toon Disney

Disney XD