Saturday morning animated series from co-creators of Comedy Central’s “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” tries hard to put science into an entertaining format. Perhaps they try too hard. Although it’s occasionally witty, premiere episode seems very complicated for youngsters; it’s no “Mr. Wizard.”
Most action takes place in Science Court, “Where science is law, and scientific thinking rules.” Presiding is Judge Stone, voiced (and evidently somewhat ad-libbed) by comic Paula Poundstone.
In this episode, I.M. Richman (Jon Benjamin) sues Pip Peterson (Nadette Stasa), owner of Pip Peterson’s Pipes, for defective merchandise — a Pip Peterson pipe leaked on him, Richman charges, in a hot and humid subway station. All of which leads to explanation of the “water cycle” of evaporation and condensation, stretched to fill 22 minutes or so.
Series regulars include Richman’s attorney Doug Savage, voiced by co-creator Bill Braudis (“Let’s not forget the victim in this case,” he declaims grandly. “That guy over there — Mr. Whatshisname”); scientifically minded attorney Alison Krempel (Paula Plum); and slow-typing, dimwitted Stenographer Fred (Fred Stoller). “This is the kind of case a stenographer dreams about,” Fred enthuses to TV reporter Jen Betters (Jennifer Shulman). “It’s got everything. It’s got pipes, it’s got water, plumbing ”
So much water, in fact, that virtually the entire courtroom is forced to take a bathroom break before the trial is finished.
Animation is in Tom Snyder Prods.’ trademarked “Squigglevision” process, familiar to “Dr. Katz” viewers — and the compulsively jittery.