Student Bodies

Despite sporting a title more befitting a porno flick, the syndicated "Student Bodies" is simply another low-intellect, high-testosterone teen comedy that's designed to hold real life at a safe distance. Like "Saved By the Bell" before it, it's adolescence as rendered by Norman Rockwell, depicting a lily-white high school unencumbered by gang warfare, drug abuse, racial division, social disease or even class consciousness. There must be a place like this on Neptune. The gimmick here is that we get to see the random thoughts of our clean-scrubbed preppie hero, Cody Miller (Jamie Elman), illustrated in animated snippets that play like a cartoony "Dream On." Cody then takes these inspirations and integrates them into an underground comic book that satirizes life at his Thomas A. Edison High School.

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Cast: Jamie Elman, Katie Emme, Jessica Goldapple, Ross Hull, Nicole Lyn, Mik Perlus, Victoria Sanchez, Erin Simms, Mark Taylor, Richard Kutras, Richard Azimov, Kerwin Jackson, Andrew Walker, Philip LeMaister.

It’s a swell creative device that unfortunately does little to advance a given story. If only the rest of “Student Bodies” was similarly innovative.

Show has nonetheless been faring well in pulling in the teen crowd since launching in September with its cast of living, breathing stereotypes who should qualify for some form of socially challenged disability.

Consider Saturday’s episode:

Cody is drafted to run for student body president by his wide-eyed, narrow-thinking pal Chris (Ross Hull) so he can quash the candidacy of his filthy-rich, snobby nemesis Victor (Mik Perlus). We likewise have the obligatory Jewish nerd character Stevie (Richard Azimov) — who has designs on higher student office himself — and the equally obligatory blond sex bomb, Morgan (Erin Simms), who isn’t so much a person as a Wonderbra.

The machinations are honestly too vapid to detail. Suffice it to say that anything resembling authentic human behavior is scarce in Eric Weinthal’s serviceably cheery script. Helmer Claude Maher tries vainly to tone down the broad characterizations.

Seen through teenage eyes, “Student Bodies” might prove an entertaining enough diversion with its frequent forays to Toontown. Alan Silberberg’s cartoon bridges show spunk and a quirky energy that deserve a smarter environment in which to thrive.

Student Bodies

Sat. (15), 11-11:30 a.m., KTTV

Production: Taped in Montreal, Quebec, by Telescene Film Group in association with Twentieth Television. Executive producers, Paul Painter, Michael Yudin, Michael Klinghoffer, Robin Spry; co-executive producer, John MacDonald; producer, Gary Plaxton; director, Claude Maher; writer, Eric Weinthal;

Crew: animation, Alan Silberberg; camera, Ernst Michel; editor, Valery Heroux; music, Stephane Deschamps; casting, Vera Miller, Rosina Bucci, Nadia Rona.

Cast: Cast: Jamie Elman, Katie Emme, Jessica Goldapple, Ross Hull, Nicole Lyn, Mik Perlus, Victoria Sanchez, Erin Simms, Mark Taylor, Richard Kutras, Richard Azimov, Kerwin Jackson, Andrew Walker, Philip LeMaister.

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