Picks and Pans Review: Student Bodies

updated 12/15/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/15/1997 01:00AM

Syndicated (check local listings)

C-

This teen series combines fairly clever animation with stock stories in an unwieldy format. Cody (Jamie Elman) is the artist for a comic book alternative to the official student newspaper. As his friends go about their misadventures, the show cuts from live action to the pictures in Cody's head. Unfortunately, all the imagination—along with most of the budget—seems to have gone into the cartoons. The trite plot of the holiday episode (airing Dec. 20-21) finds the students putting on an emergency fund-raiser to soften the impact of school budget cuts. There are promises that Tony Bennett will perform, but the expected cameo never pans out. Tony, we hear, was snowed in at the airport. Weak excuse, kids.

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