Great news, Ms. Frizzle fans! Netflix plans to bring back the coolest science teacher in the universe. Children of the 90s will know her as “The Magic School Bus” teacher with fiery red hair, amazing dresses to match every lesson plan and, of course, a really magical bus.
As a child, I dreamed of being a part of one of Ms. Frizzle’s adventures. I had secret hopes as I boarded my own school bus that it would take me to outer space or inside Ralphie’s stomach. It never did, but Frizzle and her class of beloved misfits inspired in me a love of learning, exploration and science.
Now, a whole new generation of kids will get to experience the wonder and magic of Ms. Frizzle and her class when Netflix reboots the series later this year.
The reboot was first announced in 2014, and fans have been anxiously waiting for the new-and-improved digitally-animated version. Producer Stu Stone (who also voiced Ralphie on the original series) recently spoke with TMZ to share a few details and get us even more excited. As if that’s possible!
Stone promises a return of several familiar voices and, just like in the original, lots of celebrity guests. In fact, he told TMZ there are tons of cameos planned. “I know that there are big stars who want to be involved in this,” he said. “And there’s a whole generation of people who grew up on this series that want to be a part of it now that it’s back.”
The reboot, like the original, will be produced by Scholastic Media and will be called The Magic School Bus 360. In addition to new cameos from some of today’s biggest stars, expect the bus itself to get some serious modern upgrades.
And, no doubt this magic bus could use it. I have introduced my own kids to “The Magic School Bus” via the oldie-but-goodie episodes available on Netflix. And, while it is still awesome, we’ve had some serious advances in technology and science in the last 20 years. Just think—when these episodes first aired, we didn’t have Google or Siri, most people didn’t even own a cell phone and Pluto was still a planet.
New science, new bus, same great Ms. Frizzle. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the first adventure.