Seatbelts, Everyone! “The Magic School Bus” To Be Rebooted On Netflix


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To all the naysayers crowing that Netflix is in trouble of falling behind other streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix is hitting you right where it hurts: In the nostalgia family jewels.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the 90s, The Magic School Bus is coming back.

Netflix announced today that they are ordering a new series based on the original Magic School Bus series, which ran on PBS from 1994-1997, and was aired in Syndication on damn-near every kids network until 2012, most recently as part of children’s programming on the network “Qubo.”

The new program, which will be titled “The Magic School Bus 360°,” will use computer-generated animation and will start appearing on Netflix in 2016 with 26 half-hour episodes. TWENTY-SIX BRAND NEW EPISODES OF MAGIC SCHOOL BUS. Bear in mind, the original series was only 52 episodes, so they’re increasing the Bus-load of episodes by half of the original series. Pretty incredible.

Neither Scholastic nor Netflix discussed the terms of the deal, which follows Netflix’s 2013 acquisition of rights to a number of Scholastic television series, including the original The Magic School Bus,“Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Goosebumps.”

Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer of Netflix, called Magic School Bus the streaming service’s top educational show. “‘Magic School Bus,’ the old version, is remarkably popular on Netflix. It teaches science in a way that transcends generations. Parents trust it and kids love it.” He added that the new version will be “even more relevant and entertaining for today’s kids.”

According to the New York Times, “the new version will include a modernized teacher, Ms. Frizzle (voiced by Lily Tomlin in the original), who will take her class on flying trips on an updated bus. The young scientists will use newer scientific tools, such as robots or a smart suit worn by the character Carlos that determines his body’s vital signs instantly.”

I literally cannot wait a second longer for this show, and I’m in my early twenties and I have no children. Nor plans to make children. Nor any clue HOW to make children. Is there gonna be a “Magic School Bus 360° episode where they tell you where babies come from, or is that going to be reserved for #SchoolBusAfterDark?

Either way, I’m begging Netflix to bring back Lily Tomlin, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Ms. Frizzle in 1995, and they find someone as cool as Little Richard to record the new theme song. Or better yet, just keep Little Richard AND the old theme song. It’s so fucking iconic. If it’s not in your head right now…I apologize in advance for putting it in your head all day:

[via The New York Times]

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