Scholastic Media announced today, via press release, that they will be re-launching the beloved 1990's children's cartoon, The Magic School Bus. The original series ran for 18 consecutive years and was seen in more than 39 countries. With those impressive statistics, The Magic School Bus holds the record for the longest-running kids' science series in history.
The new version will be re-imagined and called The Magic School Bus 360 Degrees. The show is scheduled for an initial offering of 26 episodes and will be featured on Netflix. The show is scheduled to go live in 2016. Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media said:
Our new rendition The Magic School Bus 360 degrees is a similarly compelling addition to the current landscape of children's programming and on Netflix is bound to reach more families around the world than ever before who will now be able to watch the show anytime, anywhere they want.Fear not, 90s kids, Mrs. Frizzle isn't going anywhere. The new rendition of the show will still feature wild Mrs. Frizzle and her escapades in learning via her "Magic School Bus." The new program will be animated with state-of-the-art computer animation by the Emmy Award-winning creative team at Scholastic Media. Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, notes that The Magic School Bus and other 90s programs already have high ratings on Netflix so the new series only makes sense.
Scholastic Media is a powerhouse creator and producer of top-quality programming for kids and families and its flagship series like The Magic School Bus, Clifford The Big Red Dog and Goosebumps have been huge hits on Netflix in all our territories. We're thrilled to expand our relationships and to be the first-run home of The Magic School Bus 360 degrees, introducing a whole new generation to Ms. Frizzle and her hijinks.The kid's television series was inspired by the bestselling Scholastic books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. In total, the books have sold over 85 million copies in nine different languages.
With the launch confirmed, Twitter and Facebook are lighting up with excited 90's kids who remember Mrs. Frizzle fondly.
Um... I think my inner child will turn me inside out if the new Magic School Bus happens along with Reading Rainbow. http://t.co/jWTvWRS1zl
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) June 12, 2014
Netflix bought the rights to Magic School Bus and Goosebumps. That makes me incredibly happy. http://t.co/mJcvLXO7ys — Logan Leger (@lleger) June 12, 2014Others are asking some more liberal questions:
ahh what if frizzle is official a lesbian in the magic school bus reboot!It seems that 90s nostalgia is popping up everywhere.
— pilot!!!!!!!!!! (@pilotbacon) June 11, 2014
What was your favorite episode of The Magic School Bus?