The Magic School Bus Rides Again With Kate McKinnon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, & Professor Frizzle

Netflix and Scholastic Media have dropped the first trailer for the revitalized animated series, The Magic School Bus Rides Again.

Based on The Magic School Bus book by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, the original educational animated series aired from 1994-1997. The Netflix revival, first announced back in 2014, features the Ms. Frizzle you knew and loved but as Professor Frizzle this time around. She’ll still voiced by Lily Tomlin who also stars on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie. Kate McKinnon picks up the lead as her younger sister Felicity Frizzle. And yes, those are the familiar tones of Hamilton and Moana’s Lin-Manuel Miranda singing the new theme song. I don’t know when he sleeps.

Bus, do your stuff! The kids are back at Walkerville School for another school year of astonishing, out-of-this-world field trips in this all-new reimagining of the iconic science-comedy-adventure series The Magic School Bus™.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again is set to start streaming on September 29th.

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  • WheelchairNinja

    https://media.giphy.com/media/6h4z4b3v6XWxO/giphy.gif

    Maybe Magic School Bus was too big a part of my childhood for me to see it objectively, but just like that redesigned VeggieTales series this just feels… wrong.

    • It…looks terrible.

      • WheelchairNinja

        Glad it’s not just me.

        • Yeah. The last couple days, I’ve been seeing clips from the Batman animated series and I’m amazed at how well it holds up, especially when they started leaning into the anime influence…but this…this is brand new and it looks like PBS did it thirty years ago.

          • WheelchairNinja

            Well I mean it’s simplified for computer animation now, right? All done with vectors in whatever replaced Flash (look, school was a while ago and my graphic design degree only barely touched animation) instead of hand-drawn characters in front of painted backgrounds? You see the same thing with the new Ducktales.

          • Oh my god, it does look like flash. God.

            I like the new Duck Tales, though. ; p The first episode…I am a grown ass man, but they had me at the episode title:

            “Woo-ooo!”