From beloved children’s books to an educationally delightful PBS show, The Magic School Bus has taken kids on wacky field trips that explore the human body, space, and beyond. Now Netflix is taking the show and giving it a reboot, with The Magic School Bus Rides Again.
For the reboot, Ms. Frizzle (Lily Tomlin) is giving the keys to her younger sister (voiced by Kate McKinnon). Even the theme song is getting revamped from the one any only Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Check out the first trailer for The Magic School Bus Rides Again below.
Netflix has been in the business of reviving and retooling shows, so this new revamped version of The Magic School Bus isn’t a huge surprise. The update here is that we get an SNL alum to teach us about the inner workings, and a Hamilton-creator to sing an updated version of the catchy theme song.
I can’t say I have fond memories of this show, but the animation seems derivative and subpar when compared to the original, and not up to the standards that we would see from a Netflix show. There’s no depth to it. But I suspect that animation wasn’t the biggest focus, as the show is meant to be more educational than it is eye-appealing.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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. But this year, there’s a new Frizzle (Kate McKinnon)! The younger sister of the famed Professor Frizzle (Lily Tomlin) has taken over the classroom! But worry not – the new Ms Frizzle shares her sister’s zany ways and passion for science. Field trips this year are wilder than ever, into the clouds, across the internet, riding the continents – even a plunge into the depths of the Sun itself! And along the way, the kids we know and love bring their science investigations into the 21st century – still taking chances, making mistakes and getting messy!
The Magic School Bus Rides Again premieres on Netflix on September 29, 2017.