As we drive into 2017, the latest trends continue to send us on a blast from the past. Entertaining trends such as Fuller House, the Nintendo NES Mini, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (more on the game here), and Bill Nye the Science Guy have been making their comebacks just decades later. Nostalgia is one of the key selling points for many of these trends, aiming to tap into the millennial/generation-X audiences. Businesses are still generating new content for the present year, yet some of them look into history to deliver better content. One TV program, a favorite among children during the 90s, is making a comeback this year.
Get ready to buckle your seat-belts, because The Magic School Bus is coming back! Netflix plans to reboot the popular PBS kids series The Magic School Bus later this year. Ms. Frizzle, as well as her students of Walkerville Elementary, are returning to the bus for some more wacky trips. The rebooted series will feature upgraded computer animation for the new episodes. Other than the new animation, the Magic School bus itself will be equipped with some modern gadgets (at my old school, we NEVER thought that a school bus needed a GPS to figure out where to pick up the kids!).
Stu Stone (guy that voiced Ralphie back in the 90s) became a producer on the show and promises a slew of celebrities for the show. Celebrity cameos were actually a major part of the series since it began. Some notable celebrities that were on the show include Edward James Olmos, Swoosie Kurtz, Eartha Kitt, Carol Channing, Dolly Parton, Malcolm McDowell, Rosalind Chao, and Dan Marino. No cameos have been announced yet for the rebooted series, but Stone mentioned that many celebrities want to get in on the rebooted project.
The Magic School Bus leaped into major success when it released, being among one of the highest rated PBS shows for kids. As a matter of fact, Lily Tomlin (voice of Ms. Frizzle) won an Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for her role in 1996. Now you can enjoy all 4 seasons of The Magic School Bus right on Netflix. At my old school, we NEVER used Netflix to watch TV!
This was SO awesome to hear that The Magic School Bus is coming back as a rebooted series! It was one of my favorite cartoons I loved watching after coming home from Doyon School. Some of the best times at Doyon School revolved around watching The Magic School Bus and ‘learning’ about the fun lessons they teach during the episode. The Magic School Bus was a great part of my childhood and I’m excited to see other kids start watching the series as well.
Science has always been one of my favorite subjects in school and The Magic School Bus teaches you science in a humorous, yet intelligent way. It really is an amazing cartoon that teaches you the very fundamentals of how science works. From energy to dinosaurs, The Magic School Bus provides fun lesson on a particular topic of science. Hopefully they’ll cover some science topics that are trending in the 21st century (imagine if The Magic School Bus took a trip inside a cannabis plant to explain how cannabis works? That would make for an AWESOME episode!).
I don’t have any other details on the reboot, but I’m excited to see what’s to come. All that’s left is to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!