The Magic School Bus Rides Again

Ages: 4 - 8Manufacturer: Netflix/ Brown Bag Films

Miss Frizzle and her Magic School Bus students spent a good portion of the 1990’s tooling around astounding locales. In The Magic School Bus Rides Again, a reboot for 21st century kids, the original Miss Frizzle (Lily Tomlin, reprising her role from the ’90’s series) retires . . . but that doesn’t mean the Magic School Bus has reached the end of the route. She hands over the keys to her younger sister Fiona Frizzle (nicely voiced by Kate McKinnon), who embarks on more science-inspired adventures with the kids.

 

In the series premiere, the students return from summer vacation to find the change of the Frizzles. Despite initial concerns, they happily realize their fantastical field trips will continue. Need to shrink so you can float on top of a snowflake? Not a problem. Time-travel to explore the Stone Age? The Magic School Bus can do that, too.

 

As the new Miss Frizzle proves, getting up close and personal is the best way to indulge curiosity and learn the science supporting the world that surrounds us. The STEM-minded students learn about everything from volcanoes and ecosystems to oceans and atmosphere and thanks to clever storylines, young viewers will learn, too. Despite the fanciful plots and some wacky humor, science concepts never take a back seat. Expect 21st century nods to technology but overall, viewers will get the same kind of magic from this reboot that was evident in the original television series.

 

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

 

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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