Following in the footsteps of the recently rebooted "Reading Rainbow," "The Magic School Bus" is the latest beloved children's TV show to get a makeover.
Netflix has acquired the rights to "The Magic School Bus 360°, a computer-animated show in the vein of the '90s original, which followed quirky teacher Ms. Frizzle, who took her students on fantastical journeys -- including through the human body and into space -- using the titular vehicle. The new "School Bus" is set to feature a modernized version of Ms. Frizzle, as well as updated technology, "such as robots or a smart suit worn by the character Carlos that determines his body's vital signs instantly," according to the New York Times.
The 26-episode series is Netflix's first foray into original programming of its recently acquired Scholastic Media properties, which also include "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and "Goosebumps." Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said "School Bus" is the streaming service's top-rated educational show, and the series "teaches science in a way that transcends generations."
That teaching aspect is what made a "School Bus" update so appealing, said Scholastic Media present Deborah Forte, who told the Times that the series's adventures allow for "the process of learning science through collaboration and experimentation and discovery, through active learning," something vital to today's children.
"The Magic School Bus 360°" will debut on Netflix sometime in 2016.
Our wishes have been answered! "The Magic School Bus" was on our list of kids shows we would like to see revived. Check out more children's programs we want to see back to TV here:
[via: The New York Times]