Netflix is pouring on the nostalgia with the first trailer for the upcoming series The Magic School Bus Rides Again. The original Magic School Bus series aired on PBS from 1994-1997 and introduced kids to a world of science and adventure through the quirky teachings of Ms. Frizzle voiced by Lily Tomlin (who won a Daytime Emmy for her role). The animated show was originally based on a series of children's books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen.
The Netflix reboot, called The Magic School Bus Rides Again, features the voice talent of former SNL star and Ghostbusters scene-stealer Kate McKinnon. She is playing Ms. Frizzle's sister, Fiona - who is also known as Ms Frizzle. Tomlin will continue to provide the voice of the original Ms. Valerie Frizzle, who is now known as Professor Frizzle according to the trailer.
The trailer for The Magic School Bus Rides Again, released by Netflix, features Tomlin's original Ms. Frizzle symbolically handing over the keys of the bus to her sister. It then shows some of the wacky new adventures the class is going to get into including under sea and outer space exploits. (And of course the class pet, Liz the lizard makes an apperance.) The trailer also has the show's classic theme song, which was originally sung by Little Richard. This time around it is performed by none other than Hamilton and Moana song-writer and well known nerd Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Like like choker necklaces, Fuller House, and DuckTales all things '90s are making a comeback in a huge way. '90s kids are now millennial adults ready for the nostalgia of their youth - and Hollywood is more than ready to provide with everything from sequels of popular shows to revivals of movies like Jumanji and, of course, live-action adaptations of classic Disney animated films like Aladdin. It's a great way to get old fans excited about the things they used to love, while also updating the source material for a whole new generation of fans.
The Magic School Bus Rides Again has seemingly found a way to bridge this gap between nostalgia and something new. The show is a great way to introduce kids to science and get them excited about learning. For as many new fans as the new show will have, there undoubtedly will be people watching The Magic School Bus Rides Again who also grew up with its predecessor. It's nice, then, to see that this new show found a way to introduce a new teacher, while still allowing a place for the original Ms. Frizzle and her voice actress.
Hopefully, the Magic School Bus reboot will include celebrity guest stars (the original series featured appearances by Carol Channing, Ed Asner, Jessica Walter, and Edward James Olmos, to name a few), learning through fun, and a cast of interesting and diverse students - just like the original series had, too.
The Magic School Bus Rides Again premiere September 22nd on Netflix.