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Netflix orders 'Magic School Bus' reboot

By Will Ashton,

Thanks to Netflix, another '80s children phenomenon is going to be making a return to the public spotlight. The website has just revealed that they are going to be making a new version of the classic Magic School Bus series, which is currently titled The Magic School Bus 360°.

The New York Times reported the site's plans to bring back the learning show, noting that Netflix has ordered 26 episodes. They will begin showing up on the site in 2016. Once again, the show will follow Ms. Fizzle as she takes her students upon a variety of wacky, educational-based adventures in various places and times.

While the original was hand-drawn animation, however, this new show will be CG, with modernized versions of Ms. Fizzle and the bus...whatever that means. Also updated will be the technology used by the students, according to the Times.

Based upon a series of children's books in the '80s, The Magic School Bus was turned into a TV series in 1994 on PBS, with Lily Tomlin providing the voice of Ms. Fizzle. No word has been released as to whether or not Tomlin will be continuing to play her part on the show.

While the original series only last a couple years, episode continue to play in re-runs on stations like Qubo and others, and the older episodes are also available on Netflix, who acquired the rights to the program last year. Considering that they have brought the series back, it would suggest that re-runs of the program do extremely well on their platform.

Magic School Bus, the old version, is remarkably popular on Netflix,” Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix told The New York Times. “It teaches science in a way that transcends generations.”

This news just comes a couple weeks after LeVar Burton was able to use Kickstarter to bring back his beloved children's series Reading Rainbow back for a new generation of children.

 
 

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