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Netflix to reboot 'The Magic School Bus'

Netflix will begin streaming new episodes of 'The Magic School Bus' in 2016
'The Magic School Bus 360 Degrees' will ride onto Netflix in 2016; no word yet on whether Lily Tomlin is in

The popular children's animated series "The Magic School Bus" only produced 52 episodes over four seasons in the mid-1990s, but that was enough to earn it a Daytime Emmy award and near-continuous syndication ever since. Now Netflix is planning to bring back Ms. Frizzle in a souped-up new school bus for "The Magic School Bus 360 Degrees."

The streaming video service will premiere 26 episodes of the revamped series to be produced by Scholastic Media, which will feature new CG animation and a more hi-tech school bus. 

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FOR THE RECORD

A previous version of this post said the new episodes were a co-production between Netflix and Scholastic Media. Scholastic Media is producing the episodes, which will stream on Netflix.

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The original series promoted science education and the new series plans to do the same, focusing on the latest developments in science, including robotics, wearables and camera technology. All branches of science will be explored, as the series will focus on the current educational push in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). 

In the series, based on the book series of the same name, Ms. Frizzle takes kids on fantastical adventures through time and space with the help of a magical flying, shrinking and traveling school bus.

Lily Tomlin provided the voice for Ms. Frizzle and won a Daytime Emmy for the role. But it hasn't yet been announced whether she'll be returning for the new episodes.

All four seasons of the original "Magic School Bus" series are streaming on Netflix, with the new episodes joining them sometime in 2016.

 

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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