Netflix has partnered with Scholastic to produce a “re-imagining” of the 1990s kids series The Magic School Bus.
The new series, titled The Magic School Bus 360°, will features a modernised Ms. Frizzle (voiced by Lily Tomlin in the original series) and her class along with an inventive high-tech bus that invites children on high-flying hi-jinks, that introduces the incredible world of science. The new series will utilise CG and other developments in animation.
Netflix have ordered 26 episodes of The Magic School Bus 360°, which will be available to stream from 2016 in all territories where the streaming service has a presence. Scholastic Media’s Deborah Forte, whose prior credits include The Magic School Bus and Goosebumps, is set as the showrunner. Award-winning director Chris Gilligan is also attached to the project.
“The Magic School Bus revolutionised kids’ television through a unique and powerful blend of entertainment and science information. We’re proud that it’s become an evergreen show that children and parents continue to watch together,” said Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media. “Our new rendition The Magic School Bus 360° is a similarly compelling addition to the current landscape of children’s programming and on Netflix is bound to reach more families around the world than ever before who will now be able to watch the programme anytime, anywhere they want.”
While Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, added: “Scholastic is a powerhouse creator and producer of top-quality programming for kids and families and its flagship series such as The Magic School Bus, Clifford The Big Red Dog and Goosebumps have been huge hits on Netflix in all our territories. We’re thrilled to expand our relationships and to be the first-run home of The Magic School Bus 360° introducing a whole new generation to Ms. Frizzle and her hi-jinks.”