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Netflix Orders 'Magic School Bus' Series for 2016

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 11, 2014 at 11:42AM

Children of the 90s, rejoice: the "Magic School Bus" is returning for more passengers.
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Magic School Bus

Children of the 90s, rejoice: the "Magic School Bus" is returning for more passengers.  The New York Times reports that Netflix has ordered a new series based on the Scholastic Media property, part of the streaming service's continued push into original content geared towards children.

The new show will be called "The Magic School Bus 360°" and is set to be produced using CG animation, not traditional hand-drawn techniques like its 1990s predecessor.  Twenty-six half hour episodes will go live on the site sometime in 2016.

Last year, Netflix acquired the rights to a host of Scholastic properties, including "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and "Goosebumps."  "The Magic School Bus" is a sensible early step into the market for Netflix (before it branches out, no doubt, with more children's book-based programming): the longest-running children's science program, it was shown in some 39 countries.

We expect that the "360°" version of the bus will undergo some modernizing--and there's no word as to whether Lily Tomlin will reprise her role as Ms. Frizzle, the show's unforgettable schoolteacher.  

Last year, Netflix premiered its first original series for kids: "Turbo F.A.S.T.," a series from DreamWorks Animation based on the studio's eponymous feature from last year.  But "The Magic School Bus 360°" is something different: a show based on a well-known, beloved property, and a venture into the educational space.  Not surprisingly, Netflix continues to stick its fingers in many pies, no doubt waiting to taste its next sweet hit.

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