The Magic School Bus Rides Again

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The Magic School Bus Rides Again
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"Please let this be a normal field trip." With the new Friz? No way!
Genre: Adventure
Children's
Educational
Running Time: 26 minutes
Country: Canada
United States
Release Date: September 29, 2017-present
Network(s): Netflix
Qubo (2020-2021)
Created by: Joanna Cole
Bruce Degen
Distributed by: Netflix
9 Story Media Group
Starring: Kate McKinnon
Lily Tomlin
Miles Koseleci-Vieira
Lynsey Pham
Mikaela Blake
Gabby Clarke
Leke Maceda-Rustecki
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26 (3 specials)
Previous show: The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus Rides Again is a Canadian-American animated children's series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It also serves as a continuation of the 1994–97 PBS Kids series The Magic School Bus, with Lily Tomlin reprising her role as Ms. Frizzle. The show premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017. The second season premiered on April 13, 2018. After season 2, the series went on hiatus. In 2020, three 45-minute specials, "Kids in Space", "The Frizz Connection", and "In the Zone", were released. They were dedicated to Joanna Cole, the author of the original books, who passed away that year.

The series made its linear debut on Qubo on November 1, 2020 and aired until the channel was shut down on February 28, 2021.

Plot

In a sequel to the original series, Valerie Frizzle retires from teaching and passes the keys of the Magic School Bus over to her younger sister, Fiona Frizzle, to embark on new adventures with her class. As they journey on their exciting new field-trips, they discover new locations, creatures, time periods and more to learn about the wonders of science, educating young viewers along the way.

Bad Qualities

  1. Ms. Frizzle isn't in the series that much anymore. She's been replaced by her sister, Fiona; while the idea of a legacy character is not a bad idea, the problem is that Fiona is a poor substitute of the original character.
  2. Abysmal and awful writing.
  3. The flash animation is limited, simplistically awful and dreadful. Occasionally, some animation frames are missing. Making it even worse is that the original press release said the series would be animated in CGI.
  4. Tries way too hard to be hip and cool towards kids. One episode, "Space Mission: Selfie", is centered around selfies, hence its title.
  5. Unnecessary removal of characters like Phoebe, who was one of the main characters in the original show.
  6. Speaking of which, Phoebe has been replaced by a new character named Jyoti, who is a "perfect" character with little to no flaws and little personality to speak of.
  7. The character designs are cheap, plain, bland, and lazy. All the kids have the same faces and torsos as each other and the characters look nothing like they did in the original show, especially Arnold and Tim.
  8. There is an entire episode centered around feces.. No joke. It's called "Waste Not, Want Not", same goes to the original series episode "For Lunch" where they enter to the large intestine in Arnold's body.
  9. The voice acting can be very bland at times, particularly in the beginning of the opening theme where Arnold's voice actor delivers the famous line, "Please let this be a normal field trip!" rather dully.
  10. Some of the concepts can be good, but they get wasted due to the poor writing.

Good Qualities

  1. The voice acting is usually good, with some of the characters still retaining their roles. Even Amos Crawley (who voiced Arnold in Season 1) and Stuart Stone (who voiced Ralphie), both from the original 1994 series, return as other characters. There are also other well-known names such as Kate McKinnon and Will Arnett in the cast.
  2. It retains the theme song from the original series (and a nicely redone version sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda), as well as the opening being an homage to the original series; it is commonly speculated that the series had to use Flash instead of CGI due to the budget being blown on getting Miranda to sing the theme song, though there is no proof to back this up.
  3. The adventures they go on are somewhat enjoyable.
  4. At least most of the characters from the original show return, despite the fact that they look completely different.
  5. Despite the removal of Phoebe, there is a valid explanation as to why she is absent from the series. Reason being that Phoebe went back to her old school, which is why she is replaced by Jyoti. But at the same time, this reason is poor as Phoebe was happy in Miss Frizzle's class.
  6. The show's three specials, "Kids in Space", "The Frizz Connection", and "In the Zone" are improvements over the show with decent and better-looking animation (although the character designs from the show still remain). They also paid tribute to Joanna Cole, the author of the original books, who died in 2020.

Reception

The Magic School Bus Rides Again has a 6.2/10 on IMDb. Despite the mixed ratings, The Magic School Bus Rides Again was critically panned by fans of the original for its animation, stories, writing, characters, unnecessary removal of characters from the original show (most notably Phoebe), and the dumbing-down of the Magic School Bus.

Trivia

  • This was the only Netflix show to air on Qubo before the channel ceased broadcasting on February 28, 2021.

Comments


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EijiZeBoi

18 months ago
Score 14
Tbh this show isn't that bad. It's just not as good as the original.
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FreezingTNT

17 months ago
Score 1
I consider this show "okay".
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Rockman138

14 months ago
Score 0
Not worth looking at...
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Nihirichan

14 months ago
Score 3
This makes me think about the Smosh parody of MSB. Me and my bro legit thought it was gonna be a real movie. Even if it was true to its words, it would've been a better MSB spinoff than this.
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Paprika

13 months ago
Score 0
I would have loved a spinoff like that despite obviously not being intended for the original audience.
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Mbad3

11 months ago
Score 1
Is this supposed to be a reboot or continuation of the original? Also, does the new teacher wear bizarrely themed dresses as well?
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Mr. Dready

11 months ago
Score 0
I'm not familiar with Magic School Bus, the only thing i did was played the Magic School Bus: Explores the Human Body game.
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LeroyManTheFirst

9 months ago
Score -6
Only Nostalgia-Tards hate this show.
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HellLord

8 months ago
Score 0
[insert Stimpy screaming from Aloha Hoëk here]
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HellLord

8 months ago
Score 0
People that hate this show are not nostalgia tards
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Mbad3

4 months ago
Score -1
Only Nostalgia-Tards like this show.
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Azure09

7 months ago
Score 0
I sure do hope this is not a preschool show, then we're going to have to delete the page.
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Trevor807

7 months ago
Score 0
It isn’t. It’s more for edutainment.
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Mbad3

4 months ago
Score 0
I think preschool shows are now allowed on this wiki, as they should be...
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Trevor807

7 months ago
Score 0
Unless you count her cameos as Professor Frizzle.
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I have no idea

7 months ago
Score 0
Isn't this a niche audience show?
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Trevor807

7 months ago
Score 0
Not all edutainment shows are niche.
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Ivan97Miraheze

6 months ago
Score 0
Family Guy looks absolutely nothing like that.
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Jclem05

5 months ago
Score 0
I've seen that poop episode.
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Th548

3 months ago
Score 0
Why would someone compare the animation to Vyond?
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DarkMatterMan4500

3 months ago
Score 0
It's an awful comparison if you ask me.
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Th548

2 months ago
Score 0
This version is crud! I actually hate the new version of the song while I prefer the old one. The animation is also lackluster.
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Poporikopo

2 months ago
Score 0
This show for me is a meh
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Jeffy-Shirt

one day one hour ago
Score 0
I don't even have a TRUE reason why niche audience shows aren't allowed here :(
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NJPet

one day 58 minutes ago
Score 0
Because of lack of quality control.

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