The Magic School Bus Rides Again

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The Magic School Bus Rides Again
The Magic School Bus Rides Again.jpg
Genre Adventure, Children's, Educational
Based on The Magic School Bus
by Joanna Cole
Bruce Degen
Voices of
Theme music composer Peter Lurye
Opening theme "Ride on the Magic School Bus", performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Scholastic Entertainment
9 Story Media Group
Distributor Netflix
9 Story Media Group
Original network Netflix
Original release September 29, 2017 – present
Preceded by The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus Rides Again is a Canadian-American animated children's television 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 series premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017.[1] The second season premiered on April 13, 2018.


In a sequel to the original 1994–97 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.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Kate McKinnon as Miss Fiona Felicity Frizzle[2]
  • Lily Tomlin as Professor Valerie Felicity Frizzle, Ph. D.
  • Miles Koseleci-Vieira as Arnold Perlstein
  • Lynsey Pham as Wanda Li
  • Mikaela Blake as Keesha Franklin
  • Gabby Clarke as Dorothy Ann Rourke[3]
  • Leke Maceda-Rustecki as Carlos Ramon[4]
  • Matthew Mintz as Ralphie Tennelli
  • Birva Pandya as Jyoti Kaur
  • Kaden Stephen as Tim

Guest Stars[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  • Will Arnett as Galapagos Gil (Frizzle of the Future)
  • Mae Jemison as Kathy K. Kuiper (Space Mission: Selfie)
  • Sandra Oh as Dr. Sarah Bellum (Ralphie Strikes a Nerve)

Season 2[edit]

Additional Voices[edit]


Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. in
TitleTopicDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Frizzle of the Future"EcosystemRichard WestonJohn May & Suzanne BolchSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
It's a new year in Walkerville Elementary as a brand new teacher arrives to make field trips more fun. However, Arnold is nervous that the new teacher, Ms. Frizzle's Sister, will alter the class ecosystem.
22"Pigs in the Wind"EngineeringRichard WestonMike McPhadenSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
33"In the Swim"Fish AdaptationsRichard WestonJohn May & Suzanne BolchSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
44"The Battle for Rock Mountain"Rock Cycle (Rock Layers/Fossils & Erosion)Richard WestonJohn May & Suzanne BolchSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
55"The Magnetic Mambo"MagnetismRichard WestonJennifer DaleySeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
66"Carlos Gets the Sneezes"AllergiesRichard WestonGeorge Arthur BloomSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
In a throwback to "Inside Ralphie", Carlos brings a rat as the class pet, but then he starts sneezing uncontrollably. As Miss Fiona and the class investigate inside Carlo's immune system, they find that Carlos is being exposed to something that is giving him allergies. At first, they believe it's the rat, but later they discover it was pollen that got stuck in the rat's fur.
77"Hides and Seeks"CamouflageRichard WestonBetty QuanSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
88"Three in One"Solid, Liquid & VaporRichard WestonJocelyn StevensonSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
99"Space Mission: Selfie"SatellitesRichard WestonMike McPhadenSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
1010"The Tales Glaciers Tell"IceRichard WestonStory by : Josh Gal
Teleplay by : Jocelyn Stevenson, John May & Suzanne Bolch
September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
1111"Ralphie Strikes a Nerve"NervesRichard WestonBernice VanderlaanSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
1212"Monster Power"Different Kinds of PowerRichard WestonMerrill HaganSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
1313"DA and the Deep Blue Sea"Ocean ZonesRichard WestonEvan Thaler HickeySeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleTopicDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
141"The Land Before Tim"FossilsRichard WestonBrian HartiganApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
152"Claw and Order"Bird FeaturesRichard WestonJennifer DaleyApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
163"Ghost Farm"HarvestingRichard WestonMike McPhadenApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
174"Nothin' But Net"Computer CodesRichard WestonJohn May & Suzanne BolchApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
185"I Spy with my Animal Eyes"EyesRichard WestonEmma KassirerApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
196"Ready, Set, Fail!"Engineering Process & Failures Lead to SuccessRichard WestonEvan Thaler HickeyApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
207"The Good, the Bad, and the Gnocchi"Simple MachinesRichard WestonBernice VanderlaanApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
218"Send in the Clouds"CloudsRichard WestonMike McPhadenApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
229"Ralphie and the Flying Tennellis"Using Math in Real Life ScenariosRichard WestonJohn May & Suzanne BolchApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
2310"Tim and the Talking Trees"Plant & Animal Communication/InteractionRichard WestonNathalie YounglaiApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
2411"Waste Not, Want Not"Utilizing Waste/FertilizationRichard WestonEvan Thaler HickeyApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
2512"Janet's Mystery Gene"DNARichard WestonBernice VanderlaanApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
2613"Making Magic"SunRichard WestonSuzanne Bolch, John May & Mike McPhadenApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)


In 2014, the series was first announced by Netflix and Scholastic Media, and was entitled The Magic School Bus 360°.[6] The new iteration of the franchise features a modernized "Ms. Frizzle" (replacing Valerie with her younger sister Fiona) and a high-tech bus that stresses modern inventions such as robotics, wearables and camera technology. The hope is to captivate children's imaginations and motivate their interest in the sciences.[7] It was produced by 9 Story Media Group.[8] Producer Stuart Stone, who voiced Ralphie in the original series, stated that The Magic School Bus 360° will feature some of the original voice actors in different roles. The show's voice cast is based in Los Angeles, California, United States and Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Susan Blu as the Los Angeles voice director and Alyson Court as the Toronto voice director.[9] In February 2017, Netflix announced that Kate McKinnon was cast in the role of Ms. Frizzle (without clarifying it was Fiona, the younger sister of Valerie, now Professor Frizzle, still voiced by Tomlin). The series then changed its name to The Magic School Bus Rides Again.[10] Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton sings the theme song.[11] Phoebe Terese, a character from the original series, is replaced by a new student named Jyoti, as it was revealed that Phoebe transferred back to her old school.[12][13] The series was released on Netflix on September 29, 2017.[1] The second season was released on April 13, 2018 in association with Nelvana, which also worked on the original series.[14]

The show is Flash animated unlike the original series that is traditionally-animated. Despite its second season made with Nelvana, the entire Flash-animated show is made with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Animate (formerly Adobe Flash) and Adobe Photoshop.


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  10. ^ Serrao, Nivea (2017-02-09). "Kate McKinnon to voice Ms. Frizzle in Netflix's 'Magic School Bus' revival". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-07-27. Netflix has found its Ms. Frizzle! Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) will be voicing the beloved animated teacher in the Magic School Bus reboot
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  12. ^ "'The Magic School Bus Rides Again' brings new magic to a familiar set of wheels". 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  13. ^ Writers: May, John & Bolch, Suzanne Director: Weston, Richard (September 29, 2017). "Frizzle of the Future". The Magic School Bus Rides Again. Season 1. Episode 1. Netflix.
  14. ^ "Scarface, The Iron Giant, Seven coming to Netflix in April". 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-03-21.

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