Netflix and Scholastic Media have teamed up to launch a new original TV show based on The Magic School Bus.
The new CG series, called The Magic School Bus 360°, will be a ‘reimagining’ of the hit 1990s show, with 26 episodes launching on Netflix in 2016.
“The Magic School Bus revolutionised kids’ television through a unique and powerful blend of entertainment and science information," said Deborah Forte, president of Scholastic Media.
"We’re proud that it’s become an evergreen show that children and parents continue to watch together.
"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 show anytime, anywhere they want.”
The new series features a ‘modernised’ Ms. Frizzle along with an inventive high-tech bus that invites children on ‘high-flying hijinks’ that introduce the world of science.
The new episodes plan to use advancements in animation, science and technology to ‘delight a new generation of young viewers.’
“Scholastic Media is a powerhouse creator and producer of top-quality programming for kids and families and its flagship series like The Magic School Bus, Clifford The Big Red Dog and Goosebumps have been huge hits on Netflix in all our territories,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix.
“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 hijinks.”
Airing for 18 years in more than 39 countries, the original The Magic School Bus is the longest-running kids’ science series in history.