Seatbelts Everyone! Kate McKinnon Will Drive Netflix’s Magic School Bus


Kate McKinnon will voice Miss Frizzle on Netflix's new Magic School Bus series.

SNL’s Kate McKinnon will voice Ms. Frizzle on Netflix’s new Magic School Bus series

Netflix and Scholastic Media have revealed today that Kate McKinnon (SNL, Ghostbusters) will voice Ms. Frizzle on the upcoming new Magic School Bus series! The CG animated series offers reimagining of the show that proved a hit for kids’ television starting in the 1990s. Scholastic Media’s Emmy Award-winning creative team, led by Executive Producer Deborah Forte, is producing the new series, written for school-aged children.

The new series, titled The Magic School Bus Rides Again, features a modernized Ms. Frizzle and her class along with an inventive high-tech bus that invites children on high-flying hijinks that introduce the incredible world of science. Each new episode promises thrilling discoveries, heart-pounding explorations and relatable humor, while encouraging kids to think critically and creatively to answer questions and solve problems. The series also features the latest tech innovations such as robotics, wearables and camera technology to captivate children’s imaginations and motivate their interest in the sciences. The all-new episodes also leverage advancements in animation, science and technology in a way that will delight a new generation of young viewers, and like its predecessor, will help kids around the world discover the magic and value of exploration and innovation.

The original Magic School Bus animated series — which featured Lily Tomlin as Ms. Frizzle — was, in turn, based on the book series written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen.

Uniquely aligned with the global emphasis on STEM education, the new Magic School Bus series will showcase all fields of science, while embracing technology as a creative tool that supports learning and impacts daily life. The series provides an opportunity for kids to watch, learn and explore science, inspiring them to become active participants in the scientific process through the show’s adventures and fantastic discoveries.

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