9:17am PT by Ashley Lee
Netflix Announces Animated Series Based on Scholastic's 'Magic School Bus'
The Magic School Bus is heading back to television -- Netflix and Scholastic Media announced Wednesday that a new, original series based on the kids' science series will bow in 2016.
The Magic School Bus 360° will be a computer-generated reimagining of the 1990s show, complete with 26 episodes that star a modernized Ms. Frizzle and her students. They'll navigate problem-solving adventures in a high-tech bus with features like robotics, wearables and camera technology, reads the announcement.
"The Magic School Bus revolutionized kids’ television through a unique and powerful blend of entertainment and science information. We’re proud that it’s become an evergreen show that children and parents continue to watch together," said Deborah Forte, president of Scholastic Media and creator of the Emmy-winning Clifford the Big Red Dog, WordGirl, Goosebumps and the upcoming Astroblast. “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."
“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.”
In adapting the longest-running kids' science series in history, the Magic School Bus 360° production team includes award-winning director Chris Gilligan who has worked on family films such as Robots, Ice Age the Meltdown, Horton Hears a Who, James and The Giant Peach and Frankenweenie.