‘Magic School Bus’ Back in Session with New Original Series for Netflix
By Sahil Patel
Lest you thought that Netflix was finished reviving popular TV shows, the company has now set its sights on a classic kids’ favorite.
The streaming service has inked a deal with Scholastic Media for “The Magic School Bus 360 Degrees,” an all-new CG-animated show based on the popular books and Emmy Award-winning educational series.
Initially, Scholastic Media has agreed to produce 26 episodes of “The Magic School Bus 360 Degrees,” which will debut in all Netflix territories in 2016.
“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 Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We’re thrilled to expand our relationships and to be the first-run home of ‘The Magic School Bus 360 Degrees,’ introducing a whole new generation to Ms. Frizzle and her hijinks.”
The new series will reimagine and modernize characters popularized by the books and toon series. Emphasizing STEM education, the series will promote science and learning, while drawing upon the latest advancements in science and technology, including robotics, wearables, and camera technology.
“Magic School Bus 360 Degrees” will be executive produced by Scholastic Media president Deborah Forte, leading a production team that includes director Chris Gilligan (“Robots,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Frankenweenie”).