Concept art for Magic School Bus 360

Netflix has resurrected the popular 90’s children’s series The Magic School Bus for its latest push into original kids programming. The online video site will release 26 brand new episodes of the re-imagined show, now called The Magic School Bus 360, beginning in 2016.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told The New York Times that the original series ranks as one of the most popular educational programs in his company’s catalog, despite the fact that new episodes haven’t been released since 1997. “It teaches science in a way that transcends generations,” Sarandos said. The Magic School Bus first debuted on PBS 20 years ago and urged young viewers to expand their science knowledge while laughing and having a good time with endearingly relatable characters. Though it may just be because I’m a 90’s kid, but when I hear “seat belts everyone” I immediately am ready for the jazzy intro.

Just like the groundbreaking original, this one’s being produced entirely by Scholastic Media in hopes to keep the same feel. However it’ll be marketed to a much different generation, so Scholastic has modernized the show accordingly. These differences include changing the original drawn animation to becoming fully computer generated. The bus will also look different and be fitted with upgraded technology, and the students will gain access to “the latest tech innovations such as robotics, wearables, and camera technology,” Sarandos said. He hopes it will be the first of many future collaborations between Netflix and Scholastic.

Netflix is already working on numerous kids shows with DreamWorks Animation that will eventually join Turbo Fast, the series that debuted last December. Those new programs will be based around popular franchises like Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon to make these already beloved movies even more accessible to children.

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