Netflix is bringing the '90s sci-fi kids show to a new generation.
Calling all fans of kitsch and colourful '90s nostalgia as well as, um...children. Netflix has reportedly ordered a reboot of the hit kids sci-fi cartoon The Magic School Bus, called The Magic School Bus 360°.
It appears that the decision to remake the show for a whole new generation is a result of the original episode's popularity on the on-demand online streaming site. "'Magic School Bus,' the old version, is remarkably popular on Netflix," said Ted Sarandos, the company's chief content officer, who identified Magic School Bus as the streaming service's top educational show.
"It teaches science in a way that transcends generations," he said, via the NY Times.
First broadcast on PBS in 1994 and seen in reruns for years later, the Magic School Bus was the longest-running children's science program and was shown in approximately 39 countries.
The remake will reportedly still feature teacher Ms. Frizzle (originally voiced by Lily Tomlin), albeit a modernised version, who will take her class on flying trips on an updated bus. Meanwhile, the pupils are to use newer scientific tools, "such as robots or a smart suit worn by the character Carlos that determines his body's vital signs instantly," according to Deborah Forte, president of Scholastic Media.
Highlighting the increased need for elementary science education, Forte added that the show would recreate "the process of learning science through collaboration and experimentation and discovery, through active learning."
"Parents trust it and kids love it," Mr. Sarandos said, adding that the new version will be "even more relevant and entertaining for today's kids."
The Magic School Bus 360° will premiere in 2016.
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