Netflix and Scholastic Media announced today they will launch a new original TV series based on the groundbreaking and iconic TV programme The Magic School Bus. The all-new CG animated series from Scholastic Media – The Magic School Bus 360° – will be a dynamic reimagining of the show that revolutionised US kids’ television starting in the 1990s. Scholastic Media’s Emmy Award-winning creative team, led by Executive Producer Deborah Forte, will produce the new series written for school-aged children. The 26 episodes will launch on Netflix starting in 2016.
“The Magic School Bus revolutionised 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,” says Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media. “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 programme anytime, anywhere they want.”
Airing for 18 consecutive years and seen in more than 39 countries, The Magic School Bus is the longest-running kids’ science series in history. The standout show has earned more than 100 prestigious awards, including an Emmy Award, Annenberg Award and National Education Association Award. The Magic School Bus has also received high praise from parents and educators for making science education fun and appealing to all audiences, with a specific emphasis on those historically at risk of “science avoidance”, such as girls and minorities. The series was inspired by the best-selling Scholastic books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, with over 85 million books in print worldwide in nine languages. In August 2013, The Magic School Bus (seasons 1-4; all 52 episodes) became available exclusively for SVOD to Netflix members in the UK, Ireland, the U.S., Canada and Latin America. In 2011, The Magic School Bus celebrated its 25th anniversary.