History Literature / TheMagicSchoolBus

12th Aug '17 9:03:52 PM DamagedHen
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* ArtisticLicenseOrnithology: In "The Magic School Bus Cracks A Yolk," Giblets the chicken flies away from Dorothy Anne. While chickens are capable of flight, this episode portrays Goblets flying over houses for a long period of time much like a songbird. In reality, chickens can only fly a few feet above ground in short bursts.
12th Aug '17 10:08:59 AM bret1796
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** Beginning with "Blows Its Top", the animation for the bus transforming was generally the same (stretching up&down, side-to-side, then spinning), regardless of the situation. In the first season however, it seemed to vary from episode to episode. For example, "Meets the Rot Squad" was completely devoid of the usual spinning, despite the bus transforming four times.

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** Beginning with "Blows Its Top", the animation for the bus transforming was generally the same (stretching up&down, side-to-side, then spinning), regardless of the situation. In the first season however, it seemed to vary from episode to episode. For example, "Meets the Rot Squad" was completely devoid of the usual spinning, despite the bus transforming four times.
29th Jul '17 12:23:15 PM bret1796
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** Beginning with "Blows Its Top", the animation for the bus transforming was generally the same (stretching up&down, side-to-side, then spinning), regardless of the situation. In the first season however, it seemed to vary from episode to episode. For example, "Meets the Rot Squad" was completely devoid of the usual spinning, despite the bus transforming four times.
26th Jul '17 1:29:11 PM fruitstripegum
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* VisualPun: Ms. Frizzle's ''cell'' phone in "Going Cellular."



* VisualPun: Ms. Frizzle's ''cell'' phone in "Going Cellular."
16th Jul '17 8:24:57 AM livebythecreed
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* NameOne: Again, "Holiday Special." After Arnold recycles Wanda's toy soldier by accident, Wanda becomes bitter toward the recycling process and fails to see its benefits, challenging her classmates to name three. The class soon learns that recycling saves natural resources, results in less trash, and minimizes spacial demand for landfills.

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* NameOne: Again, "Holiday Special." After Arnold recycles Wanda's toy soldier by accident, Wanda becomes bitter toward the recycling process and fails to see its benefits, challenging benefits. When Phoebe points out there's a lot of good that comes from recycling, Wanda challenges her classmates to name three. three, which she can't but she "just knows there's lots." The class soon learns that recycling saves natural resources, results in less trash, and minimizes spacial demand for landfills.
16th Jul '17 8:16:29 AM livebythecreed
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* FantasyHelmetEnforcement: One of Miss Frizzle's [[CatchPhrase Catch Phrases]] is "Seat belts, Everyone!" and the kids will often buckle up without prompting...on a flying school bus that can transform into anything at any time.

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* FantasyHelmetEnforcement: One of Miss Ms. Frizzle's [[CatchPhrase Catch Phrases]] is "Seat belts, Everyone!" and the kids will often buckle up without prompting...on a flying school bus that can transform into anything at any time.



* FriendlyScheming: Some of the stories have Mrs. Frizzle [[TricksterMentor play jokes on kids and deliberately mislead them]], so that they would learn some new things on their own.

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* FriendlyScheming: Some of the stories have Mrs.Ms. Frizzle [[TricksterMentor play jokes on kids and deliberately mislead them]], so that they would learn some new things on their own.
7th Jul '17 4:31:27 PM livebythecreed
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* NoNameGiven: Only Dorothy Ann's last name was never mentioned.

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* NoNameGiven: Only Tim and Dorothy Ann's last name was Ann were never mentioned.given last names in canon.
7th Jul '17 4:27:16 PM livebythecreed
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* FiveTokenBand: When the class size was trimmed down from the books, it seems like they picked the eight kids who would give the class the most ethnic diversity. Keesha and Tim are black, Carlos is Hispanic, Wanda is Chinese, and even within the white kids, Arnold is [[InformedJudaism Jewish]], DA is Australian-American (explaining her mild DarkSkinnedBlond) and Ralphie is Italian.

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* FiveTokenBand: When the class size was trimmed down from the books, it seems like they picked the eight kids who would give the class the most ethnic diversity. Keesha and Tim are black, Carlos is Hispanic, Wanda is Chinese, and even within the white kids, Arnold is [[InformedJudaism Jewish]], DA is Australian-American (explaining her mild DarkSkinnedBlond) Jewish]] and Ralphie is Italian.
7th Jul '17 3:13:42 PM livebythecreed
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* '''Tim Jamal''': TheGenericGuy and StraightMan.

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* '''Tim Jamal''': '''Tim''': TheGenericGuy and StraightMan.
4th Jul '17 9:46:25 PM Nicoaln
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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Every episode ended with a BreakingTheFourthWall segment where children called in to the show to ask about details the show got "wrong". The Producer (played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner) [[note]] though a female producer would take his place sometimes [[/note]] would explain that those details were deliberately glossed-over, altered, or just plain ignored in order to tell a story and do it within a half-hour time constraint. For example, during the episode about the digestive system, the bus goes through the process ''much'' faster than it actually takes. If they had done it realistically the bus would've been in Arnold's body for about two days at the least. Plus, they get out by inducing Arnold to burp since going out the other way would be inappropriate for children's TV. In another episode, they admit the kids would have been grown up by the time they traveled through the solar system to Pluto.

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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Every episode ended with a BreakingTheFourthWall segment where children called in to the show to ask about details the show got "wrong". The Producer (played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner) [[note]] though a female producer would take his place sometimes [[/note]] would explain that those details were deliberately glossed-over, altered, or just plain ignored in order to tell a story and do it within a half-hour time constraint. For example, during the episode about the digestive system, the bus goes through the process ''much'' faster than it actually takes. If they had done it realistically the bus would've been in Arnold's body for about two days at the least. Plus, they get out by inducing Arnold to burp since going out the other way would be inappropriate for children's TV.TV (if not outright ''gross''). In another episode, they admit the kids would have been grown up by the time they traveled through the solar system to Pluto.



* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Justified in that they're in an American desert.

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* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Justified in that they're in an American desert.desert - Cacti are native to the Americas after all!


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* DullSurprise: Happens a few times early in the series - then again, these ''are'' played by kids.
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