Trivia: The Magic School Bus

  • Actor Allusion: Dom De Luise's character in "Gets Ready, Set, Dough!" is a baker, a reference to his second career as a gourmet cook.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Lily Tomlin was the voice of Ms. Frizzle, Malcolm-Jamal Warner voiced "the producer," and the Theme Tune was sung by Little Richard. And then there's all the celebrities who voiced "guest" characters (Carol Channing, Dolly Parton, Dan Marino, etc).
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Averted; all four of the boys are voiced by real boys, and all of their voices break over the course of the series.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Wanda's voice actor, Lisa Yamanaka, is best recognized as Sherry Birkin from Resident Evil 2. Arnold's voice actor was Nickelodeon star Danny Tamborelli (Little Pete on The Adventures of Pete and Pete and a cast member on All That during its Golden Age). That's Lily Tomlin as Ms. Frizzle.
  • Recursive Adaptation: There were books based on the book-based TV series. Don't remember that? It's all right; they were pretty awful.
  • Milestone Celebration: The book The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition came out 20 years after the first book. As a result, it boasts a holographic cover, and includes appearances from several of history's most legendary scientists.
  • Science Marches On: A science show can't stay accurate forever.
    • Pluto is still a planet in "Gets Lost in Space".
      • Pluto is also missing Nix, Hydra, Styx, and Kerberos.
    • In "The Busasaurus," Ms. Frizzle says that Tyrannosaurus rex was the biggest meat-eater of all time. Too bad the discovery of the slightly larger Giganotosaurus was published in the same year the episode aired. In the same episode, Troodon is portrayed with scales rather than feathers.
    • Weirdly, "Gets Eaten" has Ms. Frizzle state that all food chains begin with plants, which had been a discredited fact since the discovery of hydrothermal vents in 1977, seventeen years before the episode aired. Even weirder, this error is pointed out in the phone segment, so it's not carelessness. The fictional producer's justification for excluding hydrothermal vents creatures is "Yeah, but they're weird."
      • A slightly better explanation for why they didn't include that in the show was that the majority of food chains begin with plants... and it's better to introduce children with a solid foundation of patterns before going into depth about all the exceptions.
    • The Tongue Map appears.
  • Talking to Himself: The European Spanish dub has Carlos and Ralphie with the same actor.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • As with most things of this nature, the computer episode went out of date the moment it aired. The fact that the computer has a "gajillion gigabyte hard drive" AND still has a floppy disk. While "gajillion" is not a number, we do have computers and networks capable of working on Yottabyte levels (10^24 bytes).
    • In "Holiday Special," the whole plot revolves around an item being lost while the kids are sorting the school's recycling. As recently as 2007, many modern recycling plants no longer require manually-sorted inputs ("single stream recycling," a.k.a. one big bin for it all).