The book The Magic School Bus In the Time of the Dinosaurs features a Stable Time Loop.The paleontologists discover Maiasaura bones but can't find their nests. The class goes back in time to find the nests, inadvertently leading a Troodon pack to the nesting grounds. The Maiasauras are driven away from their nests and are ultimately eaten by the Troodons. This causes their fossils to end up far away from their nests, leading to the paleontologists' original conundrum.
The producer portion at the end of each episode is set in a universe where the series follows the Literary Agent Hypothesis.Liz is consistently shown to exist in this universe, and several other characters from the series do as well. They have the same names in the producer universe, indicating they are the actual people and not the actors who play them. It's also been mentioned that Ms. Frizzle is real in this universe. Since this portion is also animated, and the producer is often seen on the "sets" used in the episode, the series is live-action in this universe; it's obviously produced on a much higher budget than the series in our world. Presumably, the series there is about Ms. Frizzle's actual teaching methods, but it's Very Loosely Based on a True Story. This is why people always call in to complain about how unrealistic it is.
The bus is an immigrant (import?) from the Cars universe.It has a face, it definitely has a personality, and it has the rounded overall look of the non-model-specific vehicles from the Cars 'verse. It doesn't talk around the kids because that would scare them.
The Magic Bus is a relative of Bertie The Bus.The MSB does look like it has an "Advance-Design" era Chevy chassis. If Bertie's a Bedford chassis, that would make them "relatives."
The bus is a Ganmen.It makes sense. It's clearly powered by Spiral Energy, as the bus can do whatever is coolest. It also has a face like a Ganmen's, though it doesn't mouth out what Frizzle says. This all means that Ms. Frizzle is a retired Spiral Warrior; Liz is her Boota. Just imagine it...◊
The bus is an Autobot.Obviously. What are you, stupid?
The bus is related to the Yellow Submarine.They're both yellow. They both travel through time. They both fly. They both have extremely complicated controls. They both have extremely vague origins. The bus even turns into a yellow submarine a few times. Compare this image◊ with this one◊.
Ms. Frizzle is some other type of non or supra-human.Maybe she's really an alien ala Washu (though Washu turns out to be much more than that), and the bus is a science expiriment, or maybe she's an offshoot of what happens when a witch lives in America, and doesn't get her acceptance letter- or a product of an American school of witchcraft and wizardry~!
Dorothy Ann's surname is Ann.Well, she is the only one in the series with no last name, but she does go by 2 different names. It only makes sense that her last name is Ann. Making her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ann.
"Tim" is derived from the character's last name, Thomas.His real first name is Dean. Three years after being in Ms. Frizzle's class, he moves to Britain and starts attending Hogwarts. Twelve words: Black kid with no character traits aside from being good at drawing.
Ms. Frizzle is into Vorarephilia.Whenever a hungry carnivore shows up shes like "let's get eaten". So yeah...
The kids are in an alternative class... note...That's why it's such a small group of kids. The class is designed for children who have social needs, or can't be in what we consider "normal" classes. Some (possible) examples are as follows...
The class is a 'special class' for children with brain damage.
Alternatively, and much more pleasantly, the class is a gifted class.Some of the class may be eccentric, but they're all geniuses. Ms. Frizzle wouldn't teach them otherwise. She uses being the gifted teacher as a cover for her crazy field trips that the school most definitely does not know about. This explains why the class is so small (they're the only ones who tested gifted), and how they're able to absorb all the information from these field trips.
When he was younger, Arnold became SEVERELY traumatized.Picture the scene, chibi!Arnold (maybe 5/6) wants to go somewhere with a family member (mother/father/aunt/uncle/whatev). He is very insistent about it, and eventually said family member gives in and takes him on their errand. Unfortunately, while there, Arnold witnessed something horrible. Maybe there was a bank robbery or whatever, but it scarred him for life. Now whever he says "I wish I would've stayed home today", he is unconsciously referring back to the trip that he took when he was young that scarred him.
Miss Frizzle is Arnold's daughter.She came from the future to do something to/about her dad. Possibly to keep him from getting scared so easily, or to be closer to him, whatever.
Miss Frizzle is a Time Lord.Because she is flamboyant and showy, like all Time Lords. Also, the bus is her TARDIS, since it can travel through time.
Ms Fizzle is a sparkthe bus and liz are her constructs. She was experimenting with time travel some day and accidentally transported herself to a different universe. Then she got a job as a science teacher doing what she loves. It also explains her borderline insanity. The only other character that is more excited than science than the frizz is Agatha.
Ms. Frizzle is like Willy Wonka.She's basically a magic schoolteacher who takes the kids on the field trips so that she can find a successor to be the next driver of the Magic School Bus, of course. The class is so small because she sees the most promise out of them. Mikey and Janet she sees promise in, but not as much as Arnold, Ralphie, or Dorothy Ann.
Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus is a Time Lord. The School Bus is her TARDIS. Liz the Lizard is her companion.There's two ways this could work. 1. Frizzle and Liz got in some trouble and used the Chameleon Arch to transfer her Time Lord identity. She now acts as a teacher to hide and unknowingly use the TARDIS to take this kids on adventures. 2. She is fully aware of what is going on. She decides to use her vast knowledge and become a teacher so that she can take kids on trips using her TARDIS's vast power. This explains why she's so eccentric and out there.
Ms. Frizzle is a witch. Her lizard, Liz, is really her familiar.Now that you mention it, who reminds you that has that kind of hairdo? peculiar looking witch?
Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus is not a Time Lord. The School Bus is, however, her TARDIS.There have been humans who can pilot a TARDIS, and does anyone else think that Ms. Frizzle looks sort of like Professor River Song? My theory: Professor Song decides she needs to get away for a while, maybe to lay low from the cops looking for her after her latest prison break-out, and so she finds a TARDIS and hides in the mid-nineties in America. She takes a job and changes her name to Ms. Frizzle.
The school is a private school.A simpler explanation for the small class size is that the kids go to a private school; many American private schools limit the number of students and keep class sizes to a minimum so that each student can have more individual attention. At an elementary school level, a class size of eight wouldn't be unusual in a small private school. Pheobe's old school was a public school, which is why she is so baffled by how things are done at her new school.
Ms. Frizzle is Carmen Sandiego.Search your feelings. You know it to be true. And she steals stuff just to give children a covert geography lesson.
Ms. Frizzle is an embodiment of one of the 4 fundamental forces.In her case, electromagnetism, which explains the name somewhat. It explains why she can do things like drift from the asteroid belt to Pluto and survive crashing on it all within a minute or two. And many other god-like abilities. The question is, who are the other 3 forces?
The theme song is instructions.For the longest time, I wondered exactly where it was telling you to go. But now I know for sure, that it is telling you how to get to Sesame Street. You want it to be true.
The bus was invented by Phineas and Ferb.It's the most logical answer I can come to.
Some of Ms. Fizzle's class grew up to become Planeteers.Arnold, Wanda, Tim, Carlos, and Dorothy decided to change their names at some point in their teens, then took up the cause to protect Earth under the wing of Captain Planet. Here's the proof.◊
Where's Walkerville?Let's hear some guesses!
The titular Magic School Bus really does operate through scientific means.But they're far, far too complicated to explain to children, so Ms. Frizzle just calls it "magic".
Ms Frizzle is Susan Sto Helit.It certainly explains her teaching methods. Techinically impossible field trips? Check. Teach them stuff the adults think they're too young to know? Check. And can't you just hear her saying "Hi, inner child, I'm the inner babysitter!"
Alternatively, Dorothy Ann is Susan Sto Helit.Let's see: Deadpan Snarker with blonde, self-styling hair. Highly intelligent (with maths and science as her best subjects). Generally rationalist in philosophy but willing to accept fantastic explanations when the evidence supports them. Both a Cute Bookworm and a Badass Bookworm. You may believe that this is impossible, given that Susan is in her twenties in Thief of Time and hasn't left the Discworld at all, while D.A. is eight in The Magic School Bus. The solution, of course, is that A Wizard Did It. Literally. The faculty of the Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork realized that the Auditors of Reality were planning another attack on the Roundworld, so they convinced Susan to let Hex transport her there to head them off. Unfortunately, Ridcully stood on Ponder Stibbon's foot while Ponder was entering Hex's instructions, and the ensuing mess-up meant that Susan arrived on Earth/Roundworld having reverted to childhood and with no memory of her previous life. As Roundworld has no magic and doesn't run on Clap Your Hands If You Believe, Susan loses her powers, but obviously retains her personality, non-supernatural abilities and general Badass tendencies. She also has residual subconscious memories and instincts which are the reason she's unfazed by the impossible field trips. If there's no magic on Earth, how does the bus work? Sufficiently advanced technology. This explains D.A.'s prophetic dream at the start of "Out of this World": Susan often glimpses and/or dreams snatches of the future. In fact, Thief of Time implies that the Auditors tried to wipe out all life on the Disc by crashing a meteorite into it, so while wouldn't they try the same thing on Roundworld, given their notorious lack of imagination? This explains the entire "Out of this World" episode. Think about it, there were three other episodes set in space, one of which explained gravity and one of which was a tour of the solar system that explained about asteroids, meteorites and comets. The only new educational content in "Out of this World" is the so-called 'gravity slingshot' effect, which surely didn't warrant a field trip of its own. Note that "Out of this World" is the only episode where the field trip is not instigated by Ms Frizzle. Therefore this wasn't a plan of hers to educate the kids, but a genuinely necessary action. On top of this, this theory explains why Insane Troll Logic always presses D.A.'s Berserk Button. It's also the reason for her Limited Wardrobe. Vestigal memories of being Susan (who always wore practical - sometimes severe - clothes in black, white and grey) influence her clothing choices, inspiring D.A. to wear severe roll necks and only wear two dull colours. Elegant, huh?
The events depicted in The Magic School Bus have never happened, in any timeline.For one of the four following reasons:
Alternatively, The Magic School Bus is real, and happened on our world.However, it happened in 1980, not in the 90s. When Phoebe was 18 (in 1990), she wrote a series of bestselling children's books based on her experiences which were illustrated by Tim. They got adapted into a tv series, The Magic School Bus, which had the Friz as its Executive Producer. Tim and Wanda were the producers, Phoebe and her boyfriend Arnold wrote the scripts (which is why Arnold is the most developed character), Keesha was the director and Liz was the director of cinematography. Carlos, Tim and Ralphie designed the sets and special effects, D.A. did the research and provided the education content and Carlos wrote the jokes. Janet (who had mellowed a bit with age) starred as Ms. Frizzle.
Ms Frizzle is Janet.And has travelled back in time to try to mellow her past self's Jerkass tendancies.
The Magic School Bus takes place in the same universe as Harry Potter and Ms Frizzle is Bellatrix Lestrange.The kids finished fourth grade in May 1998 (the year the show ended). In May 1998, Bellatrix was killed by Molly Weasley. When she died, she woke up in limbo/King's Cross and was given the opportunity to return to Earth for a year in order to redeem herself. She agrees, and wakes up a week before she is due to start the first day of the 1997-1998 academic year as the fourth grade teacher in Walkerville Elementary. She anonymously commissions Arthur Weasley to build the bus and buys Liz in Diagon Alley. This is why Ms. Frizzle is Crazy Awesome and has idiosyncratic hair and clothes. D.A.'s book bag is equipped with an Undetectable Extension Charm.
Arnold died in the first episode.When Arnold takes his helmet off on Pluto in "Gets Lost in Space", he dies. Religion in the Schoolbusverse runs on Clap Your Hands If You Believe (as per Discworld), so Arnold goes to Purgatory because he believes he should be punished for his stupidity. Purgatory is subjective, so Arnold's punishment is to have to live through four years of fourth-grade field trips before being allowed to go to Heaven.
The bus is not "magic" at all, but actually a piece of Third-law level technology.Consider the show is about teaching science, and Mrs. Frizzle is teaching her kids the scientific method and a scientific viewpoint on life; it would be incredibly hypocritical for Mrs. Frizzle to be hand-waving her bus, and even some of her own doings, as "Magic". It's alltogether likely she's from the far future, come back in time to foster scientific thought in the younger generation. The bus is a combination of TARDIS and super-futuristic-multitool-and-lab.
Walkerville can be accessed from multiple locations in a similar manner to SCP-908.However, instead being accessible from multiple location in lakes and oceans, it can be accessed from multiple points on land. Many of the episodes have mountains visible in the distance. In one episode, they fly over these mountains to reach a desert similar parts of the southwestern U.S. In another episode, they visit a swamp just outside the town and in others, the town is close to the ocean. Additionally, it's never specified in which direction most of these locations are relative to the town.
Dorothy Ann is a wizardSpecifically, a Young Wizards universe wizard. Her 'research' is her manual.
Ms. Frizzle is not a Time Lord......But she was a member of the Galactic Kids Next Door as a sort of "test-drive" operative to see if she would be given the honor of being Humanity's representative in it. Obviously, she didn't, that would go to Nigel Uno in Operation: INTERVIEWS, but she was allowed to keep some of their highly advanced technology, said technology being a certain school bus...
Ms. Frizzle is from Night ValeAnd Carlos grows up to be Carlos the Scientist.
Ms. Frizzle is not Carmen Sandiego, but they were/are childhood friends.note: copy-pasted from the relevant page Maybe when they were little, Valerie was that weird kid in class who got picked on a lot for her eccentricity before Carmen the mysterious Aloof Dark-Haired Girl came along, who couldn't stand seeing her like that (and their Apathetic Teacher wasn't helping). Early on they find that they share a love of learning about the world and all the wonderful things in it - again, with an Apathetic Teacher they may have been intellectually frustrated. Carmen tends to be more interested in anthropologic stuff in exotic places (e.g., cultural sites) while Valerie prefers to find out about nature and how something works, but there's plenty of overlap between the two (e.g., how could the Moai statues on Easter Island get to where they are now? Will you look at how majestic the Great Barrier Reef is!). Their first adventures were of Carmen sneaking away and dragging Valerie along with her - this might expose Valerie to how interesting other people can be via cultural artifacts (if she's been picked on, she might have been adverse to social contact), while Valerie may act as a conscious for Carmen, who tends to disregard rules and might have turned out to be a straightforward villainess instead of the Gentlewoman Thief we know her as now. Through their worldwide travels (all hidden from the regular Powers That Be thanks to Carmen's legendary stealth abilities) they also form contacts with a wide variety of people who help them later in life - this is more obviously helpful for Valerie's backstory as the Magic School Bus episodes show her social network to be quite widely cast, but Carmen would also benefit from such a network as well in order to keep her activites on the down-low. Their childhood experiences can help to inform their present career choices. For Valerie, she became a teacher to nurture nascent inquisitive minds - she knows how aggravating being bored at school can be thanks to her Apathetic Teacher. Going out with the bus to do really hands-on and up-close approaches to learning is about the most effective way to get kids to learn. For Carmen, perhaps at Valerie's encouragement that she can make the world a better place, she goes to work for ACME and uses her skills to become the best detective they've ever had, but the combination of bureaucratic rigidity (to which she's never been fond of rules anyway) and lack of challenge because she's so good drives her away from ACME and into founding V.I.L.E. Whether they keep in contact today can go either way. If yes, then Carmen's status as the world's most wanted thief is going to keep their opportunities to stay in touch limited (though with a magic bus at her disposal, Valerie will still be able to, say, meet up for coffee in Paris on the weekend). If no, then it's possible Carmen's turn to crime was the breaking point where they fell out (and lots of drama ensued).
Ms. Frizzle teaches a 6th grade classAt some point in season 3, some of the boys' voices got deeper. Coincidence? Doubtful.
Phoebe is CanadianShe mentions her old school, which is accessible by land as well as English-speaking, measured in metric.
The book that Dorothy Ann carries around is actually called "My Research."
The first episode is actually a continuity error and should be later on in the series.While on their way to the planetarium Arnold comments on what sort of field trip will be happening today to them and references ones we would be seeing in later episodes including the rotting log. The day Janet arrives Frizzle felt like making it look like the field trip was going to be like any other average school trip but waited for when Arnold would realize he would want to prove his cousin that his teacher was the best and that all these trips he had talked about were real and thus... They went up into space.
Frizzle actually made Ralphie sick so the whole field trip in the episode could work out.She does seem like the sort of teacher who would do that to make things work properly.
Frizzle is a Q.Come on really? Nobody's thought of this? She obviously used her powers to give the bus sentience and made the lizard semi-anthropomorphic, but in truth it isn't the bus with the powers it's HER! She just made up that her bus was magic to mess with the kids heads, plus it's clear Arnold is her Captain Piccard.
Ms. Frizzle is a Dreamfinder and Liz is her Figment.Given that "Dreamfinder" is an occupation title, of course.
Ms. Frizzle is evil.Those crazy field trips she takes her class on? It's her attempt to get rid of them. Though she doesn't attempt to outright kill them, she secretly hopes that at least one or two of them will be fatally injured in some way at some point. Remember the episode where they went back in time to see the dinosaurs, and the bus got attacked by a T-Rex? Remember how she was more worried over the bus insurance than the safety of her students? That's one example of her subtlety.
Ms. Frizzle COULD cure Mikey's condition but doesn't.It's a stealth aesop - she wants everyone to accept him for who he is how he is.