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The Magic School Bus Rides Again is a Sequel Series to the 1990s cartoon The Magic School Bus. It is an animated Edutainment Show that airs through Netflix.

Like the original series, it follows an eccentric redheaded science teacher who takes her class of eight students on oddball field trips using her shapeshifting bus. The twist? It's not Ms. Frizzle, or at least not the one everyone knows. Ms. Valerie Frizzle — now Professor Frizzle — allowed her sister, Fiona Frizzle, to take charge of the field trips for now.


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  • And Starring: "With Lily Tomlin as Professor Frizzle."
  • Adapted Out: Only Phoebe hasn't returned, as Arnold states that she moved back to her old school.
  • Art Evolution: Justified, as standard TV animation has gone through so many drastic changes in the twenty years since the last episodes of the original series aired. In addition to the more streamlined designs and colored eyes (instead of Black Bead Eyes) on all of the characters, the animation itself managed to bypass the switch from cels to digital ink-and-paint entirely and go straight to ToonBoom puppet animation.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Carlos not only has a rat that is by itself, but the cage is way too small (especially the wheel) for that rat.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • In Episode 1, rabbits are depicted with pads on the bottom of their paws.
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    • Wild bananas were shown pointing downwards at the end of "Ralphie and the Flying Tennelis", which is jarring since "Hides and Seeks" correctly portrayed them pointing upwards.
  • Audience Surrogate: Arnold in Episode 1 is similar to the fans of the old series trying to adjust to the class now being led by Fiona instead of Valerie, and he as well as the audience learns that the change isn't really bad at all.
  • But Not Too Black: Both Keesha and Tim have had their skin color noticeably lightened.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ms. Fiona Frizzle, the class' new teacher, Phoebe's replacement Jyoti, and the monkey Goldie, are all new to the series.
  • Comic-Book Time: No one has aged much in nearly twenty-five years despite this being a sequel. At most, it's been a year in between shows as the first episode mentions that it was "over the summer".
  • Cool Teacher: Fiona and Valerie seem to share this in their genetics, as the new Miss Frizzle is a ball of energy that is very energetic as she is intelligent. She's also very witty and upbeat, making her much like her sister.
  • Darker and Edgier: While 'dark' is a bit of an exaggeration, the kids do realize there's a bit more consequences with screwing around with magic this time around. As sometimes the Aesop comes with them having to learn that using magic too much can lead to some problems.
  • Demoted to Extra: Liz gets considerably less to do in the new series. Even in the post-episode segment, she's replaced by Professor Frizzle's new monkey sidekick, Goldie.
  • Dork in a Sweater: Arnold traded in his striped polo for a cardigan sweater, accentuating his geekiness.
  • Edutainment Show: It still keeps the original's theme on science, but updates the facts and technology to be more up-to-date.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: Although most likely not wanting to call their shots in case they don't get renewed, the 2nd season finale ending has a viewer asking when they're going to see Ms. Frizzle again, and she dodges the question instead of giving a straight answer.
  • Five-Token Band: Arnold (Jew), Dorothy Ann (white), Carlos (Hispanic), Jyoti (Indian), Tim and Keesha (black), Wanda (Asian) and Ralphie (Italian).
  • The Generic Guy: Every kid in this reboot is like having eight Tims. Unlike the other series where each kid had distinct personalities and different ways of learning, every kid in this series is like a flat Blank Slate.
  • Has Two Mommies: Keesha, as seen in "Pigs In The Wind."
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: They don't seem to be twins, but they look similar nevertheless. Valerie and Fiona wear different clothes, Fiona wears her hair down, and their hair color is slightly different.
  • Passing the Torch: Professor Frizzle hands over the keys to the bus to her sister.
  • Put on a Bus: Ironic, considering the show. Phoebe returns to her old school and is replaced by a new student named Jyoti.
  • Rank Up: The old Ms. Frizzle is now Professor Frizzle.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Lily Tomlin returns to voice Valerie Frizzle, 20 years after the original show ended.
    • The Brazilian dub keeps the whole cast from Netflix’s redub of Season 1 - except Arnold.
    • Cristina Yuste returns as Dorothy Ann in the European Spanish dub.
    • Olga Bonczyk returns as Professor Frizzle in the Polish dub.
  • Sequel Hook: Much like Joanna Cole's original books, each episode ends with Professor Frizzle clarifying a few things about the episode's lessons, while giving a tease for the next one.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Ms. Frizzle's younger sister looks exactly like her except for having slightly darker hair and wearing her hair down.
  • Sudden Eye Colour: From the Black Bead Eyes of the original books and cartoons to everyone having eye colours like what is more common in contemporary cartoons.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Ms. Frizzle has retired from being a bus driver and has been succeeded by her younger sister, Fiona.
    • Phoebe is the only kid who doesn’t return, on account of having transferred back to her old school. She is replaced with new lookalike student Jyoti.
  • Threatening Shark: A black-tipped shark threatens the gang in episode 3. Actually lampshaded at the end when Ms. Frizzle clarifies that the reputation sharks have as villains is unfair, since they're just predators and rarely actually attack people.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Both Ms. Frizzle and Dorothy have them.
  • Vocal Evolution: Ms. Frizzle's voice has clearly aged after 20 years.

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