For the first time in its 34-year history, The Magic School Bus is getting a feature film — and Elizabeth Banks will star as the iconic teacher Ms. Frizzle!
For the first time in its 34-year history, The Magic School Bus is getting a feature film — and Elizabeth Banks will star as the beloved Ms. Frizzle! Banks, who is also producing the film with her company Brownstone Productions, is best known for roles in The Hunger Games franchise and in Pitch Perfect. Now, she's excited to be stepping into the famous school bus to teach a new generation of kids about science. "We are delighted to bring to life the iconic Ms. Frizzle and her zest for knowledge and adventure in a fresh new way," says Scholastic Entertainment’s president Iole Lucchese. "[We hope the movie] inspires the next generation of kids to explore science and supports the dedicated teachers who help make science real and accessible for young learners every day."
The Magic School Bus began as a Scholastic book series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen in the 1980s, and was adapted into an animated TV series in 1994. The stories focused on Ms. Frizzle, who was voiced by Lily Tomlin in the cartoon, taking her students on a series of fantastical science field trips in her magic bus, which could change into an airplane or submarine, shrink to enter the human body, or travel through time.
The TV series ran for 18 consecutive years in the US and has been broadcast in over 100 countries, and the franchise also released a series of science kits. It earned more than 100 awards, including an Emmy Award, Annenberg Award, and National Education Association Award.
The planned movie will be a live-action/animated hybrid film and represents the first time the series will make the leap to the big screen. Casting is just beginning, and the studio has not yet confirmed a release date. However, both the studios working on the film and Scholastic hope that it will continue to spark an interest in science in kids (and their parents) around the world.
"The Magic School Bus revolutionized kids' television through a unique and powerful blend of entertainment and science information," said Deborah Forte, past president of Scholastic Media. "We're proud that it's become an evergreen show that children and parents continue to watch together."
The Magic School Bus Science Kits, Books, and Costumes
Young fans of The Magic School Bus and Ms. Frizzle will love this officially licensed costume from Fun Costumes that lets them look just like their favorite character! This 100% polyester dress has blue satin printed with stars, planets, and rockets, and includes a white collar, cuffs, and waist detail. Older kids can check out this Ms. Frizzle child costume for ages 5 to 12, while teens and adults can get this Ms. Frizzle costume dress.
Seatbelts, everyone! Hop onto The Magic School Bus with this 6-DVD set that includes the complete series starring everyone's favorite teacher, Ms. Frizzle. This set includes all 52 episodes of the original series, so you can follow along as the class leaps into the human body, goes back into prehistory, and blasts off into space! It's the perfect TV show to spark an interest in science and a sense of curiosity that she'll carry with her her whole life.
Fiona Felicity Frizzle's class is getting ready for the school's game of Extreme Hide and Seek — but D.A. is frustrated. Every year, a mysterious player called The Seeker wins the game! So she asks Ms. Frizzle to show her how creatures in the wild use mimicry and camouflage to outsmart their predators and prey. It's time for another Magic School But adventure! This level 2 Scholastic reader, which is perfect for readers who are ready for new vocabulary and longer sentences, also includes a set of collectible stickers.
Hop on the Magic School Bus and explore the time of the dinosaurs with this fun kit from the Young Scientists Club! As kids follow along with the colorful, detailed manual, they'll simulate a fossil dig, cast and mold fossils and dinosaur teeth, build a dino replica, design a diorama, and create a timeline. The kit includes a wooden dinosaur to assemble and paint, clay for molds, fact sheets, and more — everything except for household items is included! It's sure to keep budding paleontologists happily exploring for hours. For more sets from the Magic School Bus science kit series, check out A Journey Into The Human Body, Jumping Into Electricity, Blasting Off With Erupting Volcanoes, Soaring Into Flight, and more in our Magic School Bus Collection.
Get ready for a field trip that's out of this world! This officially licensed Ms. Frizzle costume from Fun Costumes features a 100% polyester satin dress that's printed with stars, planets, and more. White cuffs, collar, and belting make it look like it stepped right out of the TV show! Toddlers who love this character can check out this toddler version for ages 2 to 4, while adults can get this Ms. Frizzle Costume Dress.
Jump on The Magic School Bus Rides Again with Fiona Felicity Frizzle for a hands-on introduction to the principles of chemistry! This bus-shaped science kit includes instructions for 51 experiments, from plating copper to making slime to measuring pH. Aside from common household items, all the supplies necessary are includes, as well as a pair of goggles — safety first! Plus, it includes a data notebook so your little scientist can record the results of their experiments and what she wants to find out more about.
Seatbelts, everyone! It's time for a dress-up adventure with the inimitable Ms. Frizzle with this dress from Guberry. This polyester dress features a cheerful print of planets and stars and had a white collar; it looks like it stepped right out of the screen. This dress is available in women's sizes small to XL. Kids can check out this Ms. Frizzle toddler costume for ages 2 to 4, or this Ms. Frizzle child costume for ages 5 to 12.