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February 23, 2017

Kate McKinnon Is The New Ms. Frizzle!
by Katie Conway - 0

Your favorite 90’s educational Saturday morning cartoon is making a comeback! The Magic School Bus, a popular television show amongst students and teachers alike, is being rebooted by Netflix. The show ran successfully on PBS from 1994 to 1997, and was adapted by the popular children’s book series by Joanne Cole and Bruce Degen. It’s about an eccentric elementary school teacher named Ms. Frizzle, who takes her class on fantastic and educational adventures via the “magic” school bus. The new series will be called The Magic School Bus Rides Again, and the infamous Ms. Frizzle will be voiced by none other than the fabulous Kate McKinnon!

Adventures on the Magic School Bus go as far out as outer space, as deep as the darkest corners of the ocean, as far back as ancient times when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and even inside the human body! The series made science fun and accessible to children everywhere, and inspired many to pursue fields of study in meteorology, astronomy, and even children’s education. And in this new era of American politics where people like the President of the United States can be “anti-science” and dismissive of facts, it is especially important to have a show like this for the next generation of big thinkers and curious intellectuals. As Bill Nye the Science Guy would say, “Science Rules!” 
While it won’t be airing on cable television (a format that would have been available to most everyone), Netflix still has a massive audience and is quite accessible. With a subscription, kids will be able watch episodes any time they want, and teachers can stream episodes into their classrooms. But what’s even more exciting then magic and science returning to our TV sets is the fact that the Emmy Award-Winning, Saturday Night Live All-Star, Kate McKinnon, will be voicing the already iconic zany science teacher with the frizzy red hair and a color-changing dress. The role is being passed down to her from another comedy legend, Lilly Tomlin, who voiced Ms. Frizzle for the full 4 seasons The Magic School Bus was on air. 
In the past year alone, McKinnon has gained some serious attention for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, and for her spot-on impressions of other newsworthy political figures - including Kellyanne Conway, Elizabeth Warren, Betsy Devos, and Jeff Sessions. She also became a fan favorite in the all-female Ghostbusters (2016) movie, as the funky Dr. Jillian Holtzmann. With her full resume of crazy characters and award winning performances, we know McKinnon will do a more than stellar job as she takes on voicing The Frizz!


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