When it was first announced over two years ago that Netflix would be rebooting the PBS classic The Magic School Bus, I screamed “Over my dead body (that I’d only allow to be explored internally by the ORIGINAL Ms. Frizzle !!!).” We now have a bit more information on this new reboot, and it has caused me to lighten up on my previous position. You win this round against my emotions, Netflix.
Entertainment Weekly says that Netflix announced yesterday that the new Ms. Frizzle in The Magic School Bus Rides Again will be voiced by SNL‘s Kate McKinnon. The new MSB will be pretty much just like the original; Ms. Frizzle, a manic middle-aged teacher with a blatant disregard for the field trip release form takes her students to a variety of weird places in her magic school bus. Places like space, cake batter, and rectums (look it up). Sometimes the bus would even turn her students into non-human stuff, like the time she turned them all into reptiles. Maybe this new MSB will finally answer the question: how in the HELL did Ms. Frizzle avoid getting sued all those years?
Netflix doesn’t say when their MSB reboot will be happening, only that Kate McKinnon is involved. The original Ms. Frizzle was voiced by Lily Tomlin. She owns a bus, she has a pet lizard, all her clothes look like they were made in the Drag Race Werk Room, and she’s voiced by both Lily Tomlin and Kate McKinnon. I think Ms. Frizzle has officially earned herself a spot in the lesbian icon hall of fame.