Kate McKinnon has officially reserved a trip on the Magic School Bus. She is set to voice the bizarre teacher cum bus driver, Ms. Frizzle on the remake of the popular children’s series.
On Wednesday, Netflix released a statement at its press event in New York City.
They announced that Kate will be providing her abilities to the animated beloved third-grade teacher of Walkerville Elementary School in the reboot, now called Magic School Bus: Rides Again.
The American actress is best known for her comedy craft as a member of Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She also starred as Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the Ghostbusters film remake.
In the original series, Lily Tomlin voiced Ms. Frizzle. And in 1996, she won a Daytime Emmy for her work.
Three years ago, Netflix together with Scholastic Media declared it will boot up the much-loved ‘90s kids show two decades after the original began on PBS. In 2013, the streaming facility secured the rights to present Magic School Bus in its lineup. It instantly became one of the most-watched children’s program on their site.
Excitingly, the updated and modern version of the well-liked animated series will be much like the original where viewers will see Ms. Frizzle, a.k.a. The Frizz, take her class of elementary school kids on a number of outrageous field trips.
The original program, based on a series of books, had a batch of inquisitive students who got the opportunity to discover everything from the inside of the human body to the space outside our planet.
Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said, “’ Magic School Bus,’ the old version, is remarkably popular on Netflix. It teaches science in a way that transcends generations. Parents trust it and kids love it.” He promised that the modernized version will be “even more relevant and entertaining for today’s kids.”
The reboot will include a set of old favorites from the original show as well as a few celebrity cameo roles.
Netflix has not yet announced when the new show will start.