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Release Date:
11 September 1994 (USA) See more »
An eccentric schoolteacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus. Full summary »
2 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 26)

Lily Tomlin ... Ms. Valerie Frizzle (52 episodes, 1994-1997)

Daniel DeSanto ... Carlos Ramon (52 episodes, 1994-1997)

Erica Luttrell ... Keesha Franklin (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Tara Meyer ... Dorothy Ann (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Maia Filar ... Phoebe Terese (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Lisa Jai ... Wanda Li (52 episodes, 1994-1997)

Stuart Stone ... Ralphie Tennelli (52 episodes, 1994-1997)

Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... The Producer (41 episodes, 1994-1997)

Danny Tamberelli ... Arnold Perlstein (39 episodes, 1995-1997)
Andre Ottley-Lorant ... Tim Jamal (39 episodes, 1995-1997)

Series Directed by
Larry Jacobs (39 episodes, 1994-1997)
Charles E. Bastien (30 episodes, 1995-1997)
Series Writing credits
Joanna Cole (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Bruce Degen (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Jocelyn Stevenson (23 episodes, 1994-1996)
Brian Muehl (17 episodes, 1994-1996)
George Arthur Bloom (15 episodes, 1995-1996)
John May (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Kristin Laskas Martin (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Ronnie Krauss (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
Robert Schechter (3 episodes, 1996)
Libby Hinson (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Sean Kelly (2 episodes, 1995)

Series Produced by
Deborah Forte .... executive producer (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Patrick Loubert .... executive producer: Nelvana (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Jane Startz .... executive producer (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Patricia R. Burns .... coordinating producer: Nelvana (51 episodes, 1994-1997)
Stephen Hodgins .... supervising producer: Nelvana (51 episodes, 1994-1997)
Alison Blank .... executive producer (23 episodes, 1994-1996)
Karen Stevens .... coordinating producer (22 episodes, 1994-1996)
Kristin Laskas Martin .... supervising producer / executive producer (21 episodes, 1994-1996)
Vince Commisso .... line producer / producer (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Janice M. Jacobs .... line producer (8 episodes, 1996)
Hasmi Giakoumis .... producer (6 episodes, 1994)
Kristen Martin .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1994)
Series Original Music by
Peter Lurye (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Casting by
Jessie Thomson (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Production Design by
Andrew Hickson (13 episodes, 1994)
Series Production Management
Eric Black .... post-production supervisor / post-production manager (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
John Lynn .... executive in charge of production (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Deborah Forte .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Bouchard .... assistant director (1 episode, 1994)
Scott Glynn .... assistant director (1 episode, 1994)
Glen Sylvester .... unit director (1 episode, 1994)
Michel Dazé .... unit director (1 episode, 1996)
Series Art Department
Andrew Hickson .... design supervisor (26 episodes, 1994-1995)
Charles E. Bastien .... storyboard artist (26 episodes, 1995-1997)
Robert Pincombe .... storyboard clean-up (13 episodes, 1997)
Franc Reyes .... designer (4 episodes, 1994)
Cynthia Ward .... character designer (3 episodes, 1994)
Series Sound Department
Elius Caruso .... sound re-recording mixer (26 episodes, 1995-1996)
Series Visual Effects by
Stephen Wood .... visual effects designer (13 episodes, 1994)
Series Animation Department
Tony Tarantini .... layout supervisor (39 episodes, 1994-1996)
Marcos Gonzalez .... layout artist (13 episodes, 1994)
Erich Salloch .... layout artist (13 episodes, 1994)
Ron Wilson .... layout artist (13 episodes, 1994)
Stuart Shankly .... layout artist (11 episodes, 1995)
John Mahovlich .... key animator (7 episodes, 1994)
Phillip Stamp .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Editorial Department
Frank Biasi .... on-line editor (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Peter Winninger .... pre-production editor (13 episodes, 1997)
Series Music Department
Peter Lurye .... composer: title song (52 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Other crew
Susan Blu .... voice director (52 episodes, 1994-1997)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Scholastic's The Magic School Bus" - USA (complete title)
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30 min
Sound Mix:
Canada:G | USA:TV-Y (some episodes) | USA:TV-G (1994-1996)

Did You Know?

[Ms. Frizzle is taking the parents through a bat filled castle]
Mr. Perlstein - Arnold's Dad:What *is* that smell?
Mr. Ramon - Carlos' Dad:That's bat poop, Mr. Perlstein. Better get used to it!
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Why was The Magic School Bus so good?, 15 August 2014
Author: rickystickyman from Pan-dimensional

The other day I caught my five year old nephew watching The Magic School Bus. At first I didn't think much of it, but then I caught myself sitting down and watching it for the first time in 10-12 years. I forgot how good the show was in its basic educational value.

The show follows a crazy/smart science teacher who has a magic school bus that can take her class on endless adventures through volcanoes, water, space, people's intestines, and other places. This gives the show a large variety of episode locations. This means the show can never be held back by the location because the School Bus is "magic".

While the class isn't the most interesting, they aren't boring either. Miss Frizzle always seems to know what is going on and is never "troubled" because she always has a plan. Arnold is always the nervous kid, Dorothy Ann is the bookworm, Ralphie is the muscle, and various other pretty basic character traits. However, it works surprisingly well compared to most kids' shows. This might be due to good voice acting or simply better timing on the dialogue, but all of the characters works pretty well.

The interesting thing about this show is that at the end of every episode there is a small skit where the "producer" is at home receiving phone calls about the episode just witnessed. This is actually really clever because it allows the show to... break the fourth wall while still being in its own show... literally the producer of the show has Liz (the class pet) with him so it is strange if the characters are conscious that they are in a show or not. Either way, these skits help explain "faults" in the episodes and help stop parent complaints. In one such episode, the character needs to fix the bus and they shrink down and examine the bus' engine from the inside. In real life, they would've been dead. So the ending skit with the producer has him receive a call from someone complaining about how "Unrealistic that was". So the producer comments back about why they allowed an unrealistic element in and how kids should watch out when handling gasoline or car parts. This cleverly allows the show to go into even more dangerous territory. A lower quality show would've avoided car parts in fear of parents complaining. However, The Magic School Bus doesn't avoid dangerous subjects, because it openly explains itself as to why it can do that.

The Magic School Bus is cliché at times. There's no doubt about that, however, it was a slightly early kids' educational animated show so you have to give it some credit that some of its clichés weren't as... bad back then.

All in all, The Magic School Bus is an educational kids' show that has held up fairly well over the course of time. It can be clever, risky, and humorous when it needs to be. Is it as educational as watching a documentary on the same subjects? Probably not. But it dumbs down the facts without diluting them too much, which is just enough for kids to learn. A very good show.

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