The Magic School Bus Rides Again (2017–2018)

TV Series   |  TV-Y   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Family

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Ms. Frizzle and her class along with an inventive high-tech bus that invites children on high-flying hijinks that introduce the incredible world of science.


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7 May 2020 | davedude52
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I watched the original Magic School Bus all the time when I was a kid, and... WHY did they flatten, remove, and add characters. In the original, each character had his/her distinct personality that played an important role in each episode, now every episode revolves around one character with the rest just there. Plus, why'd they change/remove Kiesha and Tim, two dark skinned character, and now have none. That seems like a step-down in diversity. WHY use Flash animations!!! They look so flat and boring, and to make up for that, they make all movements bouncy and unnatural. The old animation looked so nice, and the difficulty of true animation keeps weak ideas from ever being animated and released! I think the height of animation was the 90s, with shows like Magic School Bus, and Disney movies like Mulan and Tarzan. WHY are the lesson so bluntly obvious. This is a trend I see in new kid shows, and it kinda stinks. Rather than trying to fit a lesson INTO the story. (which requires decent writing) Kid show writers instead make a flashy, interesting story, and then just add 5 minutes of dry lessons into the show to explain it all. WHY does Netflix keep trying to dug at our nostalgic heart strings so we watch them? Netflix has been making a lot nostalgic tv-shows. Some of them just feel rushed, hoping that the classic name will save them.

Now, as much as I like the modernization of the show, it will seem very dated within a few years, compared to the original. I can only think of one episode from the original that is truly outdated, the computer one. But many episodes of the new one contain unnecessary ties to pop culture that will out date it quicker than you can say "why." 2/10

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