12 Crazy Things You Never Realized About 'The Magic School Bus'

Diply 24 Jun 2016

When I was in elementary school, the simplest things could change your entire mood. Like if it started raining outside and you had to stay inside for recess – remember how much that sucked? Or when your teacher didn't quite feel like teaching anymore so they put an educational movie on – AMAZING. But hands down, one of the best things that could ever happen during the school day was if your teacher decided to put on a VHS of The Magic School Bus. I mean, if there's a kid out there who would rather listen to their middle-aged bitter spinster of a grade two teacher than watch Ms. Frizzle and the kids do their thang, then I've yet to meet them.

Anyway... here are several things you definitely didn't know about the iconic kid's show.

1. The theme song was performed by Little Richard.

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Yeah, how bad ass is that?

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2. The show was recently picked up by Netflix.

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And guess what? They'll be releasing new episodes next year. Get ready to learn, folks!

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3. The entire book series was influenced by one man's love of field trips.

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When teachers kept asking for more scientific content from their publication, Scholastic President Craig Walker used his love of field trips to come up with the premise for The Magic School Bus.

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4. The author struggled to write the first book.

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Joanna Cole admits that the first book was the hardest one to write. She didn't know if she would be able to combine learning, humor and science into a book that kids would enjoy. But in the end, I think it's safe to say that she pulled it off.

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5. The student characters are based off of the animator's kid's class photos. 

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Bruce Degen literally sifted through his children's classroom photos and chose the kids whom he felt had the look he wanted for his book. The best part? These kids don't even realize they're basically in the show!

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6. Liz is actually a Jackson’s chameleon, not an iguana. 

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The species almost resembles a triceratops, and was chosen as Ms. Frizzle's sidekick because of how weird chameleons look.

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7. Lily Tomlin did the voice of Ms. Frizzle.

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And she was so good at it that she took home a Daytime Emmy for her work!

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8. Each book takes about a year to make.

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Cole says that she takes about six months to heavily research the topic at hand, and then another six months actually writing the material.

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9. Ms. Frizzle is based off of a real person too!

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Scholastic President Craig Walker said that Ms. Frizzle is the perfect combination of his eccentric second grade teacher and the author of the series, Joanna Cole.

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10. The show has addressed global warming.

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Cole released The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge in 2010, and many parents were actually livid. Cole felt that the hot topic needed to be addressed, however.

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11. The actor who voiced Arnold once had to voice Ralphie.

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Danny Tamberelli was always the voice of Arnold, but when they desperately need a fill in for the guy who voiced Ralphie, he stepped up to the plate.

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12. The voice of Arnold was also the voice of Jimmy in the popular video game GTA V. 

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Talk about being able to play a broad range of characters!

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Who was your favorite character? COMMENT and let us know.

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