Emmy award-winning SNL star Kate McKinnon is joining Netflix’s highly-anticipated reboot of the beloved animated children’s series The Magic School Bus. She will be taking on the role of beloved Miss Frizzle, the eccentric and wildly red-haired teacher whose unorthodox methods of demonstrating science to her third-grade students sometimes involved shrinking down to microscopic size or diving deep under the ocean. The streaming service announced the inspired bit of casting recently at a press event in New York City.
The modernized version of the classic series will be called The Magic School Bus Rides Again and will be computer-animated, as opposed to the traditionally-animated original. Originally announced as The Magic School Bus 360, the reboot has been in the works at the streaming giant since 2014.McKinnon replaces Lily Tomlin, who won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Miss Frizzle on the original, which ran for four seasons from 1994 to 1997 on PBS.
Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date for The Magic School Bus Rides Again.