The Magic School Bus
Based on the popular books by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, this television series combines fantasy with science education. Via her magical transforming school bus, Ms. Frizzle takes her curious and often doubting class "into" the natural and scientific worlds. Through their many science lessons, Arnold, Ralphie, Wanda, and the rest of the class travel to outer space, under the sea, and even go through Ralphie's digestive system. Lily Tomlin marvelously captures the energy and mystery of Ms. Frizzle as she was characterized in the Magic School Bus books. The Magic School Bus appeals to children of various ages, as the colorful animation and silly antics of Liz and the bus entertain preschoolers, whilst older children enjoy learning how things work from the inside out. ~ Heather M. Fierst, All Movie Guide.
The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in its Pants (Ants)
This 30-minute video features Ms. Frizzle and the curious kids in her classroom studying ant colonies for their science fair. When the class shrinks down and enters an anthill, they are able to see how well ants communicate and cooperate to help one another live. They learn that every ant is important. This video is taken from the Emmy award-winning animated series previously seen on PBS and is recommended for ages five to eight. ~ Karla Baker, All Movie Guide.
The Magic School Bus: Butterfly and the Bog Beast (Butterflies)
When Janet suggests "The Butterflies" for the soccer team mascot, the kids are skeptical. So Miss Frizzle (voiced by Lily Tomlin) and her magic bus takes Phoebe, Arnold, Janet, and the rest of the class into the swamp to find out about butterflies. There's lots of information packed into this 30-minute educational adventure. One of the best science series for children, this video is recommended for ages six to nine. ~ Heather M. Fierst, All Movie Guide.
The Magic School Bus: In a Beehive (Honeybees)
From the award-winning television series The Magic School Bus comes another animated science adventure tale featuring the wacky and mysterious Ms. Frizzle (voiced by Lily Tomlin) and her class. The episode "In a Beehive" finds the Friz's students in the intriguing inner world of a beehive. Soon the kids are observing the fascinating behavior of these tiny creatures and they learn just how nectar becomes honey. This episode, as are all the Magic School Bus videos, is based upon the book by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan. The program is best suited for children ages six to 12. ~ Sally Barber, All Movie Guide.