The Magic School Bus (1994–1998) 8 x DVD The Complete Series
The Magic School Bus books remain some of the best and most appreciated series of children’s books that blend education with entertainment, and the animated series captures the combined focus of their source material while expanding quite a bit on the characters and their of adventures. As prolific as the various series of books were, the animated series had a decent run itself with 52-episodes that took them from space to swamplands into a tree and just about everywhere else there was some science to be learned. Ideas for episodes do seem to repeat here and there, and they stop just short of the inevitable story where the bus gains full sentience and revolts on its bratty human overlords and the one they call Ms. Frizzle.

Each episode works according to the same basic plot: one of the kids in the class expresses a question over the importance of a certain organism or biological process and their eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle (voiced incredibly by Lily Tomlin) shepherds them all into the titular magic school bus that transforms into some other vehicle or an animal and allows them to witness the answer to their question firsthand. For all the fantastical spin the cartoon places on the school bus and its transformations, it really is a genius idea in terms of teaching kids basic scientific concepts. Instead of leaving the ideas as lofty abstracts, it attempts to show the processes in practical ways and with characters who ask simple but pertinent questions.

The series has some good animation and the driving idea behind it makes it both a source of entertainment and education for kids. With those three things in its corner, it’s hard not to recommend it as a great collection for children. This 8-DVD set containing all 52 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated science-adventure series.

8 x DVD | NTSC 4:3 | 1329 Minutes | 52.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Espanol
Subtitles: none

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