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The Magic School Bus is a series of children's books intended to teach scientific concepts to children. They were written between 1986 and 2001 by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degan. The books feature the exploits of Ms. Frizzle and her class of students at Walkerville Elementary who board a magical school bus which takes them on educational adventures to space, under the Earth, into the human body, or to other such locations. The books were written in the first person from the point of view of an unnamed student in the Friz's class.

In 1994, the Magic School Bus concept was made into a television show of the same name by Scholastic Productions. Each episode runs about 30 minutes. The show originally aired on PBS in the United States, it being the first fully animated series to air on that network. The last episode was released in 1997, when the series was dropped to make room for more shows aimed at pre-schoolers. Fox Network now owns the series broadcast rights in North America, and there are no plans to make more episodes. The Magic School Bus is also shown on TLC Network and Discovery Kids. After the last Magic School Bus book was released, Cole and Degen started in 2001, as a new series called Ms. Frizzle's Adventures which teaches social studies. There are now two books in that series.

Microsoft started releasing Magic School Bus software in 1994.

Since the Magic School Bus books present scientific facts in the form of stories in which fantastic things happen (for example, a bus turns into a spaceship, or children shrink to the size of blood cells), each book has a page at the end detailing in a humorous manner which parts of the book represented scientific fact and which were fanciful storytelling. In the TV show, this was replaced by a short scene at the end of each episode in which the producer of the show (voiced by Malcolm-Jamal Warner, of Cosby Show fame) receives phone calls from kids complaining about how some things that happened on the show couldn't happen in real life.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Dec 07, 1997
Premiere September 10, 1994
Episodes 52
Network PBS
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Shannon Duff....   Additional Voices (voice) (1996-1997)
John White....   Additional Voices (voice)
Asia Vieira....   Additional Voices (voice)
Don Dickinson....   Additional Voices (voice)
Amos Crawley....   Additional Voices (voice)
Karen Bernstein....   Additional Voices (voice)
Max Beckford....   Additional Voices (voice)
Josh LaBove....   Announcer
Danny Tamberelli....   Arnold Perlstein (voice) (as Daniel Tamberelli)
Daniel DeSanto....   Carlos Ramon (voice)
Tara Meyer....   Dorothy Ann (voice)
Rita Moreno....   Dr. Skeledon (voice)
Edward Asner....   General Aranius (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Renessa Blitz....   Janet (voice)
Erica Luttrell....   Keesha Franklin (voice)
Paul Winfield....   Mr. Ruhle: the School Principal (voice)
Lily Tomlin....   Ms. Valerie Frizzle (voice)
Maia Filar....   Phoebe Terese (voice)
Stuart Stone....   Ralphie Tennelli (voice)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner....   The Producer (voice)
Andre Ottley-Lorant....   Tim (voice)
Lisa Yamanaka....   Wanda Li (voice)

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