Substitute science teachers, rejoice — you’ll soon have some updated material to play for the kids while you text your friends and flip through that issue of People Magazine. Netflix announced on Tuesday (June 10) that they would be reviving the wacky-yet-educational ‘90s classic “The Magic School Bus” for 26 half-hour episodes, set to kick off in 2016.
However, don’t necessarily expect the same Liz the Lizard and Valerie Felicity Frizzle (voiced by Lily Tomlin, natch) that you knew and loved in the original series, which ran on PBS from 1994 to 1997. The New York Times reports that this version of “TMSB” will actually be titled “The Magic School Bus 360°,” and feature all sorts of new tricks like robots and smart suits.
“’Magic School Bus,’ the old version, is remarkably popular on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer of the site. “It teaches science in a way that transcends generations… parents trust it and kids love it.”
Pretty much every ’90s kid in the solar system (or human body, frog habitat, or rotten log) is currently nodding their head in agreement. But don’t freak out too much about the revamp, nostalgia freaks — this early concept art for the reboot certainly makes it look like all of the old faves are returning. Arnold, Carlos, Mrs. Frizzle, and the eternally mischievous Liz can all be seen in the picture, they’re just a little bit more … highly-pixilated … than their old school counterparts.