Seatbelts, everyone! Netflix has released a trailer for the modern take on The Magic School Bus and 90s kids aren’t impressed.
The classic educational cartoon built a massive following when it was released in 1994, transforming the “average” science lesson into fantastical bus trips which were the envy of every classroom. I mean, who didn’t want to go on adventures into outer space, through the human digestive system, and back to prehistoric times, with their stylish teacher and a pet Chameleon?
Now, Netflix is bringing back the 90s phenomenon…with a modern twist.
The trailer sees the return of the original Ms. Frizzle (Lily Tomlin) as she hands over the Magic School Bus keys to the new Ms. Frizzle (Kate McKinnon) – the original school teacher’s younger sister. While Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s intro-song and McKinnon’s casting were well received by fans, the animation style has garnered a whole lot of criticism.
The original 90s cartoon featured an intricate hand-drawn animation style that was pretty impressive for its time. The modern sequel replaces the hand-drawn style with a modern, vibrant animation style which looks significantly less intricate.
This isn’t the first time we adults have spoken out about the animation style of modern children’s cartoons, with beloved classics like Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder and Bananas in Pyjamas, copping flack for their overly computerised facelifts.
Since the release of ‘The Magic School Bus’ trailer, the Youtube dislike button has received a major workout. At the time of writing, 7k disgruntled fans have given the teaser a thumbs-down, and only 4k viewers have given the show a thumbs-up.
Here is what Twitter had to say:
How is it that the one in the 90s looks better than this? pic.twitter.com/w9dVRf5zbn
— Mr.Wolfman (@BrianWolfman313) September 5, 2017
Why the hell does this look worse? WTF?!?!?
— Craig Anderson (@canderson1989) September 5, 2017
Netflix quit ruining my childhood challenge
— tgnzyn (@TeganZayne) September 5, 2017
Not a huge fan of the animation style but I’m always down for Magic School Bus, concept of the show keeps it good ??
— Tré Larkins (@TreXidus) September 5, 2017
The fuck are you doing to my childhood you monsters?!
— 0_________o (@0___________o) September 5, 2017
we didn’t want this and i’m calling the police
— austyn (@blaqdemarco) September 5, 2017
The Magic School Bus heads to Netflix September 29. Check out the trailer below: