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The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series (2012)

Lily Tomlin , Daniel DeSanto , Larry Jacobs , Charles E. Bastien  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (608 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell, Maia Filar, Tara Meyer
  • Directors: Larry Jacobs, Charles E. Bastien
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 1560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (608 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007I1Q4MM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Parent's Guide Includes: A List of All Episodes and Topics, Tips for Viewing, Ideas for Family Science Fun, and more!
Kid's Guide Includes: Experiments, Activities, Facts and Notes, and more!
Languages: English and Spanish

Editorial Reviews

This 8-DVD set containing all 52 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated science-adventure series. Based on the bestselling books, kids everywhere can get charged up about science with this collectible, first-ever The Magic School Bus Complete Series.

Ride with Ms. Frizzle, teacher extraordinaire, and her enthusiastic, inquisitive students as their Magic School Bus takes them on cliff-hanging field trips inside the human body, back to prehistoric times, far out into space, and everywhere else in between!

Grab a seat and hang on for all four seasons of the longest-running kids science series ever! Inside find a full list of episodes, science topics, experiments and more!

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220 of 222 people found the following review helpful
For four fact filled seasons from 1994 to 1998, "The Magic School Bus" paved the way for kids to believe that science was cool. As the television landscape continues to devolve, it's refreshing to see the Bus resurface in this Complete Series collection. Charming and educational, this animated delight is comprised of 52 thirty minute episodes. Ms. Frizzle (voiced by the distinctive and invaluable Lily Tomlin) takes her class of enthusiastic students on trips filled with fantasy and wonder. Astronomy, biology, geology, physics, chemistry, paleontology, and just about every other "ology" gets a visit or two through the course of the various field trips. However, if you're shopping "The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series," you probably want to know what is included with your investment.

Packaging: The box set looks great. The cover is done in a 3-D lenticular design that already ups the cool quotient. Each of the eight DVDs is enclosed in its own case within the set with complete episode information for easy access. Each individual season has thirteen episodes over two of the DVDs.

Content: 52 episodes at approximately 22 hours of complete running time. Recommended ages 4-10. English or Spanish language options.

Bonus Material: A 24 page kids activity guide is a nice addition (though not the most sophisticated presentation I've ever seen). More valuable is the Parents' Guide. This tool helps you orchestrate lessons with your kids and makes this an invaluable teaching tool. I, personally, love that "The Magic School Bus" advocates parent involvement as opposed to being just another TV show to plant your kids in front of (although that's certainly an option too).
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wahoo! May 20, 2012
"Magic School Bus" was a major part of my TV-watching experience when I was a child. So honestly, watching the series today is a trip down memory lane -- and despite some scientific changes (such as computer advances or Pluto being exiled), "Magic School Bus: The Complete Series" still stands as a good, educational show for kids.

The story series around Ms. Valerie Frizzle (Lily Tomlin), an eccentric elementary-school teacher who dresses according to the episode's theme. She has a sentient lizard named Liz, and a school bus that can transform into whatever the episode requires.

She has a class of about eight students, who never seem to have math class or anything that requires them to actually stay in the building. Instead, Ms. Frizzle takes them on daily field trips, which the shape-shifting/time-traveling/shrinking bus allows them to do... in a very hands-on manner.

So the class goes on adventures in the digestive system, the bloodstream, a pickle jar, space (multiple times), the desert, a rotting log, an anthill, the Cretaceous Period, the water cycle, the bus's engine, a toy plane, Herp Haven, a beehive, an old monster movie, the Arctic, a magic pinball machine, muscles, the rainforest, a chicken egg, the swamp, the interior of a nose, electrical currents, a computer, a coral reef and so on.

And they learn about all sorts of things -- erosion, stars, cells, friction, ecosystems, microbes, recycling, tidepools, muscle oxygenation, reptiles, bats, light tricks, sound etc. Nothing is hugely in-depth, but they give a pretty good start for kids.

"Magic School Bus" was made in the mid-1990s, but it's actually held up quite well.
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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rare and wonderful - I LOVE THEM ALL April 30, 2012
Suitable for ages 3+ these animated adventures combine entertainment with education to help kids "learn about science in a fun way". Each episode is a half-hour long. Only 54 were made in the mid-1990s, with no plans to make any more, unfortunately, as they are wonderful. I LOVE THEM ALL.

Joyful and uplifting, The Magic School Bus children's cartoon series is rare because it is one of the few completely free from violence and brutality. (Studies have found that youngsters tend to mimic "fantasy" negative behavior seen on TV - which anyone with some common sense knows - so why is there so much, and for decades? Especially since, as other research shows, children actually prefer non-violent entertainment.)

Recently I sent a relative the full set of 54 for her grandchild (aged 4, whom she was looking after while her daughter had to be away on mid-wifery training) and was told "She has watched and watched the Magic School Bus over and over, all of them".

The complete collection is finally available again. Don't miss!
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92 of 112 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not captioned or subtitled! November 15, 2012
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FYI: Unlike the television broadcast and the individual DVDs you can purchase - the DVDs in this set do NOT have any closed captioning or subtitles so the material is inaccessible to children with hearing loss. We were so disappointed.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The movies themselves are great, but quality of the DVDs needs to be improved. Music and background effects are missing on some discs, only the dialogs can be heard. But when we played with the audio function on our DVD player and switched to Spanish language we didn't have that problem. We e-mailed the company, waiting for the response.
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The kids love watching these, but the quality of the DVDs look as though they were copied from VHS tapes. Very poor images at times which I found disappointing. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series- terrific bargain
My kids (4 & 5) LOVE these shows just as I did as a kid. The quality on these dvds is kind of poor, but for the price, its an absolute fantastic buy. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My kiddos in my classroom love this series. They have enjoyed the first few we have watched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My son jumped for joy when he saw we bought this dvd set
My son jumped for joy when he saw we bought this dvd set. We saved it for a special occasion and he was so excited. Two thumbs up.
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