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The Magic School Bus: Catches a Wave

4.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Dive into three refreshing episodes with Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus! The Friz takes her class on a rainy ride through the life cycle of a water drop, on the rough 'n' tumble journey of a boulder subject to water erosion and on a bubbly trip to the bottom of Walkerville Lake. These educational adventures with the vehicle that can go anywhere and be anything offer new discoveries galore to those riding along! Featuring lots of watery wonders, these fabulous fun times show your child how to soak up some science while having a wet and wild blast! Includes three 30-minute TV episodes: Wet All Over; Rocks and Rolls; and Ups and Downs.

Special Features

  • Three adventures: Wet All Over, Rocks and Rolls, Ups and Downs
  • What comes next: How fast can you unravel these water mysteries?

Product Details

  • Actors: Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell, Tara Meyer, Maia Filar
  • Writers: Bruce Degen, Joanna Cole
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4IMO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Magic School Bus: Catches a Wave" on IMDb

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 2, 2010
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Intrepid Ms Frizzle and her curious young students are back with another great show, well, three episodes actually: In "Wet all Over", Ms Frizzle shrinks everyone to teardrop size to learn about the water cycle, in "Rocks and Rolls", the class goes on a rocky adventure to discover how erosion takes place, and in "Ups and Downs", the gang heads for the bottom of Walkerville Lake for another adventure.

Total running time is about 80 mins and the language options are English, Spanish and French. My 5 year-old loves this series and it's a great way to cultivate her interest in science. Highly recommended!
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This is a great DVD. The episode on erosion (Rocks and Rolls) and the power of water is one of our MSB favorites. The water cycle one (Wet All Over?) is also very good, although maybe not so much for the particularly young (my littlest one lost interest in this one at 3yrs old). The field trip to the bottom of the lake was ok, but we wouldn't list it among the best. I was hoping for an exploration of a coral reef, but apparently I'll have to wait a little longer!
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I homeschool (unschool) my son, and the Magic School Bus series is GREAT for teaching kids science. We now have all the DVD sets and a few VHS's.

If you're unfamiliar with the premise, the central characters are Ms. Frizzle (a teacher), her class, Liz the lizard and the Bus. Ms. Frizzle takes her class on crazy field trips, where Bus--and sometimes the kids!--experience a transformation so they can get closer to the action. (For example, become a bee or turning into water droplets.)

I recently purchased The Magic School Bus: Catches a Wave for my son to complete our collection. As usual, it's excellent!

This particular DVD has a run time of 80 minutes and features these three episodes:

Wet All Over - The Friz takes her class on a rainy ride through the life cycle of a water drop.

Rocks and Rolls - Friz and the kids go on a rough-n-tumble journey as they see a boulder subject to water erosion.

Ups and Downs - This bubbly trip takes place at the bottom of Walkerville lake!

There's not much in the way of bonus material, as usual (only What Comes Next?: How Fast Can YOu Unravel These Water Mysteries). The languages available are English, Spanish and French.

Highly recommend edutainment for children, especially if you want to introduce or reinforce science concepts!
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This DVD has been so helpful with my children. I have 2 autistic children who Love this DVD series. I decided to show them The Magic School Bus since it is educational and they absorbed and memorized it very quickly. They now have a better grasp on science, math, every day life, the enviroment and much more thanks to this DVD and the many others like it. I would recommmend these DVD's for both special needs and typically developing children. It is entertaining (even for adults) and it is brightly colored, peppered with humor and has great facts. The kids don't even know they are learning!!
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I really don't know why, but my 4 yr old son doesn't like this video as much as the other Magic School Bus videos (which he loves). I think it's great - educational, entertaining, and wholesome. My son's favorites are the Human Body and Space Adventures videos.
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Teaching my 1st graders about the water cycle and bought this movie to support the science curriculum. They LOVED it. Had a couple of kids ask if they could take it home to watch with their families :)
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We own all the magic school bus books and dvds. my son loves these and he really learns something. he watches them over and over. great great cd
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My daughter is 6 1/2 years old, very smart and loves The Magic School Bus videos. They are fun, eduacational and easy to comprehend.
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