A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teaches many STEM concepts about space, also emphasizes importance of communication.
Emphasizes fixing mistakes, making sacrifices for your friends, working together as a team to solve a problem.
Positive Role Models
Diverse kids have a curiosity for science and love of learning. Kids are friends across race and gender lines. Movie teaches lessons about importance of communication.
Violence & Scariness
Moderate amount of scariness: Characters are in peril at multiple points in the movie. They do show a moderate amount of fear, but it doesn't feel like they're about to meet their demise.
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Mild potty humor like seeing a monster character's green poop, and characters saying "'duties,' ha ha, I said 'duties'" and "pooga dunga doodie." Also a discussion about how astronaut pee is recycled into drinking water.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space is a TV special full of adventure and excitement featuring the characters from the classic books and TV shows. The climax features a moderately scary scene in which a main character is in danger of floating off into outer space, but it never feels like she's going to meet her demise. The special also has very mild potty humor, like a monster character's green poop, and characters saying "'duties,' ha ha, I said 'duties'" and "pooga dunga doodie." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This short movie brings all the humor, heart, and cool science facts typical of the series. The kids-turned-astronauts learn fun things about life in space, like why you can't actually eat "space ice cream" in space. Any kid into space, or really any kid in general, will love living vicariously through the Magic School Bus class. There's lots of silliness in The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space, but also a great lesson about why it's really important to communicate when you're working with a team. And as a bonus, there's lots of STEM learning throughout.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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