A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teaches about weather and atmospheric science.
Plot emphasizes that sometimes it's better to take risks and get messy rather than playing it safe. Kids have a lot of curiosity and enthusiasm for science.
Positive Role Models
Diverse group of classmates are kind, team-oriented, and enthusiastic about learning.
Violence & Scariness
Moderate amounts of scariness as kids get stuck inside thunderstorms and a tornado.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magic School Bus Rides Again: The Frizz Connection, part of the The Magic School Bus Rides Again reboot, is full of adventure and science. The kids learn about weather and atmospheric science. There's a moderate amount of scariness and suspense as the kids' hot air balloons get caught inside a tornado and Mrs. Frizzle is on the verge of disappearing forever. Like other School Bus episodes, though, there's not really a doubt that the kids will get themselves out of trouble. This fun and exciting science caper will entertain fans of Mrs. Frizzle and the gang. 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 has the same adventure, humor, and science learning as other Magic School Bus episodes, and fans of the series will enjoy this special. Mrs. Frizzle makes abstract atmospheric science concepts such as air currents, high and low pressure systems, and tornadoes concrete and understandable. Along with this comes a fair amount of weather-related suspense, so kids with a fear of thunderstorms or tornadoes may be sensitive to this episode.
While the plots of many Magic School Bus episodes go into impossible territory, The Frizz Connection is fairly complicated and nonsensical (why does Mrs. Frizzle get split into 3 parts but the students don't?). But kids are unlikely to question the plot and will just enjoy the clever conceit of seeing Mrs. Frizzle's personality get distilled into three different characters. And the lesson Arnold learns when trapped with the rule-following version of Mrs. Frizzle is great: sometimes playing it safe will actually lead to more trouble.
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