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The Magic School Bus Rides Again: The Frizz Connection

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Lots of fun, learning in special about weather science.

Movie NR 2020 44 minutes
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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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