On June 10, 2014, Scholastic Media announced that it will be releasing an all-new animated series which will be inspired by the original show entitled The Magic School Bus Rides Again.The revival eventually premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017.On July 31, 2012, New Video Group released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.Various computer and video games associated with the series were released from 1994 to 2001, and were typically amalgamations of storylines from both the original book series and the television show. A video game titled The Magic School Bus: Oceans was released for Nintendo DS on October 25, 2011, ten years after the release of the last game.In 1994, The Magic School Bus concept was made into an animated series of the same name by Scholastic Entertainment and it premiered on September 10, 1994.The idea for the show was thought up by Former Scholastic Entertainment Vice President and Senior Editorial Director Craig Walker.In 2005, Nelvana sold the series to Latin America's Cartoon Network.
The series was widely known in Canada for showing reruns on CBC as part of its children's block, now known as Kids' CBC, from 1999 to 2004.
The show was close-captioned by the National Captioning Institute when it aired on PBS.
In the United States, The Magic School Bus series was presented by PBS from its inception until 1998, then by Fox Kids from 1998 until 2002.
The show was produced through cel animation and in an audio style reminiscent of Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 1970s and 1980s. Two of the writers for the show were Brian Muehl and Jocelyn Stevenson, who also worked on Fraggle Rock.
On the PBS version, the show was funded by the National Science Foundation, Microsoft Home, the US Department of Energy, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the annual financial support from the viewers/stations of PBS.