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Should a Redhead Play The Role of Ms. Frizzle?

By: Brenna Gray

An animated revival of The Magic School Bus may be in the works, but fans of the show are hoping a live-action adaption be made soon.

The beloved children’s TV show and educational book series featured the iconic Ms. Frizzle (Valerie Felicity Frizzle), sometimes known as “The Friz”. She coincidentally shares a middle name with another well known redhead, Felicity Merriman, from the American Girl series.

Ms. Frizzle (known for having frizzy red hair, wrapped in a bun) is an eccentric 3rd grade teacher at Walkerville Elementary School, and best known for using a variety of unusual magic devices to teach her class about science.

Her beauty secret for keeping her red hair from frizzing is none other than static electricity.

Another favorite science trick of Ms. Frizzle’s is her use of the magical school bus. If you went to elementary school in the ‘90s or ‘00s, she probably taught you a thing or two about science.

Fans of the show are excited to see who hops behind the wheel of the magic school bus once again for the role of Ms. Frizzle; and followers of the show continue to dress like Ms. Fizzle (doesn’t something about her style & hair remind you of Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy?)…

Fan dresses as Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus at a 2015 Seattle Cosplay Event.

Right now, the Internet wants the Emmy nominee and Black-ish TV star Tracee Ellis Ross to play the role. Josh Gwynn, an associate producer for Pineapple Studios in New York City, first suggested the idea back in May through a tweet:


He said, “You can’t tell me Tracee Ellis Ross wouldn’t be the best live action Mrs. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus.”

It must have caught Ross’s attention because this past Friday (7/14) Ross expressed interest in the idea by tweeting:

Speaking to her almost 700,000 fans, she said, “…now what’s this I hear about some of you wanting me to play Ms. Frizzle on Magic School Bus? Tell me more…”.

This may be wishful thinking because nothing is in the works yet, but this topic has been getting a lot of buzz lately.

There is also a lot of controversy about the actress choice because Tracee Ellis Ross is not a natural redhead and people think Ms. Frizzle wouldn’t be Ms. Frizzle without her iconic frizzy red hair.

Should Ms. Frizzle stay a redhead or is it time for a change? What are your thoughts? Who would you cast as Ms. Frizzle if you had the choice?

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Rock it like a Redhead!