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Buckle Up!: Original Classmates Returning for The Magic School Bus Revival

It has been 20 years since Ms. Frizzle, her chameleon Liz, and the rest of The Magic School Bus gang went off the air. If the reruns haven’t been enough to sustain you in the time since, Netflix has good news: The beloved kids' program will be the latest series to receive their revival treatment, and you can expect some familiar cast members to return.

Netflix first announced plans for a reboot in 2014, and Stu Stone—who voiced Ralphie—recently shared details about the casting process. Stone will be reprising his role in the new version of the series, and he tells TMZ that several of the other original voice actors have signed on for the project as well. He also said that he has received interest from big name stars looking to get involved, and that the new episodes will feature “tons of cameos.”

When news of the revival first broke a few years ago, The New York Times reported that the show would be computer animated and included modern updates like a revamped bus and new gadgets. It was originally slated to premiere in 2016, but production reportedly just started getting underway. Guest stars have yet to be confirmed, but Dolly Parton, Carol Channing, Alex Trebek, and Tom Cruise (yep) are just some of the celebrities who’ve lent their voice talents to The Magic School Bus in the past. Fans will also have to wait and see if the new show comes with a new opening song, or if it keeps Little Richard's classic theme.

[h/t New York Daily News]

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This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark
The Force Field Cloak
The Force Field Cloak

Many kids have a security blanket they bring to bed with them every night, but sometimes, a regular blankie is no match for the monsters that invade their imaginations once the lights are off. Now there’s a glow-in-the-dark blanket designed to make children feel safer in bed, no night light required.

Dubbed the Force Field Cloak, the fleece blanket comes in several colorful, glowing patterns that remain invisible during the day. At night, you leave the blanket under a bright light for about 10 minutes, then the shining design will reveal itself in the dark. The glow lasts 8 to 10 hours, just long enough to get a child through the night.

Inventor Terry Sachetti was inspired to create the blanket by his own experiences struggling with scary nighttime thoughts as a kid. "I remember when I was young and afraid of the dark. I would lie in my bed at night, and my imagination would start getting the best of me," he writes on the product's Kickstarter page. "I would start thinking that someone or something was going to grab my foot that was hanging over the side of the bed. When that happened, I would put my foot back under my blanket where I knew I was safe. Nothing could get me under my blanket. No boogiemen, no aliens, no monsters under my bed, nothing. Sound familiar?"

The Force Field Cloak, which has already surpassed its funding goals on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter, takes the comfort of a blanket to the next level. The glowing, non-toxic ink decorating the material acts as a gentle night light that kids can wrap around their whole body. The result, the team claims, is a secure feeling that quiets those thoughts about bad guys hiding in the shadows.

To pre-order a Force Field Cloak, you can pledge $36 or more to the product’s Indiegogo campaign. It is expected to start shipping in January 2018.

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The Most Popular Holiday Toys of the Past 35 Years
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From Tamagotchis to Teddy Ruxpin, everyone remembers the most coveted holiday toys from their childhood—the toys that, whether you knew it then or not, your parents stood in line for hours to buy or paid premium prices for (it's not too late to thank them).

Online coupon site and shopping portal Ebates took a festive walk down memory lane to pay tribute to the most impossible-to-find toys of holiday seasons past, beginning with 1983's Cabbage Patch Kids craze and leading up to last year's Nintendo NES Classic. How many did you own?

The Most Popular Toys Through the Decades

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