Christina Wolfgram
November 27, 2015 8:28 am

Wow — did you ever notice that five of the kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class from The Magic School Bus strike a strong resemblance to the five members of Captain Planet’s Planeteers?

When Facebook user Jamie Steinheimer put the two groups side-by-side, it’s hard to miss the similarities. Arnold Matthew Perlstein could totally be a younger version of fire-wielding Wheeler, and Wanda Li could have grown up to look just like Gi, who controls water. Carlos Ramon and Dorothy Ann are pretty good dopplegangers for Ma-Ti and Linka, while Tim Jamal looks an awful lot like Kwame. You see it, right?

Did the kids from The Magic School Bus grown up to become the team on Captain Planet?

The Mary Sue shared a mind-blowing theory about how Ms. Frizzle’s pupils might have become super heroes. The theory is based on the idea that Ms. Frizzle is Gaia. In an effort to raise future Earth protectors, she kidnapped a bunch of kids, camped them on an island, and brainwashed them to think they were in school. It doesn’t seem like our favorite cooky teacher would be capable of something like that, but remember, Ms. Frizzle did shrink a school bus and use it to transport her class into the body of a sick classmate, so I guess that part of the theory could make sense.
So if Ms. Frizzle was training her students to become Captain Planet’s allies, why are there only five Planeteers? Don’t worry, this theory covers it:

*Jaw hits floor*

There’s only one major problem with the theory connecting The Magic School Bus kids to the Captain Planet team: Captain Planet debuted in 1990, four years before The Magic School Bus. Plus, The Magic School Bus series was based on books written by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan. The pair of authors wasn’t involved with Captain Planet at all.

But hey, if the Frizz taught us anything, there’s always more than what meets the eye.

(Image via PBS.)