"The Magic School Bus" is an award-winning, animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. The debate is intense: Should Walkerville get rid of the swamp by the river and replace it with a fantastic new shopping mall? Carlos, representing his class, is given the task of persuading the town council to keep the smelly old swamp. The kids learn that the swamp is an important habitat and natural water filter, but the council's not convinced until a flood occurs.