Mr. McFeely's purple panda terrifies children


55 Responses to “Mr. McFeely's purple panda terrifies children”

  1. Alex says:

    “Look, look! He’s just somebody pretend—” Hahaha! That was brilliant.

  2. Maddy says:

    “Mr. McFeely?”  Really?

    • Dean Putney says:

      Mister Rogers’ middle name was McFeely, so yeah, really. The actor playing McFeely keeps up the good work even after Mister Rogers has passed:

      • Donald Petersen says:

        Fred Rogers named the character after his maternal grandfather Fred McFeely, the guy he himself was named after.  He loved that old guy.

    • Sparg says:

      Perhaps the original Gaelic would better avoid the giggles:  Mac Ficheallaí.

  3. lostmongoose says:

    I came here expecting ‘purple panda’ to be a euphemism >.>;;

  4. blueelm says:

    Oh lord, just the post title alone!

  5. Stefan Jones says:

    If I ran a company that made disposable toddler training pants  I’d hire an army of purple pandas to make surprise visits to nursery schools around the country. PROFIT!

  6. BBNinja says:

    Nobody likes the new World of Warcraft update apparently. :/

  7. Samsa says:

    Funny, but so fake as to not be that funny.

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I fucking hate pandas.

  9. RHK says:

    It’s Sexual Harassment Pan-da!

  10. Kurt Thomas says:

     That is a pretty scary looking panda. ..

  11. Navin_Johnson says:

    He must have escaped from Prince’s zoo..

  12. semiotix says:

    Great clip of Mr. McFeely terrifying children. Now post the one where he testifies before a Senate subcommittee to get a little more funding for PBS, and an enraged committee chairman outlaws all children’s television. Or the one where he accidentally starts a race riot at the Daytime Emmys.

    (Seriously, though, you really ought to check these out.)

  13. Purple Panda is from Planet Purple.  He is Make-Believe and doesn’t actually belong to Mr. McFeely.

  14. Eark_the_Bunny says:

    Be thankful it was not a purple dinosaur instead.

  15. Chris Specker says:

    I would be afraid, too.  Have none of you read “The Colour out of Space” by H.P. Lovecraft?

    Clearly that panda was infected.

  16. Stefan Jones says:

    I used to live in Mr. Rogers neighborhood! At the time I was going to CMU he lived in a condo just off of campus. The studio where he worked was around the corner (sort of . . . Pittsburgh is kind of a three dimensional city*). As I recall, “Mr. McFeely” often appeared on pledge breaks  for the local PBS station.

    * CMU’s campus is on Forbes Avenue. You go west on Forbes a bit, over a bridge, and you make a right on Craig. Then you make the next right. And the next right after that, and you drive and you don’t hit Forbes again . . . after you pass Mr. Roger’s Studio you’re in a gulch a hundred feel under Forbes, and if you don’t turn around right away you end up in a chain of working class neighborhoods of squirrely little streets that bend back on each other in non-Euclidian ways.

    Man, I loved driving in Pittsburgh.

  17. Guido says:

    Available only in the US. PBS? 


  18. sockdoll says:

    I was waiting for Mr. McFeely to pull off the panda’s head and say “See? It’s just a make-believe panda.”

  19. kmoser says:

    Apparently children have a lower uncanny valley threshold than do adults.

  20. liquidstar says:

    Hm.  Looks like the bear’s resemblance to a typical “grey” destroyed all the children’s screen memories simultaneously.

  21. Diogenes says:

    Once they started crying, Purple Panda should have just given up and gone with it; growl, roar and chase the kids around the room.  What the heck they’re already scared witless; have some fun with it!

  22. timquinn says:

    Apparently McFeely hadn’t heard that pandas are carriers of ebola purpurae. Children are much better informed in the age of the internet, but they still have a hard time distinguishing fantasy from reality.

  23. BombBlastLightingWaltz says:

    Gee, purple panda doesnt do anything but stand there and stare. No wonder the kids got spooked. 

  24. Ladyfingers says:

    Too skinny, too obviously a person in a suit.

  25. pjcamp says:

    I only want to see the outtake where Mr. Rogers can’t get the tent set up and curses like a . . . well, like someone who doesn’t know how to curse. Saw it about 30 years ago and haven’t seen it since.

  26. Culturedropout says:

    Actually, the kids saw the purple panda and realized it would one day evolve into… Barney.  XO

  27. Gordon Klock says:

    If you note that his eyes look like his mouth,his face becomes alien & freaky…..

  28. petsounds says:

    I can’t blame the kids; that panda’s crinkled eyes and sharp smile do look rather sinister.

  29. drippy says:

    Wow. Repressed childhood memories are flooding back. I seem to recall a series of episodes of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood where the Purple Panda (who was a giant) was slowly walking toward the Neighborhood of Make-Believe causing its residents to freak out, causing me to freak out.

  30. WinstonSmith2012 says:

    Damn!  I knew I shouldn’t have washed my panda costume with that new purple t-shirt!

  31. serpent says:

    The kids knew what’s coming. They knew. You never say no to panda.

  32. bluest_one says:

    Oh god – it’s the way he walks into the room. The creepy, floaty walk, with the insincere ‘jolly’ bounce. That and the fixed fake smile. No wonder they freaked; everything about his movement & expression said “I’m faking being nice” (and so obviously hiding sinister intentions).

  33. SwippySlobestra says:

    BTW that is the real Mr. McFeely, David Newell.

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