There's going to be a feature documentary about Mister Rogers next year. It's aptly titled Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
and will showcase "the lessons, ethics and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers."
Fred Rogers led a singular life. He was a puppeteer. A minister. A musician. An educator. A father, a husband, and a neighbor. Fred Rogers spent 50 years on children’s television beseeching us to love and to allow ourselves to be loved. With television as his pulpit, he helped transform the very concept of childhood. He used puppets and play to explore the most complicated issues of the day—race, disability, equality and tragedy. He spoke directly to children and they responded by forging a lifelong bond with him—by the millions. And yet today his impact is unclear. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? explores the question of whether or not we have lived up to Fred's ideal. Are we all good neighbors?
The film will be directed by Morgan Neville, who won an Academy Award for 20 Feet From Stardom.
Mister Rogers Documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Acquired by Focus Features
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Over the weekend, two episodes of Mister Roger's Neighborhood
"Conflict" series unexpectedly appeared
on YouTube after being unavailable for three decades. YouTube quickly removed them, but to many, the timing felt related to Trump's plans to defund PBS. Read the rest
"I want to show you something," intones Mister Rogers, showing these pikers how he's been terrifying children with his creepy clown prank since 1968. Read the rest
I think one of them freaked and set the rest of them off, like a field of shrieking land mines. The howling combined with poor old Mr. McFeely trying to console the kids is haunting. Speedy Delivery!
I would also like to take this opportunity to make you aware that there are a ton of Mister Rogers episodes up on the PBS Kids website. Have fun, kids.
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