Won't you be my neighbor?
Everyone born between 1958 and 2000 remembers classic television children’s programme Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and its colourful, charismatic host Fred Rogers. The series, created for children between the ages of 2 and 5, originally aired on CBC in 1963, before spending 35 years on PBS between 1966 and 2001.
Who else remembers spending countless hours in front of the television screen literally answering Mr. Rogers’ questions out loud? It certainly brings me right back into my childhood living room!
Fred Rogers passed away in 2003, but is fondly remembered for the valuable life lessons he taught children and adults for the 38 years during which he hosted his exceptional programme. His dedication to children and his consistent promotion of good values made his one of pop culture’s most beloved and recognizable faces.
Now, ex-children of all ages will delight in the news that a documentary about Fred Rogers is in the works. The Focus Features production aptly named Won’t You Be My Neighbor? will take a look at Fred Rogers’ life and work. We’ll get to see his signature smile, bright cardigans and valuable life lessons on our television screens once more! Won’t You Be My Neighbor? will be released on June 8, 2018.
The Fred Rogers I discovered making this film is at once comfortably familiar and completely surprising. I believe Mister Rogers is the kind of voice we need to hear right now.
The choice to release a Fred Rogers documentary seems particularly apt right now. In a time when the media is flooded with the ugliest of stories, we need a reminder of how to live more neighbourly lives at every level of society. One Tweet really seemed to hit the nail on the head:
Can’t wait to see the new Mr. Rogers documentary? Lucky for you, there are plenty of full episodes and clips from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on YouTube to hold you over: