Mr. Rogers Documentary Trailer Debuts on Host's 90th Birthday

21 March, 2018, 08:10 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • The Fred Rogers Company		Fred Rogers with Daniel Tiger on Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Did you ever watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a kid?

The trailer for a new documentary of the venerable PBS children's series "Mr. Rogers's Neighborhood" debuted Tuesday and "Please Won't You Be My Neighbor" is already winning over viewers. Mister Rogers: It's You I Like, hosted by actor Michael Keaton (who got his start on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a stagehand), featured an all-star lineup of actors and entertainers paying tribute to Rogers, like Sarah Silverman, John Lithgow, Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg and Yo-Yo Ma. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was also awarded a Peabody in 1968 for youth and children's programming. Rogers died from stomach cancer in 2003, but the impact he made on television is still being felt and is celebrated in Won't You Be My Neighbor? It shows how Rogers never shied away from controversial subjects, spending a week explaining death after the assassination of RFK, and confronting racial bias and racism by adding Francois Clemmons as Officer Clemmons to his cast of characters.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" opens in select theaters June 8.

In the trailer, which includes behind-the-scenes footage as the Mister Rogers crew prepares the show's set (hanging sweaters in a closet, placing Trolly on its tracks), Fred Rogers sums up the guiding principle and the key to that unlikely success. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

The trailer caused a sensation on social media.

"Love is the root of everything, all learning, all relationships". A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this documentary is an emotional and moving film that takes you beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius, who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.



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