Won't You Be My Neighbor?
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Fred Rogers spent decades on television, using puppets and play to inspire the imaginations of countless children. But his ideals and compassion also transformed our very concept of childhood – and of what it means to be good neighbors to each other. Directed by Academy Award® -winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? offers a glimpse behind the cardigan at the life and legacy of this singular, fascinating man.
- Joanne Rogers
- John Rogers
- Jim Rogers
- Bill Isler
- Hedda Sharapan
- Junlei Li
- Max King
- Margaret Whitmer
- Tom Junod
- Betty Seamans
Did You Know?
- Director Morgan Neville was partly inspired to create this documentary after asking Yo-Yo Ma about how he handled his status of being a celebrity. Ma said Fred Rogers mentored him on how his fame could be used for good.
- When the documentary starts talking about the Challenger disaster, it's intercut with scenes of a Neighborhood episode in which Dr. Bill Platypus is launched in Lady Elaine's rocket ship. The episode in question aired in 1969, a good 17 years before the Challenger exploded.
- Fred Rogers: Love is at the root of everything - all learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it. And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become.
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Anyone who doesn't shed a tear during this movie just isn't human. No pulse at all.
This movie brings you back to your childhood and brings back all the feelings you thought you lost growing up!!!!
This might seem a quaint revelation, but it proves to be a powerful one. Learning that even Mr. Rogers questioned whether one man could make a difference is both heartening and saddening, enough to bring out in the viewer an overwhelming mix of emotions.
The film is touching, sometimes saccharine, and other times bluntly honest, but it works best as a fascinating reminder that Rogers was trying to be more than a mascot of American politeness.
There's more to Fred Rogers than any 93-minute documentary can contain, and it was easy for me not to lament what Neville wasn't doing and just to embrace what Rogers was.