Mister Rogers is heading to the big screen in a new documentary President George W. Bush greets Mister Rogers in the Blue Room before an early childhood education event in the East Room April 3, 2002. (White House photographer Susan Sterner/Wiki/Rudi Riet/Flickr)
Mister Rogers is heading to the big screen in a new documentary
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Today’s media climate is broken and volatile. It’s hard to remember a time when there was a national figure as beloved as Fred Rogers. He was known to families across the country as a benevolent TV host. He hosted “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” 

Rogers was a champion for children. He knew their needs and their desires. He knew their feelings were paramount above all else. He was on the air for 33 years. His program taught kids how to be kind to each other and love themselves.

Apart from his demeanor and tone, Rogers was famous for the simple cardigans that he would wear on his show. These were all hand-knit by his mother. In 2003, Smithsonian wrote about his iconic wardrobe. A red sweater of his sits in the collections of the National Museum of American History. Then-curator Dwight Blocker Bowers said, “Mister Rogers’ style of comfort and warmth, of one-on-one conversation, is conveyed in that sweater. Can values be taught via mass culture? I think Mister Rogers is proof that they can.”

The documentary from Focus Features is billed as a close look at Rogers’ life. It also looks at the values that he held close. He used the show to help children understand the real-life struggles of civil rights. He helped them understand the difficulties they might face at home with issues like divorce.

The movie is called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” It will hit theaters June 8.

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why is the new Mr. Rogers documentary being made now, so many years after "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" went off the air?
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COMMENTS (15)
  • JanethS-ilc
    4/17/2018 - 02:52 p.m.

    It is because Mr. Rogers was an emblematic character, who helped children to understand values and difficult situations they could have faced. Now, people become aware of the meaning that a television figure shows that kind of information due to most of the current t.v. programs focus their contents on irrelevant topics. The documentary about him is a recognition of his actions and pretends to show people what is really important in life.

  • JordanL-ilc
    4/17/2018 - 05:22 p.m.

    Mr. Rogers' life should be taken to a movie a long time ago because it is the only way to show people the meaning of solidarity. Nowadays, most of people have resources to help poor people, but most of them just care about themselves.

  • JazminA-ilc
    4/17/2018 - 07:03 p.m.

    Because it is common to make movies or documentaries after the person dies. Fred Rogers died in 2003. Another reason can be that during last years a lot of sad events have happened in the US related to children,boys using arms, killing; so society maybe need persons like Fred Rogers that be really interested in children and help them and their families.

    Not everything is making money, having jobs. Parents should dedicate a lot of time to their children and teach them values and how to support difficult situations in life, such as illness, divorce because not everything is perfect in life but the clue is to be happy always.

  • ChristianC-ilc
    4/17/2018 - 11:21 p.m.

    Because he is a beloved person for Americans, everybody should know how he has helped so many people with his program. We are part of a new generation that was not aware of this iconic character.

  • GabyV-ilc
    4/17/2018 - 11:26 p.m.

    A whole generation was educated, and values were taught by mister Rogers. Today’s adults grew up watching Ms. Rogers’ TV program. Now, they are the big fans that are waiting for the new documentary. Ms. Rogers is the best example of a single person changing the world.

  • PaolaC-ilc
    4/18/2018 - 01:34 a.m.

    Nowadays it is very difficult to have these kinds of programs on air because majority of people are not aware of the influence of programs on T.V or online especially in children. Companies are ready to show things that adult people enjoy, but only in a entertainment way due to money that these programs give them. These are the main reasons to show this documentary now. In addition, it is a good show to make aware of real problems that children have and to help adults to manage difficult topic to talk about. In fact, we should think about the idea of having more than these programs on air in order to spend time watching quality programs.

  • JuanFranR-ilc
    4/18/2018 - 07:31 a.m.

    Because of the problems society has now at days, those problems didn't exist when Mr. Rogers program was on air. Mr. Rogers program taught children values and how to act when a difficult situation is going on.

  • JoseL-ilc
    4/18/2018 - 03:31 p.m.

    It is interesting that in a hard time for society a singular TV show focus on children’s issues and hard topics. The simplicity of Mr. Rogers and the show is as catchy that a person who didn’t see the show wants to see it just to understand how good it is. Nowadays it is hard to find things like that (especially in television)

  • DorisC-ilc
    4/18/2018 - 11:17 p.m.

    Mr. Roger documentary is focus on Roger´s life and the values that he held close. He was a legend for children and the society to teach children how to face daily problems and problems that they could face at home. He helped people to understand the difficulties they might face that in so many cases are the same difficulties that we face now.

  • LissetteS-ilc
    4/19/2018 - 12:54 a.m.

    Because now most tv shows do not give good learning for children. There are some bad things that children are watching and they are becoming selfish people. So, Mr. Rogers, who was awarded as an american icon, was the perfect person to show all kids how to be kind, love themselves and other learnings that he used to present in his tv show. Even though the show finished some years ago, the documentary will be a right way for everyone to remember the nice actions that should be applied to develop a better society.

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