Mister Rogers is heading to the big screen in a new documentary
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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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 (25)
  • DorisC-ilc
    4/18/2018 - 11:17 p.m.

    Mr. Roger documentary is focus on RogerĀ“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.

  • 26amtess
    4/19/2018 - 10:30 a.m.

    It is being made now because it is supposed to be about his life. With it being about his life he helped kids. He helped kids learn how to be kind to each other.

  • cheyl-orv
    4/23/2018 - 10:51 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.

  • stcomp1
    4/24/2018 - 09:14 a.m.

    Mr.Rodgers is still alive?!

  • 26nsthil
    4/24/2018 - 10:49 a.m.

    So they are making a movie on Mr. Rodgers yet all they talk about is his sweater? i may/may not watch this but i really do not care and most of what i got was they are hanging his sweater somewhere and they are making a movie either way Mr. Rodgers was a legend and a friend of every child from the 90s

  • keidene-orv
    5/10/2018 - 01:06 p.m.

    i never heard of him until now this is a great thing

  • Ella S-rud
    10/10/2018 - 11:52 a.m.

    The moment I saw this article I knew it must be about the one and only Mister Rogers. I saw his show [Mister Rogers] a little while ago and it was just like what the article said, "He knew their feelings were paramount above all else." Me thinking "Wow! they're going to make a movie about the heart-warming Mister Rogers!" But then i thought, "But why are they making a movie about him?". Well, I think its because it is a comeration to him because he knows what people are feeling like a hard time and he wants to make the kids to see the brighter side on everything that is a dark and scary place.

  • Naomis-eic
    10/15/2018 - 03:22 p.m.

    I think that with everything that's been going on lately, they just now realized how important it is for children to grow up knowing what's right and wrong.

  • GiavonnaS-dec
    11/08/2018 - 11:07 a.m.

    I remember watching "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" growing up. I always like the show and was sad when ever I heard that he had passed.

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