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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In today’s fractured, volatile media climate, 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 the benevolent host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Rogers was a champion for children. He knew their needs, desires and feelings were paramount above all else. On the air for 33 years, the 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 —all hand-knit by his mother—that he would wear on his show. 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 an intimate look at Rogers’ life and those values that he held close. He used the show to help children understand the real-life struggles of civil rights or the difficulties they might face at home with issues like divorce.

The movies is called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and 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 (27)
  • GregoryM-del
    4/17/2018 - 03:31 p.m.

    Mister Rogers is heading to the big screen in a new documentary. Me Rogers used to be one of the most beloved people on TV.

  • EsmeraldaV-del
    4/17/2018 - 03:34 p.m.

    The new Mr. Rogers documentary is being made now, after so many years since "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" went off the air. In my opinion, I believe that because of the enormous impact the show had when it aired for 30 whole years, we need to bring a little something back. Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was a "feel-good" show. I feel that because of whats been happening in our world now, we NEED something thats "feel-good."

  • SophiaD-del1
    4/17/2018 - 03:35 p.m.

    This new documentary about Mr. Rogers is being made after so many years of the TV show being on air to remind people that there are so many people, GOOD people in this world. Those good people are understanding, they are kind, they really want to be your friend and a lot of people forget that! This documentary is reminding others that kind people like Mr. Rogers are still living in this world today.

  • PedroM-del1
    4/17/2018 - 04:32 p.m.

    This Mr. Rogers documentary is being made now after so many years of the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood went off the air to remind people of when there was a time that people beloved one special character. Especially this mostly when our world is literally awful and broken with violence.

  • JuliaA -del
    4/17/2018 - 04:34 p.m.

    The new Mr. Rogers documentary is being made now, so many years after "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" went off air, because we have a LOT of bad things around us and we can learn about Mr. Rogers life.

  • AnnabelleA-del
    4/17/2018 - 04:35 p.m.

    Well, during the time that Mr. Roger's neighborhood was playing, it was a really dangerous, upsetting time. Mr. Rogers was basically raising the kids of that time. Now, our world is like that again. We need a Mr. Rogers to teach our future.

  • AkshayB-del
    4/17/2018 - 04:46 p.m.

    This article is about who Mister Rodgers is and what he did. He was known to families across the country as the benevolent host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Rogers was a champion for children. He knew their needs, desires and feelings were paramount above all else. Rogers was famous for the simple cardigans —all hand-knit by his mother—that he would wear on his show. The documentary from Focus Features is billed as an intimate look at Rogers’ life and those values that he held close.

  • ZofiaT-del
    4/17/2018 - 05:04 p.m.

    The Mr. Rogers documentary is being made now so many years after MR. Rogers Neighborhood went on the air. The documentary is about Fred Rogers' life and valuable things he held close. If it was made during Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, it wouldn't get the picture of his life and who or what he loved.

  • ChloeR-del
    4/17/2018 - 05:12 p.m.

    Mr. Rogers documentary is being made now for a very good reason: because of "today's fractured, volatile media climate." We need to remember someone that united the world like Mr. Rogers did with his legendary TV show. Our society is so divided, so polarized,that it is the perfect time to bring back the memory and the life of a man who was beloved by everybody for his kindness and his dedication to children.

  • JadeR-del
    4/17/2018 - 05:41 p.m.

    There is a new Mr. Rogers documentary currently being made so many years after "Mr Rogers Neighborhood" went off air because we live in tough times, when its sometimes hard to find the good in things and to smile but bringing back something familiar might help brighten peoples days. It also teaches amazing lessons to children. The text says "the program taught kids how to be kind to each other and love themselves." And who doesn't want that? Parents, teachers and other kids are encouraging each other to be themselves and be unique and this documentary is the start to bringing back those good times and the positivity and happiness.

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