Won't You Be My Neighbor?
- 1h 34m
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For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life's weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn't been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn't been since.
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Critics Consensus: Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations.
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Profound, poignant biography of an extraordinary, kind man.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Won't You Be My Neighbor is a poignant biographical documentary about Fred Rogers, the creator of public television's iconic Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Mixing footage from the show and interviews with Rogers' widow, children, colleagues, and friends, Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville traces Rogers' life's work and legacy to educate, encourage, and inspire very young children. Expect a few swear words -- including "bitch" (in a Saturday Night Live sketch spoofing the show), "ass," "d--k," and "bastard." There are also brief clips of footage from the Vietnam War, civil rights protests, assassinations, and the Challenger disaster, as well as discussions of tough themes (from divorce to grief to Rogers' post-9/11 public service message) and how the show handled them in a child-friendly way. Otherwise, this documentary is focused on the positive aspects of Rogers' personal and professional crusade to put children, not profit, first in children's programming. Compassion, integrity, and the healthy expression of emotion are all strong themes.
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- Release Date:June 22, 2018
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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