From 1968 to 2001, the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood television show inspired millions of children with a message of kindness, acceptance, and wonder. Over the 31 seasons, hundreds of episodes were produced. Learn about the wonderful work of Fred Rogers in the highly acclaimed documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? — in theaters on 8 Jun 2018. For more information see the film website or visit the film’s Twitter or Facebook pages.
NPR Interview with Fred Rogers
For more inspiration, listen to the NPR Fresh Air broadcast from 19 Feb 2018 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. That broadcast includes an interview with Terry Gross and Fred Rogers on Fresh Air which was at that time a local public radio show in Philadelphia. On 8 June 2018, NPR featured another segment on Fred Rogers.
Here’s the extended official trailer for the documentary.
CBS This Morning (9 Jun 2018)
Generations of children started their day with Fred Rogers singing “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The groundbreaking series spoke directly to kids about some of life’s weightiest issues in a simple and direct fashion. The new documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” looks at the legacy of Rogers and his Emmy Award-winning program. Director Morgan Neville joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss what intrigued him about Rogers and what he learned about his legacy through the making of the documentary.
CBC Canada (8 Jun 2018)
Junlei Li, co-director of the Fred Rogers Center, takes us through the story of Mister Rogers’ Canadian roots.
ABC News (8 Jun 2018)
A new documentary retraces the 34-year-long run of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and the story of Fred Rogers, the man behind the beloved children’s TV show. Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ asks if we need Mister Rogers now more than ever.