Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

DVD - 2018 | Widescreen.
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As one of America's most beloved children's show hosts, Mr. Rogers remains one of the most iconic television figures for families worldwide. This documentary takes a closer look at the person behind the show, persona, and personality that helped define what it meant to be a good person and be a part of a healthy community. Through his children's show, Mr. Rogers would go on to inspire a generation by not skirting real world issues, confronting issues of social justice and maturity through a lens that provided an educational aspect that was approachable by kids and appreciated by the entire family.


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It’s hard not to love Mr. Rogers after seeing this poignant documentary. His unwavering dedication to children’s television and public broadcasting is inspirational. Suggested by Craig B.

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Jan 09, 2019

I didn't watch Mr. Rogers as a child, so I had no idea what to expect from this documentary. I found it very compelling to watch - I did not realize that the tv shows tied in to current issues of the day. Loved this film and Mrs. Rogers.

Jan 06, 2019

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood became highly successful (despite being the exact opposite of what normally succeeded on TV). Some of you may remember watching this show as a child. Mr. Rogers was able to connect viscerally with children through this show.

One of my favorite scenes in this film was when Mr. Rogers testified in Congress. When Nixon became president, he wanted to kill funding for PBS. Mr. Rogers’ testimony saved it. Can you imagine what would happen if Mr. Rogers testified in Congress today?

Frankly, everyone in Congress and the current administration should watch this movie. They could learn a lot about kindness and empathy and compassion.

In these negative times, this positive movie has a lot to offer.

JCLHeatherM Jan 04, 2019

A master helper, Rogers challenges everyone to be kind, think of others, and remember that you are loved no matter what. It's always a beautiful day with Mr. Rogers.

Jan 02, 2019

Mr Rogers a kind and compassionate man understood children. This film is a treasure.

Jan 01, 2019

I saw this DVD on order at SPL and put a hold on it. I had to ask my childhood friend when she came over for visit if she watched Mr. Rogers because I never did. She said no but her younger sister watched it as a child. So, I guess I am a bit too old for Mr. Rogers (I grew up watching J.P. Patches). The only Mr. Rogers I remember was Eddie Murphy’s version on early Saturday Night Live.
The DVD traces the show history and provides background on Fred Rogers. A young man who put off theological study to try out public television with a show for young children. It captured a generation and covered subjects as broad as being scared to dealing with divorce or death. I thought his appearance at Congress to testify when PBS was going to get a $20 million cut was brilliant (seemed like many of the Congress / politicians were big babies). The DVD covers the parodies (Eddie Murphy, PeeWee Herman) which Rogers was okay with as long as they didn’t parody his message (all children are special and loved). They touch on subjects such as was Mr. Rogers gay (his wife and sons appear in the DVD). One character on the show was gay in real life (the Police officer on the show) and he said Fred Rogers told him that he loved him and the actor recalls that neither his father nor step-father ever told him that. The show ends with a group protesting that Mr. Rogers is responsible for making a generation of children feeling entitled. To me Fred Rogers comes across as a truly remarkable and unique individual who felt he could communicate well with children and he put those efforts/talents into his show.

Dec 17, 2018

All parents and people who interact with children should take time to watch this. Surprised myself how much what Mr. Fred Rogers (1928 –2003) cared about are as pressing today. How about this film clip early on:

King Friday was really irritated that people were changing things. So his reaction as the authority was to build a wall.
King Friday: Remember our battle cry, Edgar?
-Down with the changers! 'Cause we're on top.

marycatlyons Dec 15, 2018

A truly wonderful film about Mr. Rogers and a great all around view into his life on and off screen.

DOMESTICAT Dec 14, 2018

I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and I loved this. Make sure you have tissues handy because you’ll need them !

A beautiful moving portrait of the unique Fred Rogers and his timeless message that love and kindness matter, especially to children. FYI - The VPL offers a collection of actual episodes in a DVD called "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood It's A Beautiful Day Collection". Here are some quotations from Fred Rogers in this documentary:
"I think that those who would try to make you feel less than who you are, I think that is the greatest evil." ... "The next important learning - it's the ability to accept and expect mistakes and deal with the disappointments that they bring."
"And what that ["you're special"] actually means, of course, is that you don't ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you." ... "In this country the child is appreciated for what he will be. He will be a great consumer some day. The quicker we can get them to go out and buy, the better. There's so much of that in this country."
"Well I suppose it's an invitation, "Won't you be my neighbor?" It's an invitation for somebody to be close to you. You know, I think everybody longs to be loved and longs to know that he or she is loveable. And consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving."
"From the time you were very little you've had people who have smiled you into smiling. People who have talked you into talking. Sung you into singing. Loved you into loving." ... "Now, think about somebody who's helped you along the way for one minute. I'm going to time you." ... "Let's just take some time to think of those extra special people. Some of them may be right here. Some may be far away. Some may even be in heaven. No matter where they are, deep down you know, they've always wanted what was best for you. They've always cared about you beyond measure and have encouraged you to be true to the best within you."

TechLibrarian Nov 26, 2018

Need a pick me up? And a good cry? A walk down Memory Lane? This film is all that and then some. After seeing it, I've been more mindful in listening to kids and adults alike, for one thing. I may also dare say that I've been more optimistic, or stalwart in looking for the good. With all the yuck in politics and the news these days, this film was just what I needed. I would highly recommend it to everyone and anyone. Even if you didn't grow up watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred Rogers' life story and unique message are food for thought, and some good medicine for whatever ails you.

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Dec 25, 2018

"That's what's wrong with our country. That's what's wrong with children today." He didn't say, "if you want to be special, you're gonna have to work hard." And now all these kids are growing up, and they're realizing, "hey, wait a minute. Mr. Rogers lied to me. I'm not special."
"you're special."
And what that ultimately means, of course, is that you don't ever have to do
anything sensational for people to love you. It is really a matter of believing that you're endowed by your creator with good. You know, there are many different ways of saying, "i love you." In fact, I like to think about times when I've seen people showing their love.
And if you don't believe that everyone has inherent value, you might as well go against the fundamental notion of Christianity that you are the beloved son or daughter of god.

Dec 25, 2018

Mr. Roger before Congress, part 1 of 2:

One of the first things that a child learns in a healthy family is trust. And I trust what you have said, that you will read this. It's very important to me. I care deeply about children. My first children...
-Will it make you happy if you read it?
I'd just like to talk about it, if it's all right.
-All right, sir.
This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child to help him realize that he is unique. I end the program by saying, "you've made this day a special day" by just your being you. "There's no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are." And I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service.

Dec 25, 2018

Mr. Roger before Congress, part 2 of 2:

Uh, could I tell you the words of one of the songs, which I feel is very important? This has to do with that good feeling of control, which I feel that... That children need to know is there. And it starts out, "what do you do with the mad that you feel?" And that first line came straight from a child. I work with children, doing puppets in... In very personal communication with small groups. "What do you do with the mad that you feel" when you feel so mad you could bite? "When the whole wide world seems oh so wrong" and nothing you do seems very right? "It's great to be able to stop" when you've planned a thing that's wrong
"and be able to do something else instead" and think this song. "I can stop when I want to, can stop when I wish," can stop, stop, stop anytime. "Know that there's something deep inside that helps us become what we can."

Dec 25, 2018

-Mm-hmm. You see, "i" is one letter, and "love"-- l-o-v-e-- is four letters, and "you"-- y-o-u-- is three letters.
When the horror of 9/11 really hit him, i-i think it was a real eye-opener. He was realizing that... It was just so big. It's always going to be an ongoing struggle to overcome evil.''
And so they were... they were intolerant of the tolerance. And the thing that... the thing that struck me that day, uh, more than anything else was the children that were there. Children that had been drafted into standing there with their parents and holding up signs and screaming. And those kids looked so unhappy. Those kids looked so exhausted. Those kids looked so ill-treated. It was just heart-breaking.

Dec 25, 2018

When I was a boy and I would hear about something scary, my mother would tell us, "always look for the people who are helping. You'll always find somebody who's trying to help."
"what would Fred Rogers do?" It's not a question that you can answer. The most important question is: "What are you going to do?"
From the time you were very little, you've had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. So, on this extra special day, let's take some time to think of those extra special people. Some of them may be right here, some may be far away. Some may even be in heaven. No matter where they are, deep down you know they've always wanted what was best for you. They've always cared about you beyond measure and have encouraged you to be true to the best within you. Let's just take a minute of silence to think about those people now.


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