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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gates2
Sep 15, 2019

This made me realize that I miss Mr Rogers. A great look at Fred Rogers. and something I really appreciate about the video is that it wasn't so adorning that it felt sweet. Rogers had so much love for the world and it's children, there was no need it. Was glad to find out from my daughter today that Daniel the Tiger, the popular kid's book character, came from Mr Rogers Neighborhood, so the caring focus that Fred gave in his show is carried on.

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lynnwl
Aug 24, 2019

Really enjoyed watching this video.

LPL_SarahM Aug 18, 2019

Wonderful movie about a kind-hearted man who tried to change the world with grace. He believed every child deserves to be loved. How can anyone argue with that? I got teary-eyed many times but the scene with Koko the Gorilla had me weeping. We need more people like Fred Rogers in this world.

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red_dog_14987
Aug 15, 2019

Fox and Friends called Fred Roger a very evil man. I suppose since Fred actually followed the practices of real Christians that the fake evangelical trump supporters would think Fred was evil. #sad

LPL_TraciB Aug 10, 2019

This is a fantastic documentary that reminds us there are genuinely good people in this world. It shows the history of Mr. Rogers and his beloved TV show, along with clips and interviews. His message was of love and acceptance, and taught everyone that they were special. Have a box of tissues ready--it's a moving documentary, especially if you grew up watching Mr. Rogers.

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ShasCho
Jul 20, 2019

I’m so glad I watched this.
After all the internet rumours one begins to wonder,
but this video shows the heart and reality
of the man behind the show.
I had no idea Mr. Rogers had been so influential;
Yo Yo Ma and other well-known and loved public figures
tell of the inspiration and encouragement he gave them.
A true social warrior, Fred Rogers was never preachy
but flew the banner of responsibility and equality
with humour and gentle persistence.
Very much worth the watching.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 12, 2019

Even if you didn't grow up with Mr. Rogers, this is a remarkably touching documentary about a remarkably kind man. Features interviews with his friends, family, and former co-workers. I teared up a few times.

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Bookafterbook
Jun 16, 2019

"... a little kindness makes a world of difference..." Mr. Rogers.

I am with Ms_Mustard completely.

Mr. Rogers also said, " especially given the world today, we are called to be TIKUM OLAM...Repairers of Creation... by bringing Joy, Light, Hope, Faith, Pardon, and Love whatever you do and wherever you are; to your neighbour and to yourself ".

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amanoletters99
Jun 07, 2019

I always found Mr. Rogers to be a little creepy. This documentary just solidified it for me. I know he meant well, but I still can't shake that underlying creep factor. If you ever got the same vibe from watching him on television, then I would suggest not watching this. I just thought I'd give it try.

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

It took me three times to watch this all the way through and at first I chalked it up to being tired after working long hours, but when I finally finished it, I realized that it was partly out of boredom. This documentary is an hour and 34 minutes but it feels much longer. I tried to enjoy it because I really admire and respect Fred Rogers. Like most, I grew up watching Mr. Rogers and watched it occasionally as an adult. But I found this to be really disappointing for the most part. I liked the nostalgia of it; the old black and white clips and how the puppets came to be, etc. The segments with Fred and the kids were heartwarming and the interspersed interviews with he, his wife, and kids as well as producers, etc were interesting. But aside from the fact that this documentary was very slow paced, I was surprised at some of the content. It should be noted that although this is a documentary of a kid's show it's NOT geared toward kids. There are mentions of gay rights, The assassination of Bobby Kennedy (and a surprising segment where Daniel Tiger asked Lady Elaine "What does assassination mean?". There is even brief nudity shown (a person's backside), which surprised me even more. I did learn a lot about the background of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, but overall I was disappointed in this one. Instead of the brief interviews with his wife and so forth, I would havfe rather seen a documentary about his personal life and his family. I much prefer the documentary that aired on PBS last year. It was much more entertaining and nothing eyebrow-raising.

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jimg2000
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."
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"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.
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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.

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jimg2000
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.

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jimg2000
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."

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jimg2000
Dec 25, 2018

1-4-3?
-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.
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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.''
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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.

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jimg2000
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."
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"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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