All aboard the trolley to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe
Don your coziest sweater and change into your comfiest sneakers, because it’s time to revisit everyone’s favorite neighborhood. That’s right: The beloved television series Mister Rogers Neighborhood is now available on Amazon Prime Video.
In recent months, the show's creator, Fred Rogers, has been honored and remembered in a number of ways. A Forever Stamp commemorating Rogers and his show was released this year. Morgan Neville’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor was a box office juggernaut as well as a sensitive, emotional exploration of one man’s extraordinary life and work. There’s also a feature film in the works, with Tom Hanks set to star as Fred Rogers.
The Rogers tributes continue: A stop-motion Google Doodle honoring Rogers appeared on the search engine’s home page on September 21. Clicking on the image redirects to a sweet animation featuring Rogers singing the Won’t You Be My Neighbor tune. It ends with the animation of Rogers looking to the screen and sharing a version of his well-known sentiment: “You make each day a special day by just your being yourself. There’s nobody else in the whole world who’s exactly like you, and people can like you exactly as you are.”
Also be sure to read some of our favorite wishes and wise words from Fred Rogers that are collected in Mister Rogers Quotes That Remind Us All to Be Good Neighbors, all of which ring clear and true, including this one: “Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. We are intimately related. May we never even pretend that we are not.”
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Will you be sharing the neighborhood with your kids this year? Let us know if you tune in!