Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

DVD - 2018
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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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BDUMSKY
Oct 18, 2018

Is there a Blu-Ray copy to loan?

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SimonJJB
Oct 04, 2018

Pretty, pretty good (LD).

A couple of weird moments but overall a nice tribute with a nice message.

RobertELPL Sep 28, 2018

A really well-done documentary about a really great person who had a really inspiring dream. It was interesting to see how the show began and the course it took throughout the years and what everyone had to say about Mr. Rogers. You are left with such a warm feeling and a little sadness knowing that there really isn't this type of show anymore. I am heavily considering getting these for my daughter to watch.

JCLIanH Sep 23, 2018

It's like watching the needle scene from Pulp Fiction but instead of having a needle full of adrenaline jammed into the heart, it's a needle full of pure goodness and hope in the world...for an hour and a half at least.

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winston16
Sep 20, 2018

I was a teenager when Mr. Rogers started his show so never really saw it.
But this documentary helped me understand the appeal of the show and its creator. What an inspiration Fred Rogers is. I was teary-eyed for much of the movie because the message of the movie and the man is so pertinent now. Watch this movie as an antidote to the crass, mean-spirited atmosphere we seem to be stuck in today. Or just watch it to better understand how we can emulate the spirit of Mr. Rogers to better own lives.

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VcrRocker
Sep 18, 2018

I got a little "verklempt" watching this. Rogers was right there along the Friendly Giant, Mr Dress Up and Archie and his friends (CKY Winnipeg), which explains I've never done jail time. He was bold talking about war, assassination, and divorce on his shows - you'll never see that today. Typical how he's picketed at his funeral, ridiculed for "spoiling" a generation. When a child is born it asks "can I trust you" - it seems Mr Rogers was the only one who ever answered "yes".

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Byond
Sep 18, 2018

I'm very positive about this. It is informed by the intelligence of Neville Morgan whose films punch above the weight of their apparent subject. Some of the cheap shot humor at Mr. Rogers expense, and the fact that critics chose his funeral to inveigh against him, is indicative of the his varying effect on people. He had some doubts himself; asking at one point if he was a sheep, rather than a goat. My father often said, 'children should be seen and not heard', but he said it in quotes, as if he was not entirely comfortable with that. Much as he invited young children to be his neighbor, much as he offered them assurances (You'll never go down the drain) they could never really take those to the bank. I never heard him go so far as to say, 'You can be anything you want'; rather he said 'I like you just the way you are', the sort of pushback to bullying most can approve of. Having been slighted by what seemed bad he became a determined do-gooder in the tradition of a certain kind of Christianity. Stepping ahead, not on certainties, but with good intentions. such as pave the road to hell.

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lindy919
Sep 15, 2018

Great, heart-warming documentary
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If you watched Mr. Rogers as a kid and do not tear up a bit watching this then you have no compassion, no empathy and no heart - in other words, you grew up to be a republican.

ArapahoeJillA Aug 09, 2018

I enjoyed learning about Mr. Rogers' life and the television show he created. Wonderful old footage along with interviews of those who knew him, including Yo-Yo Ma. If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers and want to know more about this amazing man, I recommend you watch this movie.

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