The upcoming documentary, directed by Oscar victor Morgan Neville pulls back the curtain on the beloved Fred Rogers, the longtime host of legendary children's show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". Directed by documentarian Morgan Neville, Won't You Be My Neighbor? first debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.
The documentary's first trailer arrives today, on what would've been Rogers' 90th birthday. Less than two years after the PBS show went off the air, Rogers died of stomach cancer. The stamp-featuring an image of Fred Rogers in his trademark red cardigan alongside King Friday XIII, one of the residents of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe-celebrates the "groundbreaking public television series" that "inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty", the Post Office said in a press release.
And yet, the series, with its low production values and unlikely star, not only worked, but became iconic, an exemplar of children's TV programming. How? The movie features interviews with various crew and cast members from the show who exalt Rogers for being the reason the show tackled so many subjects others felt far too taboo for a children's show. "I know everyone says this, but he was radical".
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The trailer caused a sensation on social media.
The documentary, which will hit theaters on June 8, will likely be praised for its message of hope and caring amid the unrelenting negativity and divisiveness coming from Washington. His special lesson? "Love is at the root of everything-all learning, all relationships", Rogers is shown saying.