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.
Published: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD B ROG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 95 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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vickmeister
Nov 10, 2018

Mr. Rogers was a beloved fixture in children's entertainment for many decades, noteworthy for his calm, respectful approach in treating children as the individual humans that they are, and providing a safe way for them to acknowledge their fears and concerns while also having fun. This unexpectedly moving, candid documentary fleshes out the man and gives insight into what it was that helped him to create a show with such impact and resonance; a cultural icon that inspired both imitation and parody. I enjoyed it very much.

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dennismmiller
Nov 07, 2018

Won't You Be My Neighbor is a slick, well-produced, engaging documentary about an undeniably authentic, intelligent, caring man. It will warm the hearts of anyone from the generations of children who grew up watching, and then watching their children watch, Fred Rogers, while deepening their appreciation for the gentle influence he exerted and the difficulties he faced. Unfortunately, it is also predicated on the lie, repeated over and over, that a real relationship existed between the Mr Rogers and the children watching him on TV, that his neighborhood was a real community of which they were a part and not a mere imposture of one, that what happened in the house set was less pretend than what happened in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The documentarians chose to cover this through heavy-handed sentimentality, classing those who dare to criticize their subject as evil meanies who want to make children cry (and are probably racists and homophobes, too). They therefore completely miss the greatest and most impactful lesson Rogers taught us - that television is our best friend.

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Normay
Nov 05, 2018

I admit that I knew very little about Mr. Rogers and his neighbourhood show. I never saw it as a child. But after seeing this documentary I wish I had. Touching, inspiring and made me hug my kids tighter after it.

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douglas_schroeder
Nov 03, 2018

This is an excellent documentary-style story about this amazing person. The big takeaway for me was the discovery that he was the same person that we saw in his children's program in real life, it was not an act. He was on a mission to change children's TV programming and did. His work should be admired for generations to come and I hope that future projects geared toward young viewers will continue his work by demonstrating how we should interact and work together to become better people. If you were a fan as a child or are interested in young viewers' programming, this is a worth watching.

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grubs
Oct 28, 2018

Great movie about a great man.We need more of this kind of thinking for the younger generation. 5 stars.

ArapahoeSarah Oct 25, 2018

A fantastic, inspiring documentary that brought up many great questions about life and childhood.

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donardell
Oct 25, 2018

I was about 14 when Mr. Rogers' show debuted so I always thought it was a little sappy. But this film showed me that for the millions of kids who watched the show, Mr. Rogers was not sappy at all and that his message "I like you just the way you are" was something that many of them needed to hear. Watching kids watching Fred Rogers made me a believer in his uniqueness and greatness. It takes a lot to make me tear up over a movie, but that question at the end, oh my.

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BDUMSKY
Oct 18, 2018

Is there a Blu-Ray copy to loan?

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SimonRAD
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.

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