Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Won't You Be My Neighbor? Trailer Celebrates the Life of Mr. Rogers

Won't You Be My Neighbor? Trailer Celebrates the Life of Mr. Rogers

African-American actor Francois Clemmons, who played Officer Clemmons for 25 years, explains in an interview that he and Fred shared a kiddie pool on the air - a direct response from Rogers to the segregation of American swimming pools.

Based on this trailer alone, it's probably a sure-thing that the Mr. Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? is going to make you cry. The free online streaming service Twitch has an answer to that-it will a special marathon of the 90 most popular episodes of the classic series on Tuesday, March 20, in honor of what would have been Rogers' 90th birthday. Watch the trailer below, and don't be surprised if you find yourself tearing-up ever-so-slightly. With a sweeping score, it's hard not to get emotional while watching the clip.

"The Fred Rogers I discovered making this film is at once comfortably familiar and completely surprising. And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become".

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This isn't the first look at the film released to the public.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? is produced by Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma and is a production of Tremolo Productions in association with Impact Partners and Independent Lens / PBS.

The documentary gives us a glimpse at how Rogers himself was the driving force behind shaping the show that ran on PBS for an awesome 31 seasons, with the last episodes airing in 2001. Known to families across the country as the benevolent host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", Rogers was a champion for children; their needs, desires and feelings were paramount above all else. Long before he was a meme or his puppet creation Daniel Tiger had a television show of his own, Rogers helmed the long-running, low-budget program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

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