Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Google's newest Doodle celebrates Mister Rogers Neighborhood'

Google's newest Doodle celebrates Mister Rogers Neighborhood'

Like the opening of hundreds of Mister Rogers episodes, the Doodle begins with a group of young children gathered around the TV, watching as a trolley transverses a model of Mister Rogers' neighborhood.

What he was doing, of course, was patiently teaching children through care and kindness - affirming lessons forever laced with messages of acceptance and curiosity and love. What ultimately matters, he said, is what we do with it. "There's nobody in the whole world who's exactly like you and people can like you exactly as you are". The animated program has been around since 2012, and has captured the imagination of millions of children, across multiple generations.

On this date in 1967, Fred Rogers taped the very first episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" at WQED.

To mark the anniversary of the taping of the very first episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", Google offered up a lovely stop-motion animated video on Friday, featuring Fred Rogers proclaiming, as he always did, that today is a handsome day in the neighborhood.

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So it is Rogers's own musical voice that soothingly carries us through the almost two-minute animation, from the trolley-tracking shot of his model neighborhood through visual cues to some of his most memorable characters - a progression of picture-pictures that frames his special connection with child viewers - all done with sculpted characters that salute the host's passion for puppetry.

Google collaborated with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center, and BixPix Entertainment on the almost 2-minute video.

You can catch Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS Kids (check your local listings); Would You Be My Neighbor documentary is now available for streaming or home video.

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