For over 30 years, generations of America’s children grew up watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS. Created, written and hosted by Fred Rogers, an ordained minister, the show used music and puppets along with guest players to enthrall its young audience. But underneath the seemingly simplistic veneer, Rogers broached subjects such as death and racism to help guide children through life’s tricky passages.
Neville’s fascinating film helps us better appreciate Fred Rogers’ unique appeal and worthy vision, while highlighting the potential social impact of television at a time when the medium was still finding its feet, and (sadly) beginning to lose its way. With access to hours of archival footage, including a landmark appearance before Congress, Neville reveals Rogers’ belief in not speaking down to children and providing digestible life lessons. It’s an idea that should never go out of style. Love thy neighbor….and love this illuminating portrait of a true innovator!