On what would have been Mister Fred Rogers’s 90th birthday, the trailer for director Morgan Neville’s forthcoming documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about the late public access television hero was released.
It’s an emotional ride, which deftly parses Rogers as the universally beloved TV host and benefactor that he was in life and on screen. Through behind the scenes clips and stories from producers and guests on the show, Neville offers a glimpse into how Rogers positively affected childhoods everywhere with lessons on divorce, violence, and the simple trials of growing up.
One story goes that Mister Rogers had a blind viewer write in to make sure Rogers announced that he was feeding the fish—a ritual at the end of each day’s episode—because he was concerned about their welfare. From that day forward, Rogers never forgot to let his audience know he was feeding his fishy friends.
Neville previously directed 20 Feet to Stardom, a documentary about the unsung backup vocalists (literally) behind the pop stars of past decades. He won an Oscar for his efforts and, watching this trailer while holding back tears, it’s possible this much-needed doc about the daytime icon could go the same way. Watch below.
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