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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you grew up in America, chances are you’re at least somewhat familiar with the national treasure known as Mister Rogers. For decades, Fred Rogers hosted a wholesome children’s TV show called Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In it, he would speak with children, puppets, tackle issues, and be an all-around father figure to generations.

Plus, unlike many other children figures, Rogers managed to maintain his image as a fully wholesome entity with a big heart and accepting values (he’s no Bill Cosby), and in a new documentary from Focus Features, called Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (a line from his popular intro song in the show), filmmaker Morgan Nevill breaks down just shy this show was a huge success.

While other shows felt the need to dumb down the content or go ridiculously silly, Mister Rogers never felt the need to talk down to kids, and that’s one aspect of the show that really struck a chord with me.

Below is the official synopsis for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?:

From Academy Award® -winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? hits select theaters on June 8, 2018.

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SOURCE: Focus Features

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.