Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)


“The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” – Fred Rogers

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the impact that Fred Rogers had on the world and on the people who were close to him.

My Take on it – As with many kids of the US who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, I was exposed to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood from an early age.

WE all have preconceived notions as to who this man really was yet there was never the chance to see Fred Rogers off camera.

This film does a wonderful job giving us so much insight into the life of this famous man who millions only knew via their TV sets for decades.

The amount of people interviewed here is astonishing and we get to see family, friends and colleagues shed so much light on his life and the kind of impact he had on the world around during his lifetime.

This movie gives us some great behind the scenes anecdotes and footage in order to help us get a better understanding of who this man was, how his famous TV show came to be and most importantly why we all love and cherish such a man who helped guide so many people thru their toddler years via his own personal guidance.

Bottom Line – Very interesting film that gives us so much insight into the characteristics of a man so many people only knew via TV.  The interviews with family, friends and colleagues shed so much light on the kind of impact this man had over millions of people during his life. Th behind the scenes stories and footage hep us understand how his famous TV show came to be and why it thrived for so many years under his personal guidance. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although the documentary includes a brief clip of Mr. Roger’s meeting with Koko the Gorilla and shows Koko removing Mr. Roger’s shoes, it does not explain the story behind the gorilla’s actions. After Koko died in June 2018, multiple obituaries for the gorilla explained that Koko faithfully watched Mr. Rogers’ show every day, and during their encounter, she removed his shoes because she was used to seeing him do the same at the start of every episode. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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