WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR Trailer Looks Back at Mister Rogers' Legacy

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR Trailer Looks Back at Mister Rogers' Legacy

Focus Features has released a new trailer for the documentary film, Won't You Be My Neighbor?

The show began as "Mister Rogers" on CBC Television in 1963 and then debuted in 1968 as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" on PBS, where it ran until 2001.

Fred Rogers passed away 15 years ago, but his legacy as the host and creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood continues to live on. Rogers died from stomach cancer in 2003, but the impact he made on television is still being felt and is celebrated in Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Rogers had a uniquely gentle approach to covering tough subjects for children.

In the trailer that shows many behind the scenes workings, show producer Margy Whitmer commented that the show technically shouldn't have worked, but because of Rogers, it did.

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It is literally impossible to think about Mr. Rogers without getting lost in a whirlwind of nostalgia tinged with wonder at the respect one zip-up-sweater-clad adult can have for the feelings of others.

"My being on the program was a statement for Fred, " said actor Francois Clemmons, an African-American who played the character Officer Clemmons on the show.

Mr. Rogers spread a message of love and compassion for all and tackled issues like divorce, death, and caring for neighbors. According to the official synopsis, Rogers was more than he appeared. The documentary premiered at Sundance earlier this year and will be in theaters June 8.

"I've always felt that I didn't need to put on a amusing hat, or jump through a hoop to have a relationship with a child", Rogers says in the trailer.

The trailer caused a sensation on social media. His special lesson? "Love is at the root of everything-all learning, all relationships", Rogers is shown saying. "And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become".

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