Button Up Your Cardigan Because the New Mister Rogers Documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Trailer Is Here
Prepare to get emotional, people. The new trailer for the Mister Roger’s documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, just dropped and it’s downright moving.
The upcoming film from Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) paints a portrait of legendary children’s program host Fred Rogers and explores how an ordained Presbyterian minister made a lasting impact on society with his “Land of Make Believe” and life lessons.
Using footage from his hit TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood—which ran from 1968 to 2001 on PBS—and interviews with the lovable host’s friends, family and coworkers, the trailer captures the magic of the show and doles out a ton of nostalgia. (Daniel Tiger, anyone?)
But Won’t You Be My Neighbor? isn’t all footage of Rogers sporting his characteristic cardigans and huge smile. The trailer also highlights the complex social issues he tackled on his show, like race, divorce and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It also notes his unique approach to communicating with children. He can be heard in the trailer saying, “Children have very deep feelings, just the way everybody does.”
The trailer’s release couldn’t come at a better time. Today would have been Rogers’s 90th birthday, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s premiere. America’s favorite neighbor tragically died of stomach cancer in 2003, but reruns of his show air frequently.
It’s important to note that Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is different from the upcoming Tom Hanks Mister Roger’s biopic, You Are My Friend.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? hits theaters on June 8. We’ll be steaming up our cardigans in preparation.