Today would have been Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday and in commemoration, Focus Features released the first full length trailer for their upcoming documentary called Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about the man who was too good for us. There are a few things that are guaranteed to have my eyes squirting like a talented porn star in seconds flat; watching horses run, the opening bars of You’ll Never Walk Alone sung by Judy Garland and videos of animals being reunited with their humans are all up there. But nothing does me in faster than watching Mr. Rogers interact with children. I’ve just spent 5 minutes trying to clean the snot off of my keyboard so I advise you take any necessary precautions before proceeding.
Here’s the trailer:
The movie is directed by Morgan Neville who won an Oscar for directing 20 Feet From Stardom which also made me ugly cry (anything to do with music usually does) so I’m really going to need to hydrate before stepping foot in the theater for WYBMN. Entertainment Weekly adds:
As the trailer reminds us, that includes lessons about death, assassination, divorce, and about caring for and accepting our neighbors. “Children have very deep feelings, just the way everybody does,” Rogers explains in the trailer.
It won’t be in theaters until June 8th so that gives me plenty of time to stock up on Kleenex, Advil, Visine, garments to rend and pillows to punch. We need Mr. Rogers’ message of love, empathy and sanity now more than ever. Also, I’m not gonna lie, young Fred could definitely get it.
Pic: PBS via Wenn.com