Mister Rogers is becoming more and more popular lately, as we as a society are becoming increasingly desperate for a wholesome reminder that everything is not the worst. A reminder that we were once lucky enough to live in a world where at least one person loved us just the way we are. Even with our Resting Bitch Face and our tendency to ruin any and everything. Well, the ruining continue, because our sweet and kind (and deceased!) neighbor/friend Mister Rogers is being turned into a sexy halloween costume for 2019. This is crazy because the real Mister Rogers was sexy on his own! He doesn’t need this. But this comes to us from Yandy, who are also responsible for the Sexy Handsmaid’s Tale costume of 2018.
In this messy, scary world we have two things we can cling to (three if you count Bette White) that reminds us that there is still some good and kindness in the world. Those things are: the legacy of Mister Fred Rogers and the forever nice guy charm of Mister Tom Hanks. We already knew that Tom was playing Mister Rogers, and now the trailer is finally here.
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
The names Tom Hanks and Mr. Rogers trended on Twitter today, so naturally people hyperventiliated their lungs off while asking themselves the following questions:
- Did Tom Hanks die?
- Did Mr. Rogers die?
- Did The New York Times publish an exposé about how in the 1980s, Tom Hanks and Mr. Rogers ran an underground child porn ring together?
The good news is, Tom Hanks is still alive. The bad news is, Mr. Rogers is still dead. And the better news is that neither of them have been accused of being sick predators. Not yet, anyway. They trended because Tom is playing Mr. Rogers in a biopic called You Are My Friend.