A Little Kindness Makes a World of Difference

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? came out at just the right time. It warms my heart to know someone as wholesome and innocent as Mr. Rogers can still be embraced in the cynical world we live in. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a rare documentary that struck a chord with the general public. Making it the highest grossing biographical documentary of all time. I knew I wanted to watch the film even though I was really young when I watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Director Robert Neville covers the entire life of Fred Rogers. From humble beginnings as an awkward imaginative child to his discovery of public television. As well as his strong Christian beliefs that fueled his philosophy to love thy neighbor. He took a quieter approach to children’s entertainment and never talked down to kids. We learn all about his puppets like Daniel Striped Tiger and other recurring characters in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Although Mr. Rogers launched an educational children’s program, the movie doesn’t stray from the more PG-13 topics that he faced. Even questions of alleged homosexuality are explored. I was really surprised to see parodies like Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood brought up, but I understand wanting to cover everything. I knew he was radical, but Mr. Rogers talked about death, fought against racism, and welcomed a disabled child. Mr. Rogers may have faced controversy, but he never stopped believing in children. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? reinforces his message that everyone is special.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Mr. Rogers with Mr. McFeely

6 thoughts on “A Little Kindness Makes a World of Difference

  1. I made a point to see this one in the theater when it came out… something I’ve never done for a documentary before. Pretty sure I was in tears several times throughout. I remember walking out and wishing we had a few more Fred Rogers’ in the world.

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  2. Two of my older cousins grew up watching the 1970’s episodes of Mr. Rogers; they loved him so much. I too enjoyed the show when I was little, sometimes I still watch it, and it also warms my heart that people still embrace and admire this fine and wonderful gentleman.

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