The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a CBS Sunday Morning news stories has a retrospective on Fred Rogers and his show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Plus, find out everything you didn’t know about the abysmal video game movie Super Mario Bros., and watch two expert LEGO builders piece together an incredible, massive diorama inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More »
Summer is a big time for blockbuster action franchises to rake in truckloads of money for movie studios. But in-between all the loud explosions and bright colors, there are plenty of lower key offerings that deserve your attention. One of those movies is a documentary that has been praised endlessly since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, profiling one of TV’s most beloved talents.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a new documentary from director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), and it focuses on Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the influential PBS television series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The documentary chronicles the rise and passion of Fred Rogers as he aims to make the world a little less overwhelming for children. Read More »
Based on this trailer alone, it’s probably a sure-thing that the Mr. Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is going to make you cry. You may not break down into uncontrollably, wracking sobs, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be silently weeping in the theater by the time the credits roll. Watch the Won’t You Be My Neighbor trailer below, and get the tissues ready.
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the children’s television program Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The PBS program debuted in February of 1968 and would run for roughly 30 years, educating several generations of children. But at one time, the legacy of his program was threatened by budget cuts proposed by President Richard Nixon.
Drunk History recently had an episode where comedian Solomon Georgio tells host Derek Waters the abridged inebriated story of how Fred Rogers came to be a children’s television host and ended up sitting in front of congress for one final plea to allow public television to keep their funding so they can continue to teach children important values and life lessons. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, you can watch the full segment below. Read More »
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The 2018 Sundance Film Festival just debuted an incredibly moving portrait of television personality Fred Rogers in the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (read our full review here). The buzz around the documentary was huge, and maybe it was enough to push another Mr. Rogers-centric project forward.
TriStar Pictures has picked up distribution rights to a biopic called You Are My Friend. But the big news is that national treasure Tom Hanks is attached to play the influential Presbyterian minister turned TV legend, Mr. Rogers.
Find out what we know about the Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers movie below. Read More »
At a time when we’re being disappointed by our heroes left and right, it’s nice to take a look back at a TV icon who was nothing more than a pure soul who wanted to do some good in the world.
The documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an in-depth look at Fred Rogers, the man behind the PBS children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood who has influenced generations of children by way of his quaint yet insightful loving nature. It’s both an eye-opening portrait and a loving tribute to the cardigan-wearing man who liked us just the way we are.
Keep reading for our full Won’t You Be My Neighbor review. Read More »
One of the standout documentaries premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is undoubtedly Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The film from 20 Feet from Stardom director Morgan Neville looks back at the lasting legacy of the children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood by painting an intimate portrait of the man who hosted the show: Fred Rogers.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? goes beyond the zip-up cardigans and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to talk with Fred Rogers’ family, friends and colleagues about the man himself and what led him to become such an influential part of so many children’s lives. A new clip from the documentary gives us a small taste of the kind of revelations we can expect from this documentary. Read More »
Kids of all ages felt like Mister Rogers was their neighbor and best friend. Author Tim Madigan actually got to live it. Madigan was assigned a newspaper profile on the TV icon in 1995 and became incredibly close friends with him up through Rogers’ death in 2003. Madigan then chronicled their friendship as a way to pay tribute to his friend and let the world know Fred Rodgers was, possibly, even nicer in person than he was on TV.
That tale of camaraderie juxtaposed with the life of a TV icon is the story of Madigan’s book I’m Proud of You which is now being turned into a movie. It’ll be helmed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who directed the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine as well as last year’s underrated Ruby Sparks. Read More »