WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR Trailer Looks Back at Mister Rogers' Legacy

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR Trailer Looks Back at Mister Rogers' Legacy

The film itself explores the persona of "Mr. Rogers" as well as his fascinating real life, with a charming but honest tone that recalls Mr Rogers' Neighborhood.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor brings back previous cast in the show, including Francois Clemmons, who played Officer Clemmons.

Focus Features released the new trailer for "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" on Fred Rogers birthday. Less than two years after the PBS show went off the air, Rogers died of stomach cancer.

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"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" distinguished itself from other children's programming by addressing subjects that were previously considered off-limits for the genre, including divorce, race relations, and death. "I know everyone says this, but he was radical".

In the trailer, which includes behind-the-scenes footage as the Mister Rogers crew prepares the show's set (hanging sweaters in a closet, placing Trolly on its tracks), Fred Rogers sums up the guiding principle and the key to that unlikely success.

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"Children have deep feelings just the way everybody does, " he says in the film. While there has been some critiques of the documentary for not delving further into Rogers personally, the initial reaction seems to be one of a sweet nostalgia and a simple desire for more characters on television like Rogers. Or the lack of it. The documentary premiered at Sundance earlier this year and will be in theaters June 8. "I believe Mister Rogers is the kind of voice we need to hear right now", Neville said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in November.

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