This post might come off as completely random, but I think the majority of us have learned at least one important lesson from Mister Rogers. Like changing sweaters when coming in from outside and having fabulous slippers for indoors ;) In all seriousness, I’m sure we’ve all watched an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood during our childhood.
Believe it or not, PBS hasn’t aired the iconic kids show in eleven years. The network has finally decided to move forward and broadcast a series based on the original series. Kevin Morrison, the show’s co-executive producer, insists that the new show will maintain all the important elements of the original series.
“What you saw in Fred was that he talked about feelings, he talked about difficult things,” co-executive producer Kevin Morrison said. “The death of a goldfish was not a discussion of the alphabet. It was a discussion of life. It was social and emotional, not cognitive based.”
Titled Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the new show will be completely animated unlike the original live-action series. The show’s characters is based on the offspring of Rogers’ original puppets. Personally, I think this is the perfect way to keep the show going. Replacing Fred Rogers who died in 2003, would be a difficult task. At least this way the network doesn’t have to worry about any of the animated characters masturbating in public, like Fred Willard. Check out a trailer of the new show below.
I love the incorporation of the red train. Since I babysit my niece once a week, I’m sure I’ll be sampling Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in the near future. Do you think it was a wise decision to replace Mr. Rogers with animated characters? Sound off below.