Mr. Rogers Documentary Trailer Debuts on Host's 90th Birthday

Mr. Rogers Documentary Trailer Debuts on Host's 90th Birthday

Rogers, who died at 74 from stomach cancer in 2003, created the show because he wanted more compassionate programming for children, and many of his lessons still resonate a half-century later. The marathon is meant to honor Rogers as well as Monday's 50th anniversary of his program.

The trailer for a new documentary of the venerable PBS children's series "Mr. Rogers's Neighborhood" debuted Tuesday and "Please Won't You Be My Neighbor" is already winning over viewers.

A total of 895 episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" ran, beginning in 1968 until 2001, with each episode beginning the same way.

The episodes start streaming at 1 p.m. ET on March 20.

Today would have been Mr. Rogers's (real name Fred Rogers) birthday, which makes this trailer, and presumably the movie, all the more bittersweet. "I know everyone says this, but he was radical".

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

While radical may or may not be a word we've used to describe Fred Rogers and his Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in the past, this documentary certainly seems to prove the legacy he's left behind.

"Children have very deep feelings, just the way everybody does", Rogers explains in the trailer.

"Love is at the root of everything - all learning, all parenting, all relationships, love. 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.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? arrives in select US theaters this year on June 8.

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