In 2018, HBO released a behind-the-scenes documentary about long-time children’s show host Fred Rogers, the star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Starting 1963 and running until August 31, 2001, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was the the longest-running children’s television series – 31 seasons and over 1,000 episodes – until Sesame Street surpassed it in July 2002.
In 2019, Mister Rogers, who passed away in 2003, gets even more love as none other than Tom Hanks (how perfect is that?) will be portraying him in an upcoming biopic titled, appropriately, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.
The film, inspired by the November 1998 Esquire article “Can You Say…Hero?” by Tom Junod, is “a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.”
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood hits theaters this Thanksgiving.
Enjoy the first trailer below, but be warned, some of the reactions to it on social media today have involved a box of Kleenex.
“Sometimes we have to ask for help and that’s okay,” Rogers says in the trailer. “I think the best thing we can do is to let people know that each one of them is precious.”