Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
Average Rating:
Rate this:
An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Apr 29, 2020

Learned so much about an amazing man and cried at his sincerity and humility. Get to know the real Fred Rogers.

Mar 14, 2020

Very good documentary about Mr. Rogers. This is NOT the Tom Hanks movie that was out recently. We have not seen that one but I am guessing this is probably better than the movie although we do want to see the movie.

VaughanPLDavidB Mar 08, 2020

I never watched Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, so I have no preconceived notions or childhood memories to cloud my judgement. Still I could not help but be moved by Fred Rogers utter sincerity and total commitment to the children who watched his show. As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, he believed that children should be taught how to deal with their emotions, especially that they should not hide them away, but be allowed to talk about them. He confronted difficult topics like war, disability, racism, divorce, and death in a way that children could at least begin to comprehend. He was mistakenly criticized for always telling children that each of them was special, thus making them entitled. What he was actually trying to tell them was that each of them had inherent value in the eyes of God, but that they also had to live up to that.

Dec 25, 2019

What a marvelous production, to celebrate a charming man! Unexpectedly, I cried. Dear, dear Mr. Rogers.

Dec 05, 2019

Want to be inspired to spread kindness? This is the documentary for you! The dive into Fred Rogers' life and legacy will leave you feeling more compassionate and hopeful. Pairs well with jazz and piano music.

Nov 16, 2019

The world was a far better place when Mr. Rogers was in it.

Sep 15, 2019

This made me realize that I miss Mr Rogers. A great look at Fred Rogers. and something I really appreciate about the video is that it wasn't so adorning that it felt sweet. Rogers had so much love for the world and it's children, there was no need it. Was glad to find out from my daughter today that Daniel the Tiger, the popular kid's book character, came from Mr Rogers Neighborhood, so the caring focus that Fred gave in his show is carried on.

Aug 24, 2019

Really enjoyed watching this video.

LPL_SarahM Aug 18, 2019

Wonderful movie about a kind-hearted man who tried to change the world with grace. He believed every child deserves to be loved. How can anyone argue with that? I got teary-eyed many times but the scene with Koko the Gorilla had me weeping. We need more people like Fred Rogers in this world.

Aug 15, 2019

Fox and Friends called Fred Roger a very evil man. I suppose since Fred actually followed the practices of real Christians that the fake evangelical trump supporters would think Fred was evil. #sad

View All Comments


Add a Quote
Dec 25, 2018

"That's what's wrong with our country. That's what's wrong with children today." He didn't say, "if you want to be special, you're gonna have to work hard." And now all these kids are growing up, and they're realizing, "hey, wait a minute. Mr. Rogers lied to me. I'm not special."
"you're special."
And what that ultimately means, of course, is that you don't ever have to do
anything sensational for people to love you. It is really a matter of believing that you're endowed by your creator with good. You know, there are many different ways of saying, "i love you." In fact, I like to think about times when I've seen people showing their love.
And if you don't believe that everyone has inherent value, you might as well go against the fundamental notion of Christianity that you are the beloved son or daughter of god.

Dec 25, 2018

Mr. Roger before Congress, part 1 of 2:

One of the first things that a child learns in a healthy family is trust. And I trust what you have said, that you will read this. It's very important to me. I care deeply about children. My first children...
-Will it make you happy if you read it?
I'd just like to talk about it, if it's all right.
-All right, sir.
This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child to help him realize that he is unique. I end the program by saying, "you've made this day a special day" by just your being you. "There's no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are." And I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service.

Dec 25, 2018

Mr. Roger before Congress, part 2 of 2:

Uh, could I tell you the words of one of the songs, which I feel is very important? This has to do with that good feeling of control, which I feel that... That children need to know is there. And it starts out, "what do you do with the mad that you feel?" And that first line came straight from a child. I work with children, doing puppets in... In very personal communication with small groups. "What do you do with the mad that you feel" when you feel so mad you could bite? "When the whole wide world seems oh so wrong" and nothing you do seems very right? "It's great to be able to stop" when you've planned a thing that's wrong
"and be able to do something else instead" and think this song. "I can stop when I want to, can stop when I wish," can stop, stop, stop anytime. "Know that there's something deep inside that helps us become what we can."

Dec 25, 2018

-Mm-hmm. You see, "i" is one letter, and "love"-- l-o-v-e-- is four letters, and "you"-- y-o-u-- is three letters.
When the horror of 9/11 really hit him, i-i think it was a real eye-opener. He was realizing that... It was just so big. It's always going to be an ongoing struggle to overcome evil.''
And so they were... they were intolerant of the tolerance. And the thing that... the thing that struck me that day, uh, more than anything else was the children that were there. Children that had been drafted into standing there with their parents and holding up signs and screaming. And those kids looked so unhappy. Those kids looked so exhausted. Those kids looked so ill-treated. It was just heart-breaking.

Dec 25, 2018

When I was a boy and I would hear about something scary, my mother would tell us, "always look for the people who are helping. You'll always find somebody who's trying to help."
"what would Fred Rogers do?" It's not a question that you can answer. The most important question is: "What are you going to do?"
From the time you were very little, you've had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. So, on this extra special day, let's take some time to think of those extra special people. Some of them may be right here, some may be far away. Some may even be in heaven. No matter where they are, deep down you know they've always wanted what was best for you. They've always cared about you beyond measure and have encouraged you to be true to the best within you. Let's just take a minute of silence to think about those people now.


Add Age Suitability
Nov 23, 2018

mauve_seastar_22 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at SMPL

To Top