Fred Rogers was an unlikely star. Armed only with songs, puppets, and a closet full of sweaters he managed to touch the lives of millions of children with one very simple message, "I like you just the way you are."
It was an unconventional formula in an era when gun slinging cowboys and Saturday morning cartoons ruled the airways -- but a new documentary is examining how the mild mannered charisma of Mr. Rogers made his show a cornerstone of public television for generations.
The newly released trailer for the movie is already causing a stir, as fans are getting quite emotional remembering the love and kindness Mr. Rogers showed them and so many other other children.
See how a little kindness makes a world of difference. Won't You Be My Neighbor? is an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers.— Won't You Be My Neighbor? (@MrRogersMovie) March 20, 2018
Watch the trailer and see it in select theaters June 8th. #MrRogersMovie pic.twitter.com/NiOw6rh5bM
Twitter tried their best to keep it together, but failed miserably.
Many shared memories of Mr. Rogers and what he meant to them.
I miss him very much😢to every kid like me with an absent father...Mr. Rogers filled the void.— R👁K👁 (@HotRodWidow) March 20, 2018
As a child, I laughed at and said derogatory things about Mr. Rogers. I completely misunderstood his gentle nature. 40+ years later I aspire to have his wisdom, intelligence, humility, and love, to name but a few qualities of this amazing man.— Tom Sutton (@nottusmot) March 20, 2018
I have grown up watching Mr.Roger’s since the early 70’s when I was little always when he a part of Sesame Street! Now that I’m 48 years old, I am so glad that he has his own movie and I am planning on watching this when it comes out!— Chrissy Conley (@conley723) March 20, 2018
And more than few agreed that the world could really use Mr. Rogers right now.
I want to see this. I didn't think I would. We could use a little Mr. Rogers in these angry times.— Peter de Sève (@peterdeseve) March 20, 2018
But one tweet reminded us that the best way to keep Mr. Rogers' spirit alive was to learn from his message.
“The greatest thing we can do is to let someone know they’re loved and capable of loving.”— Ash 🥀 (@AshNicole_08) March 20, 2018
We could all learn from this man.
H/T - Twitter