Can’t wait to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Haven’t gone to the movies in years, but this one should be worth a step out into the chilly autumn weather.
When I picked up Parade Magazine the other day, I thought I was looking into the face of Fred Rogers, but it was actually a very well made up Tom Hanks. What better personality to portray the icon of children’s TV programming?
Parade asked Tom to name five things he learned from studying the life of Fred.
Slowing down was the first thing Tom mentioned. Movie making is normally highly frenetic. That’s contrary to what Mister Rogers was about.
Tom commented that the show was indeed designed for kids. It addressed difficult ideas of physics and of human relationships in a manner to which children could relate.
The cardigan sweater, the Converse or Sperry topsider tennis shoes, reflect the fact that Fred was comfortable in his clothes and in his own skin, it seems. He took on difficult issues of race and marital relationships with simplistic, yet poignant words and acts.
I was surprised to learn he was from a wealthy family, though I suppose I shouldn’t have been. Thoughtful individuals with the confidence and freedom to follow their goals find it easier to get their messages across. Think JFK.
Fred’s health tips include:
Rising at five am to a glass of hot cranberry juice – to answer every piece of mail he received from young viewers.
A daily 20 minute swim.
And here’s my favorite take away:
A framed quote from Fred Rogers:
“That which is essential is invisible to the naked eye.”
That’s true in any neighborhood.
Have you seen the movie? Did you watch Mister Rogers as a child?
I haven’t yet seen it and admit I only watched Captain Kangaroo as a kid, though I did see clips of Mister Rogers, and heard of his shows from others.
I have to see this movie at some point, and I plan to look for DVDs of the shows.