Even you are a crusty old psychopath who mocks genuine emotion or an ennui-filled millennial who never grew up with him, the trailer for the Mr Rogers doc Won’t You be My Neighbor is guaranteed to leave you in absolute puddles.
Focus Features has released the trailer on what would have been Rogers’s 90th birthday.
The Focus Features documentary, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), is described by Focus as an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. The logline reads: A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
Watch below. And prepare to bawl.
“Love,” Rogers says, “is at the root of everything – all learning, all parenting, all relationships, love. Or the lack of it. And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become.”
My God, what did we ever do to deserve this man? The world has never been the same without him.