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Episode 1471

Episode 1471
Topic Makes an Opera
(Windstorm in Bubbleland)
Air Date May 19, 1980
Songs Won't You Be My Neighbor?;
Look and Listen;
It's You I Like;
It's Such a Good Feeling
Guests Jay O'Callahan

Mister Rogers arrives empty-handed but has a synthesizer waiting inside the house to show viewers. As he demonstrates the various sounds made by the synthesizer, viewers are invited to close their eyes and try to guess what sound is being made. Mister Rogers talks about how by looking and listening carefully in the world, a person will find lots to play with. He then sings Look and Listen.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a "person delivery" in the form of Jay O'Callahan. Mr. O'Callahan shares a story about a king who finds himself trapped inside a giant bubble.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is blowing bubbles for King Friday. The King had recently heard the story about the king who was trapped in the bubble and wants Handyman Negri to make a large bubble that will cover the castle. Handyman Negri tries to explain that the story is just pretend but is quickly reminded that the Neighborhood of Make-Believe is pretend as well. Miss Paulificate brings a phone call from Reardon to King Friday who learns that Reardon will be arriving the next day to plan a new opera -- one with bubbles.

Lady Elaine Fairchilde expresses to Handyman Negri that she would like to be a hummingbird in the opera while Francois Clemmons reminds him that anything is possible in Make-Believe. At Daniel's clock, Mr. Clemmons and Daniel practice blowing bubbles while they talk about different feelings. Mr. Clemmons decides that he would like to be a pourpise in the opera.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the upcoming opera as well as the need that all people have to be loved: "Every person that you see in this world needs to be loved. And the marvelous thing about being human is that while we are very much alike, each one of us is very different, too. Isn't it great that we can care about one another the way we do?" Mister Rogers then sings It's You I Like.


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Notes

  • While commonly referred to as the "Bubbleland" episodes, this week's series is actually titled "Mister Rogers Makes an Opera."
  • Jay O'Callahan is a professional story teller who continues to share his stories today. You can visit Mr. O'Callahan's official website at www.ocallahan.com.
  • Purchase this episode on DVD or digital download.

Episode Credits

Neighbors: Francois Clemmons, Joe Negri, David Newell, Jay O'Callahan, Audrey Roth
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by: Hugh Martin
Associate Producer: Cathy L. Cohen
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in Association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A Production of Family Communications
© 1980 Family Communications, Inc.


Appearing In This Episode

Mister Rogers | Mr. McFeely | King Friday XIII | Handyman Negri | Miss Paulificate | Lady Elaine Fairchilde | Francois Clemmons | Daniel Striped Tiger

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