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THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers

Episode 1533

Episode 1533
Topic Grandparents
Air Date May 9, 1984
Songs Won't You Be My Neighbor?;
Did You Know;
Then Your Heart is Full of Love;
Ana Prince and Daniel;
It's Such a Good Feeling;
The Weekend Song
Guests None

Mister Rogers mentions that he has been thinking about an old car that his grandparents had when he was younger. Showing a picture of the car that he brough with him, Mister Rogers shares a video to remembers a time when he drove a similar car. He also mentions that his grandparents often read to him which he believes is the reason he enjoys books so much. Mister Rogers then looks at a picture book about tools before singing Did You Know.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Collette talks with Officer Clemmons about her hobby -- taking pictures of jungle animals. Officer Clemmons sings Then Your Heart is Full of Love which demonstrates his hobby of singing. At the castle, Neighbor Aber sings a protion of the song with Officer Clemmons as Collette boards the Trolley for a trip to the school at Someplace Else.

At the school, the children welcome Collette and Neighbor Aber with a song. When Collette reponds with a welcome in French, the children sing her words in a song. Collette shares her photographs of jungle animals and Neighbor Aber shows a film about farm animals. Throughout both presentations, Daniel questions the idea of grandparents until Neighbor Aber assures him of the fact that everyone has two sets of grandparents -- even if a person has never seen them.

At the castle, King Friday is on the phone with Reardon and is commissioning a new opera. Neighbor Aber and Collette offer the idea of having an opera about someone who wants a grandfather very much.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about memories of his own grandparents before he recalls a gift he once made for them -- a paper picture frame in the shape of a heart. In the kitchen, he uses a piece of construction paper to recreate the gift. Mister Rogers concludes by singing Then Your Heart is Full of Love.


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Notes

  • Tools by Ken Robbins can be purchased on Amazon.com.
  • The film of Mister Rogers driving an antique car also appears on Episode 1582.
  • Prince Tuesday reveals that his favorite animals are "platypuses, tigers, and cows."
  • The song sung by the children to welcome Collette and Neighbor Aber is to the tune of Ana, Prince, and Daniel.

    Welcome to Miss Tiger
    Welcome Mister Aber
    We are very happy you're near, you're near
    Welcome to Miss Tiger
    Welcome Mister Aber
    We are very happy you're here

  • After Collete greets the children in French -- "Quelle Belle Ecole" -- they respond by singing her words in a song to the tune of America the Beautiful.
  • When the Trolley expresses an interest in being a part of the opera, King Friday suggests that it " have a ding with Reardon when he comes."
  • As he feeds the fish, Mister Rogers shares a short but profound thought about grandparents: "Grandparents sometimes have more time for children than parents do. Maybe that's why it's often so much fun to be with grandparents."
  • Betty Aberlin is listed in the credits for this episode but she does not appear on camera.
  • Download this episode from Amazon Video On-Demand.

Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Charles Altman, Francois Clemmons, Carole Muller, Bob Trow
Special thanks to Brooks Goddard, Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Republic of Zimbabwe, Four Winds Press, Henry Ford Museum, Scafa-Tornabene Art Publishing, The Pet Pad, Turner Dairy Farm
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1984 Family Communications, Inc.


Appearing In This Episode

Mister Rogers | Francois Clemmons | Collette | Neighbor Aber | Daniel Striped Tiger | Ana Platypus | Prince Tuesday | Harriett Elizabeth Cow | King Friday XIII

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