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Lessons From Mister Rogers' Neighborhood


LABEL: Expressive Media
CATALOG #: 888295180054

Total Running Time: 52 minutes, 47 seconds


This documentary highlights the psychological and educational lessons that Fred Rogers taught through music, puppetry and metaphor – in a powerful way that was both authentic and direct. A trained composer and minister, as well as a sophisticated student of child development and psychology, Rogers consulted with senior mental health professionals about every element of the program, all of which he created himself. The structure and tone of the show provided a friendly “neighborhood” – a virtual “holding environment” – within which even disturbing themes (like the fears stimulated by divorce or the imagined danger of angry impulses) could be safely explored. This film is about Rogers' contribution to the well-being of our national psyche, helping us to manage both daily challenges and life's difficult passages. Although children were his primary audience, the truth is that Mister Rogers' lessons have always been relevant for people of all ages.



  • Named Best Documentary at the 2015 Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival.
  • Read the Neighborhood Archive review of this film HERE.


Director & Editor: Judy Rubin
Assistant Editor: Ellie Irwin
Editorial Revision: Connie Bottinelli
Editorial Assistance/DVD Menu Design: John Mittner
Sound Editor/Post Production Mixer: Scott Cannizzaro
Colorist: Rob Bessette
Online Editor/Graphics: Timothy Montgomery
Post Production Assistant: Kagan Durmer
Post Production Producer: Holly Miller
Consultants: Dan Aron, Connie Bottinelli, Barry Cohen, Ben Grandis, Jenny Grandis, Jim Lenkner, Sam Newbury, Laura Paglin, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Herb Rubin, Nona Rubin, Annette Shore, Liz Stone
With Deepest Gratitute to: Bill Isler, Joanne Rogers, Rick Sebak, Kevin Conrad, Nancy Curry, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, Jerome & Dorothy Singer, Marge Petruska, Deb Acklin, Jacqui Thomas, Jenni Matz, David Newell, Hedda Sharapan, Kevin Morrison, Brittany Smith

Excerpts from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" used with permission from The Fred Rogers Company
© The Fred Rogers Company

Footage supplied courtesy of WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh, PA

Footage from the Fred Rogers Oral History Collection supplied courtesy of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA

Archive of American Television, North Hollywood, CA

With generous support from The Heinze Endowments

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