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Episode 1217

Air Date: March 21, 1972
Previous Episode: 1216
Next Episode: 1218

Mister Rogers demonstrates a flip-book animation made for him by a friend. He has made a flip-book of his own with an dot bouncing around the pages. After singing Look and Listen, Mister Rogers shares an animated version of Looking for Letters.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. Appel (the magician) passes by in a hurry to take breakfast to his family. Despite it being later in the day, he mentions to King Friday, Queen Sara, and Lady Aberlin that it is the first thing his family will have eaten that day. Lady Aberlin learns that Mr. Appel had to sell his cape in order to pay for the food. To help Mr. Appel, King Friday establishes the King Friday Queen Sara Saturday Royal Foundation for the Performing Arts (KFQSSRFFTPA).

Back at the house, Mister Rogers is visited by Andrew Wyeth who demonstrates a rotating platter used to make animation. He goes on to explain how an animated film is made before showing one of his own films. The film plays over a recording of Mister Rogers singing You've Got To Do It.


Singing the opening song, Mister Rogers laughs at himself as he slightly stumbles over the words: "Would you be mine? Would you be mine?"

Looking For Letters was also featured in Episode 0010, Episode 1023,  Episode 1058, and Episode 1174.

A portion of Mr. Wyeth's visit is used several years later in Episode 1483.

Unlike other episodes, the funding credit ("The people who gave the money...") appears in print during the closing credits but is not read verbally.

The animated film is also shown in Episode 1207 and Episode 1242.

Appearing In This Episode





Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Charles Appel, Andrew Wyeth
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh
The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1971 Family Communications, Inc.

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