Thursday, July 30, 2009
Several weeks ago, we looked at Mister Rogers' crossover to the Sesame Street neighborhood but what about a more recent, lesser known crossover? Many people don't realize that Mister Rogers made an animated crossover to the PBS show Arthur.
Back in 1997, during the first episode of Arthur's second season, the first half of the show was a segment titled "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers" [Written by Ken Scarborough, Storyboard by Denis Banville]. In this episode, Mister Rogers comes to stay with Arthur's family and to visit Arthur's school. According to the dialogue, Mister Rogers grew up in the same neighborhood as Arthur's mother. Throughout the episode, Arthur is scurrying to prevent his peers from knowing that Mister Rogers is staying at his house for fear of being thought of as baby-ish. In the end, Mister Rogers visits the school and all is well.
The segment ends with footage of Fred Rogers recording audio for this episode and some clips about the process of animating Mister Rogers. Very interesting and fun, indeed.
For anyone interested, this episode is currently viewable on YouTube in its entirety (for the sake of our agreement with FCI regarding video footage, you're on your own to track it down).
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
PBS has told member stations that "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" will only be available to air one episode weekly beginning in the fall. This past season, stations that wanted to air the "Neighborhood" daily had that option. Not anymore.
"PBS is operating under very tight budget constraints and it already has a full program lineup to support Monday through Friday," said Kevin Morrison, chief operating officer for Rogers' Oakland-based Family Communications Inc. "If it was offering ‘Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' on a daily basis it would only be as an option to the existing full lineup of programs, and that option is an expensive option for them and the financial situation prevents them from making that an option."
Presumably that means WQED will also air the show just once a week, although I haven't gotten definitive clarification on that yet.
Morrison said PBS remains supportive of the "Neighborhood," launching a revamped Web site for the show this week at the PBS Kids site.
"It's a demonstration of their continuing commitment to keep ‘Mister Rogers' on the Web," Morrison said this week. "They put a lot of time and effort into keeping that fresh and alive and it certainly looks good."
The updated site includes a section called "Neighbors of All Ages" that invites fans to post their memories and photos of growing up with Fred Rogers. Video clips of Rogers are posted with more due this fall.
For more, on this topic and what you can do to voice your opinion, visit SaveMisterRogers.com.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thanks for sharing, Vickie!
(On a side note, you may recognize Vickie's daughter from the "But I watch it everyday..."post from this past April.)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
With that in mind, it was interesting to come across Having an Operation on eBay this week (still for sale at the time of this post if anyone is interested). Having an Operation also comes from the Let's Talk About It series and has the same specifics as Going to the Hospital -- published in 1977 by Johnson & Johnson, et al.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I did this drawing in under a minute, (color took about 5) and I really like how effortless it looks. Many of the puppets on the show don't lend themselves to much expression, but Corny's grin and easygoing manner were easy to translate. Perhaps I'll post some of the other Mr. Rogers pieces in a future post.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass,
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass-
We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
It isn't by size that you win or you fail-
Aside from being used on the show, and simply being a good positive message, how does this relate to Mister Roger's Neighborhood? I think Fred must have really believed deeply in the concept of doing your best no matter what the job was, but also in helping others know how much their hard work was appreciated. Certainly he praises the world-renowned musical guests he's had on, like Yoyo Ma or Itzhak Perlman but have you ever noticed how he interacted with the normal folks around his neighborhood? Talking to someone working on an assembly line in a doll factory or a mushroom farm, he always praises them for contributing what they can. He looks at these people toiling in what any other person would consider a frighteningly menial job, looks them in the eye and says "You really must know how to do your job well!", "You must think a lot about the children/people who will enjoy what you make", or simply "I really appreciate what you do,". When was the last time you thought to say that to somebody?! I mean, on the rare occasions someone encounters a truly talented musician or an artist, it's difficult to muster the courage to say something so heartfelt, but would you ever think to thank the bagboy or checker at your local grocery store, not simply with the standard "Thanks" but with such a kind compliment as "I appreciate what you do and am glad that you're here"?
Fred thanks Paper Artist Ben Gonzalez in Episode #1714
Too often work is openly discussed as a drudgery. We complain to our children how tedious it is and how we wish we had their freedom to play. How can we expect them to do their best at everything if we condition them to have a negative outlook at a less than glamorous job? I know that a nice compliment will not make you love a hateful job, but wow! I think if anyone ever gave me such a sincere compliment for something most people take for granted, the rest of the day would certainly be beautiful in my neighborhood. What a wonderful example it would be to children- to show them how to appreciate hard work, not only doing it themselves but to open their eyes to the everyday tasks around them and how valuable each and every job is.