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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Episode 1144 [1971]

Original Air Date: March 4, 1971

EPISODE DESCRIPTION

SONGS:
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  • It's Such a Good Feeling
  • Look and Listen
  • Tomorrow
Mister Rogers arrives with a variety of pictures made by some young friends. After sharing the pictures, Mister Rogers visits a nursery school where he visits with Mrs. Saunders.

 
The eager children at the school show Mister Rogers examples of the many activities that they enjoy such a building with blocks, creating artwork, and pretending.

 
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. McFeely delivers an important package to Dr. Bill Platypus. The package includes an invitation for Dr. Bill to complete his pediatric studies in Australia as well as an inflatable flying machine which is designed to transport Dr. Bill and his family to Australia. Clearly excited, Dr. Bill cannot wait to share the news with his family.

 
Meanwhile, at the castle, Mrs. Saunders and Lady Aberlin sing It's Such a Good Feeling to Prince Tuesday before Mr. McFeely stops by with news of the Platypus family's potential travel plans.

 
Back at the primary school, Mister Rogers spends a moment singing with the children before departing. Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about things you might learn at a primary school and concludes by singing Look and Listen.

 
COMMENTARY
  • One young student at the primary school tells Mister Rogers: "You look a little more better on television than you do here." Mister Rogers' responds: "Maybe different, huh? I think sometimes it's funny to see me when I'm not on television. You expect me to be on television because that's what you're used to."
  • Another youngster asks "What's that noise?" In a moment of Neighborhood and studio crossover, Mister Rogers responds: "You mean the music? That's Mr. Costa playing."
CREDITS

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in association with Small World Enterprises Inc. for N.E.T.

Created and written by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker, Carol Saunders

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1970 National Educational Television and Radio Center

3 comments:

Eric Scales said...

Fortunately this was an episode I was able to catch when it was on youtube. I loved how unrehearsed the interaction with the kids was. That girls comment about Fred "looking better" on TV was pretty great, and of course Fred's response was appropriate, though he did try to explain it away a bit more than I would expect: different not necessarily better. Though I can't figure out the thing about Johnny Costa's music- does that mean it was shot on a soundstage instead of at a real school? From the screenshots I can't tell but I would guess that would have to be the case if the music was being performed live.

TL said...

Eric -- The primary school footage was definitely filmed on a soundstage and not in an actual school.

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