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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Episode 0008 [1968]

Original Air Date: February 28, 1968

For details on Episode 0008 visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Episode 0007 [1968]

How about two tonight....

Original Air Date: February 27, 1968

For details on Episode 0007 visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Episode 0006 [1968]

I've got some exciting news, everyone!

As you'll see below, the first of several new classic episodes has been added to the Neighborhood Archive! In an effort to fill the gaps found on the episode pages of the site, I have been provided access to fifty additional pre-1979 episodes -- most of which have been unseen for many years. In the coming weeks, you can expect to see details on the departure of the Frogg family, the arrival of Queen Sara, the royal wedding, the births of Ana Platypus and Prince Tuesday, the five operas not yet covered, and several episodes from the Neighborhood's first season (such as the one below).

These episodes were provided to me to allow for continued progress in building the Neighborhood Archive. I have agreed to use this footage for detailing the episodes and providing screenshots for the site and am not permitted to otherwise disseminate this material in any form -- online or to any individual.

Although seeing this material is indeed very exciting, I ask that you please respect these guidelines and not contact me to request copies of these episodes. Instead, I hope that you will continue to visit the Neighborhood Archive regularly and enjoy discussing that which I do have permission to share.

With that, let the fun begin!

Original Air Date: February 26, 1968

For details on Episode 0006 visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Character Page Update: Lady Elaine

In my museum the world is stored
In there you never need be bored

Lady Elaine Fairchilde's page is up. Take a look on the Neighborhood Archive site.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Character Page Update: Lady Aberlin

Lady A
Oh Lady A
Oh what a treat I've had today
To sing a song with you along
Oh Lady A
Oh Lady A

After a bit of a break from working on the character pages, Lady Aberlin's page is up. Take a look on the Neighborhood Archive site.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

P-O-K-W-D-B-G-R-T Team Shirt

I love physical pop culture. Things you can put your hands on, you know? I thought it might be kind of fun to put together a "Pussycat Owl King Woman Dog Boy Girl Reindeer Tiger Team" shirt that you could actually wear yourself.

Interested? These would be printed through Cafe Press and would be made as they are ordered. Each item is marked up by only a buck or so -- each dollar profited will go to the further improvement of the Neighborhood Archive (maintenance costs, purchase of new memorabilia, etc). Sorry, base prices on Cafe Press are a bit high to begin with.

If you're interested, have at it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A lapse in judgement.

I was contacted today by a reader concerned with the content of the recent posts featuring the Pearls Before Swine Mister Rogers parodies. While my purpose in sharing these comics was simply to reference the parody, I had neglected to consider the offensive nature of the comics' content.

My apologies to anyone who may have been offended by these posts -- they have since been removed in order to maintain the Neighborhood Archive as a safe place for all to visit.

Friday, February 10, 2012

An Episode 1507 Curiosity

I'm always amazed at the attention to detail that some readers of this blog are able to notice when watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. I was contacted early this week by Paul who noticed some things in Episode 1507 that just didn't add up. I'll let him explain...
There is major evidence that the sequence with Mary Jo Barren in episode 1507 was filmed at least twice and pieced together. First of all, notice where the line of kids are as they go under the adults’ arms. 
By the end of the shot shown above, the girl in the red and pink dress is nearly past Ms. Barren, however in the very next shot, she is not even under her arm yet. 
A little later, Betty Aberlin is on right side of the mantle when they stop moving for a moment, then over on the far left, back on the right, and finally back towards the left, all “without moving.” Ms. Barren and the boy in the light blue shirt switch places as well. 
Further into the visit, the girl in the red and pink dress (“Miss Nicky”) takes a turn “flying away,” followed by the boy in the yellow shirt (“Mr. Omar”) 

After they sit down, the girl in the red suspenders is on the left and no one is between Mr. Rogers and the boy in the light blue shirt. In the next shot, the girl in the red suspenders has moved between Mr. Rogers and the boy in the light blue shirt. 
Now it’s Mr. Rogers turn. Remember how the girl in the red and pink dress was on the left of the boy with the yellow shirt (above)… After Mr. Rogers “flies away,” the camera pans down revealing that she is now between Betty Aberlin and Ms. Barren. 
Before, the shot ends, Ms. Barren again (even though the other children apparently haven’t had a turn) calls for “Mr. Omar” to fly away, but when the shot changes, it is definitely not Mr. Omar who “flies” by: 
Finally, in the end it is not one of the girls who sits down (even though they obviously just passed the camera) but the boy in the yellow shirt. Some of the other children have moved again too. (It finishes with “Miss Sarah” flying away.) 
It’s strange how I never noticed this before, even though some of the changes are so obvious…
Take a look at this episode for yourself by watching it via Amazon Video On-Demand.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Speedy Delivery Toy Truck

I recently picked up this pretty nice little toy...on one side showing the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood logo...

...and other the other Mr. McFeely with a logo for his Speedy Delivery service.

There appears to be two signatures on the bottom of this toy but I'm clueless as to who these individuals are. Any ideas?