While it doesn’t mean much to most Australians, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is an American (hence the spelling) institution when it comes to kids’ TV shows. Now, Tom Hanks is featuring as its star in a new biopic.
So, we guess to us it’s kind of like if they made a biopic of Miss Jane from Mr Squiggle, or Jemima from Play School.
The mister in question, Fred Rogers, who passed away in 2003, was one of the original nice guys, hosting 895 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1968 to 2001. In this time he composed more than 200 songs, created 14 puppets and influenced millions of children with his general – and genuine – niceness.
He was also the inspiration for Jim Carrey’s character Mr Pickles in the very, very good series Kidding.
So anyway, Tom Hanks starring as Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a big deal. It may not receive a cinema release in Australia – we’re waiting for confirmation – but here’s a new trailer for the November-due (in the US) flick anyway: