The "Mister Rogers" Google Doodle is the nostalgia we need right now

22 September, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Fred Rogers

Thankfully, the Google Doodle offered just the right salve.

Google is celebrating the 51st anniversary of Fred Rogers taping the very first episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with a nostalgia-inducing Doodle.

It's a handsome day for the legacy of Fred Rogers, one of America's most beloved television personalities. In honor of the major milestone, Friday's Google Doodle was a sweet stop-motion video using Rogers' vocals on the classic song "What You Be My Neighbor?" which also served as the opening theme for his iconic children's show.

If you are someone who grew up on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a kid, this image will be a fond reminder.

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Through the magic of a fairly nascent technology called television, he took preschool-age children on factory tours, met with people in the neighborhood to talk about their jobs, and even visited the set of the TV show The Incredible Hulk (disclosure: The Hulk appeared on CBS, which owns CNET).

So it is Rogers's own musical voice that soothingly carries us through the almost two-minute animation, from the trolley-tracking shot of his model neighborhood through visual cues to some of his most memorable characters - a progression of picture-pictures that frames his special connection with child viewers - all done with sculpted characters that salute the host's passion for puppetry. "This stroll through the Neighborhood is delightful, and Fred's gentle kindness is beautifully captured in the Doodle".

"We are television neighbors, aren't we, you and I?" the host liked to say, looking squarely into - and seemingly through - the camera.

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