Google partnered with Fred Rogers Productions, the Fred Rogers Center and BixPix Entertainment to create a wonderfully nostalgic, colorful stop-motion animation to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood national television debut on PBS. The animation perfectly captures the immeasurable kindness, compassion and warmth exuded by everyone’s favorite sweater-clad neighbor whom many of us miss so deeply.
On this date, September 21, 1967, 51 years ago, Fred Rogers walked into the television studio at WQED in Pittsburgh to tape the very first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which would premiere nationally on PBS in February 1968. He became known as Mister Rogers, nationally beloved, sweater wearing, “television neighbor,” whose groundbreaking children’s series inspired and educated generations of young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty.
Here’s the amazing behind-the-scenes footage showing how this wonderful tribute was created.
#MisterRogers Fact: No episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood began without one of his iconic sweaters. In fact, every single one seen on the show was knitted personally by his Mom. #ThanksMom#GoogleDoodle ? https://t.co/dcJS1V9uBS pic.twitter.com/fcYRNlUHUI
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) September 21, 2018
In 1967, #OnThisDay, taping began for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In 1969, Mr. Rogers testified before a Senate Committee to advocate for educational programming and public broadcasting funding.
“Looks like you just earned the 20 million dollars.” #FlashbackFriday pic.twitter.com/yVMxz2PUHH
— American History TV (@cspanhistory) September 21, 2018
Mister Rogers taped the first episode of his beloved TV show 51 years ago today.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) September 21, 2018