Even though Fred Rogers may have passed away back in 2003, it appears that PBS has discovered a whole new way to honor the legendary host and his legacy.
Over the weekend, it was announced that in 2012 a new animated show entitled “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood would come to PBS, and feature the children of a number of the popular characters featured in the original “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” series. (The title character is the son of the original Tiger.) The focus is reportedly set to be very much on music-based education, along with some of the other values introduced in the original program.
In a statement, PBS Senior Vice-President Lesli Rotenberg announced why the decision was made to bring the series back in a brand-new way:
“Fred Rogers revolutionized children’s media with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood continues on this path of innovation, helping the next generation of young children learn and grow in new ways. oining the PBS Kids family of series that cover important curricular areas like literacy and science,Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood fills a critical gap in children’s media today: modeling the behaviors and habits that kids need in order to excel in formal learning settings – essentially, learning how to learn. It’s important for kids to learn pro-social skills like cooperation and listening, so that when they start school they are able to focus on the material at hand.”
Do you remember growing up watching the old show?