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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is one of those movies that I enjoy being able to watch with my older children. I love the emotional intelligence that Mr. Rogers tries to instill in kids, which even sparked some conversations about a few of the moral lessons that presented throughout the film. It is a great movie to watch with your kids and center some discussions around, especially if they have never seen the original Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Synopsis
Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love, and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.
We Could All Use A Little Kindness
There are moral lessons to be learned throughout this movie, but it is done without being preachy about it. While the overall theme of the movie isn’t about Mr. Roger’s life, but instead the journey of his friendship with magazine writer Tom Junod, there are still a lot of other life lessons along the way.
One of the things my children were most surprised to hear/see after watching the movie, is that the puppet Daniel Tiger is where the inspiration for the PBS show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood comes from. They have seen the cartoon show many times, but have never seen the original Mister Roger’s Neighborhood so it was a fun discussion to have.
I wasn’t sure how well-received the movie was going to be with my kids, but when asked, my 10 yr old daughter said it was a really good movie and she even suggested it to her grandmother for movie night. We also watched some of the bonus clips about the making of the puppets for the movie and had some really good discussions about some of the life lessons presented throughout the film.
I don’t think the movie is great for younger kids as it just won’t hold their attention. My 6 yr old did watch it, but she didn’t really care for it that much.
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood wouldn’t be Mister Roger’s Neighborhood if we didn’t have the puppets from the Land of Make-Believe. My kids and I had some fun trying to make our own puppets after enjoying the movie and it was a ton of fun.
My eldest daughter really wanted to try and recreate one of the actual puppets so she was shooting for X the Owl. I think it turned out pretty well!
My youngest two really just enjoyed being able to play with all the craft supplies and while making some creations of their own, which turned out just as good in their own way.
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is available now via digital streaming, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K. Find a copy here.