Waking up and going straight to Twitter was a bad idea today (and most days). Thankfully, the Google Doodle provided just the right salve.
To mark the anniversary of the taping of the very first episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Google offered up a lovely stop-motion animated video on Friday, featuring Fred Rogers proclaiming, as he always did, that today is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Rogers taped the groundbreaking children’s series first episode 51 years ago, on Sept. 21, 1967, from WQED in Pittsburgh for a premiere that would eventually air nationally on PBS in February 1968.
Google collaborated with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center, and BixPix Entertainment on the nearly 2-minute video. On YouTube, the tech giant called it a reminder “of the nurturing, caring, and whimsy that made the show feel like a ‘television visit’ between Mister Rogers and his young viewers.”
“I’m so thrilled that Google is celebrating Fred and ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ with this charming tribute,” Rogers’ wife, Joanne, said in a statement, according to Forbes. “This stroll through the Neighborhood is delightful, and Fred’s gentle kindness is beautifully captured in the Doodle.”
Fred Rogers died on Feb. 27, 2003, at the age of 74.