Mr. Rogers: PBS auto-tunes your favorite neighbor
Thanks to viewers like you, now you can have the trippy experience of feeling like you’re five again while simultaneously enduring yet another rendition of an Internet fad. That’s what happens when a childhood staple like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is combined with the modern craze of auto-tuning.
This video, released Thursday, has little in common with the Bed Intruder Song or the Double Rainbow meme. It’s actually rather sweet, probably because PBS is behind it, along with John Boswell, a.k.a. melodysheep, creator of the Symphony of Science videos.
PBS has taken some of the late Mister Fred Rogers’ most memorable messages (only this man could say, “You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind” without it being cheesy) and set them to music. There are also some fun melodic tricks as the cardigan-clad neighbor plays the slide whistle and gives us a few snaps. The description on the video’s YouTube page announces this is the first in a series of PBS icons remixed.
One sad note though: There are probably plenty of kids today who would answer “no” when Mister Roger asks, “You know what this is?”