From PBS KIDS: The Tiger Family Grows - The Tiger Family is expanding and Daniel finds out that he is going to be a big brother! At first, he isn't sure what to expect, but as his family prepares for...
It's Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
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Fred's Descendants & Legacy
HAVING WATCHED OUR own children (Jenn & Michelle) growing up with the fine influence of Fred Rogers with his MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD, we were really happy to see that the show and Mr. Rodgers himself have left us an heir to his program. It is a tangible example of his legacy.
THE CHARACTERS PORTRAYED are taken right from the old "Neighborhood of Make Believe". That includes the starring title character, Daniel Tiger. In the previous incarnation, the characters were either live performing actors or some hand puppets. Included are messenger man Mr. McFeely, Lady Elaine, Chef Brockett, King Friday XIII (now with some sons) and some others.
INSTEAD OF THE previously employed medium of the puppet/live actor combo, the entire show is rendered in the modern, computer generated animation. The colors are bright, the lighting bright, the ambiance most cheerful and the artwork (both in backgrounds and character design) outstanding.
AS WITH ALL worthwhile series, there is plenty of socially redeeming content. The mixture of characters paves the way for the acceptance of others in the minds of the impressionable young.
ONE PARTICULAR ASPECT of the series that we must mention is the way that the outstanding talents of Fred Rogers as a communicator are not forgotten. In many scenes, a close-up of Daniel is employed when he is either imparting some very important info or when asking a question of the very youthful viewer. This latter is finely done, rendering this series to be an interactive program.
THIS LAST ELEMENT is the greatest legacy of MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD; as well as that of the entire Public Broadcasting System, itself.
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