Google is celebrating Fred Rogers on the 51st anniversary of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”.
The adorable stop-motion Google Doodle honours the children’s-television host with his classic theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, ending with a sweet message of self-acceptance.
“You help to make each day a special day by just being yourself,” the stop-motion, sweater-clad Rogers says at the end of his song. “There’s nobody else in the whole world who’s exactly like you, and people can like you exactly as you are.”
In the Doodle, the stop-motion Rogers hops aboard Trolley, winding through his neighbourhood and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe with special appearances by King Friday XIII and Daniel Tiger.
“I’m so thrilled that Google is celebrating Fred and ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ with this charming tribute,” Rogers’ wife Joanne said in a statement to Google. “This stroll through the Neighborhood is delightful, and Fred’s gentle kindness is beautifully captured in the Doodle.”
The very first episode of the long-running children’s show was filmed on September 21, 1967, though it didn’t air until February 19, 1968.
Watch the Doodle above and get a behind-the-scenes look at the video below.