Mr. Rogers invited us all into his neighborhood—and we’re all just that much better for it. Fred Rogers would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday and it was the perfect occasion for filmmakers to release the first full-length trailer for the Mr. Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?—and we are instantly reminded just how special Mr. Rogers really was.

The documentary, directed by Oscar-winner Morgan Neville, celebrates Rogers’ life and work and includes never-before-seen archival footage and clips. Not only does this documentary give us all a glimpse into Rogers’ career, it also takes a look at how his children’s show handled issues that weren’t seen as “child-friendly” at the time, such as divorce, death and civil rights.

But this isn’t the only soon-to-be in theaters film about the beloved TV personality: Tom Hanks will play Fred Rogers in You Are My Friend, a cinematic chronicle of Rogers’s friendship with Esquire reporter Tom Junod. After Junod interviewed Rogers for a 1998 Esquire profile, the reporter underwent a major personal transformation. Instead of being a biopic, this film is reportedly more about how Rogers changed Junod’s life, director Marielle Heller told Entertainment Weekly.

You Are My Friend won’t begin filming until this fall, but you can get your Mr. Rogers fix on Jun. 8 when Won’t You Be My Neighbor comes to theaters. Watch the full, first-look trailer below (and have a tissue handy):

We’re not crying, you’re crying.

How did Mr. Rogers change your life? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: mrrogersmovie via Instagram


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