Mister Rogers inspired creativity in countless children through Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and now PBS is trying to foster outside-the-box thinking in a new generation of kids in the auto-tuned remix of Garden Of Your Mind that has become an instant YouTube hit.
The PBS Digital Studios YouTube account released the video, titled Mister Rogers Remixed Garden Of Your Mind, yesterday. The video, which can be seen below, has more than 703,000 views and nearly 22,000 likes as of Friday afternoon.
Fred McFeeley Rogers, who hosted the children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on PBS from 168 to 2001, died in 2003 of stomach cancer at age 74.
Rogers is the first PBS icon to get the auto-tune, remix treatment by PBS Digital Studios, with more to come, the public broadcasting company said in the video's description.
When we discovered video mash-up artist John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, on YouTube, we immediately wanted to work together, PBS Digital Studios said. Turns out that he is a huge Mister Rogers Neighborhood fan, and was thrilled at the chance to pay tribute to one of our heroes. Both PBS and the Fred Rogers Company hope you like John's celebration of Fred Rogers' message.
The video is a mash-up of several Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Episodes, with the main message being that children develop their sense of creativity and imagination.
Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind? an auto-tuned Mister Rogers asks. You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind. It's good to be curious about many things. You can think about things and make believe, all you have to do is think and they'll grow.
Included in the video is a clip of Mister Rogers received one of his speedy deliveries from Mr. McFeely, and the iconic PBS character begins to play a slide flute.
The video has gone viral and is a YouTube hit.
If you are a highly emotional person I do not recommend watching this at work, wrote YouTube user pghmatty. The comment received 11 likes.
Help me, I can't stop hitting replay! And I don't want to! Why must it be so wonderful, uplifting, inspiring, joyful, and nostalgic?!? exclaimed user theroadstopshere.
While Mister Rogers served as a role model to children for decades, he was never considered to be hip, with his trademark cardigan sweaters and tie. But the Garden Of Your Mind video is changing that perception.
This dude kicks harder rhymes than Drake and Weezy and he? even dresses better too, said one YouTube commenter, redferring to rappers Drake and Li'l Wayne. Awsome video!