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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection [1979] (4 discs)

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Writer:Fred Rogers
Composer:Johnny Costa
Length:870 minutes
(14 hours 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-Y7
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:8.6/10
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: This set includes classic episodes about getting along with others, dealing with different feelings, and caring for your family. Plus enjoy visits from incredible guests, such as the music group STOMP, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Olympian Suzie McConnell.


Reaction: A great collection of stories and imagination. Above all, Mister Rogers shows how easy it is to show love to everyone around you.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Guest Cast
Betty Seamans => Mrs. McFeely (1604: Fun and Games)
Caroll Spinney => Big Bird (voice) (1483: Competition)
David L. Nohling => Purple Panda (1563: Celebrations)
Fred Michael => Prince Tuesday (voice) (1465: Mr. Rogers Goes to School)
Itzhak Perlman => Self (1670: Then and Now)
Jim Beard => Beaver O'Day (1530: Work)
Johnny Costa => Self (1530: Work)
Maggie Stewart => Mayor Maggie (1530: Work)
Zelda Pulliam => Ellen Paterson (1530: Work)
Liz Rossi => Little Panda (1755: Curiosity)
Matt Meko => Purple Panda (1755: Curiosity)
Tony Chiroldes => H.M. Hulamouse (1755: Curiosity)
Mary Rawson => Cousin Mary Owl (1554: Families)
Michael Horton [II] => Betty Okanak Templeton (voice) (1542: No and Yes)
Ming-Na Wen => Royal Trumpeter #3 (1549: Music)
Peggy Fleming => Self (1494: Discipline)
Stephen Lee => Cousin Steve (1677: Going Away and Coming Back)
Yo-Yo Ma => Self (1547: Music)
Select Cast and Crew
Bob Muens => Director
Bob Walsh => Director
Hugh Martin => Director
Paul Lally => Director
Fred Rogers => Writer / Writer / Mr. Rogers / King Friday XIII / Daniel Striped Tiger / Lady Elaine Fairchilde / Queen Sara Saturday
Johnny Costa => Composer
Audrey Roth => Audrey Cleans Everything
Betty Aberlin => Lady Aberlin
Bill Barker => Dr. Bill Platypus / Elsie Jean Platypus (as W. P. Barker) (voice)
Carole Switala => Ana Platypus (as Carole Muller) (voice)
Charles Altman => Prince Tuesday (voice)
Chuck Aber => Charles R. Aber
David Newell => Mr. McFeely
Don Brockett => Chef Brockett
Joe Negri => Handyman Negri
Lenny Meledandri => Prince Tuesday (voice)
Robert Trow => Harriett Elizabeth Cow (as Bob Trow) (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 1689: Everybody's Special -> At the end of the time in Make-Believe, Prince Tuesday and Neighbor Aber play hide-and-seek. While Tuesday hides, Neighbor Aber counts in an unusual way: "12-15-22-5." Translating these numbers into letters (1=A, 2=B, etc.), these numbers spell out L-O-V-E.
  • 1695: Mad Feelings -> As Lady Aberlin dances outside Grandpere's upside-down Tower, a sharp eye might catch something out of the ordinary on her left forearm. According to Betty Aberlin: "It's not a tattoo. It looks like a stain or paint/ink, a bruise, or maybe I gave blood and they couldn't find the vein?"
  • 1670: Then and Now -> The picture of young Miss Paulifficate shows King Friday and Queen Sara on either side of her. In actuality, she was well grown up before the king and queen even met or got married. This was probably done to eliminate confusion in children of the modern era watching the show who would have no recollection or knowledge of the royal wedding from the second season.
  • 1664: Love -> The Neighborhood of Make-Believe storyline is identical to that found Episode 1309.
  • 1619: Environment -> Michael Horton [II] was unavailable for this week of shows, save for his short voiceover as Betty Okanak Templeton-Jones in Episode 1618, so Tom Megalis was brought in to perform Old Goat.
  • 1578: Making Mistakes -> This is the first time Mr. Rogers is absent as he leaves to go to a meeting Chuck Aber takes over the episode until Rogers returns later in the episode.
  • 1520: Day Care and Night Care -> The footage of graham crackers being made was filmed at the Philadelphia Bakery of Nabisco Brands, Inc.
  • 1483: Competition -> The flashback of [?] Andrew Wyeth's visit is archive footage from Show #1217 from 1972.
  • 1483: Competition -> Caroll Spinney agreed to appear in the episode as Big Bird after some dialogue with Fred Rogers; when Spinney originally received the script for the show he saw it required him to remove the costume and discuss the inner-workings of the Big Bird puppet. Spinney protested, as he didn't believe in ruining the illusion of Big Bird for the children. Rogers agreed, but only under the stipulation that Big Bird's appearance was restricted to the fantasy segments of the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe," as he didn't believe in perpetuating the deceitful blur of real and pretend to children that occurred when presenting the character as real in the "real world."
  • 1483: Competition -> Big Bird reveals that he is a golden condor.
  • 1755: Curiosity -> This is Purple Panda's last appearance on the show.