Unlike the sugar-rush pace of cartoons and children's programming today, Mister Rogers was calm, collected, mellow, and thought provoking. The goal of his program was to give an expression of care every day to each child to help him realize that he is unique. He said to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in 1969, “If we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable we will have done a great service for mental health.”
2018’s documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and the 2019’s feature film “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks shows his lasting influence. RetroCards now offers a unique set showing the highlights of his show including the main cast and characters:
The 20-card set includes: Mister Rogers, Mr. McFeely, Lady Aberlain, Handyman Negri, Chef Brockett, Officer Cleamons, Bob Troll, plus the Land of Make Believe characters X The Owl, Henrietta Pussycat, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, and of course, the Trolly. Guest appearances by Big Bird from Sesame Street and Captain Kangaroo are also featured.