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It’s a weekend of love, friendship, and collaboration with some help from a mild-mannered mega-star and an animated animal.

The Museum of the Moving Image will host Thanksgiving Fun Inspired by Mister Rogers from Friday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Each day will begin with a screening of “The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” at 11 a.m. This 49-minute cartoon, which was released in 2018, follows its namesake as he helps his new neighbors, Jodi Platypus and her family, adjust to their unfamiliar surroundings.

The friendly feline currently has his own animated television show, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” which airs on Channel THIRTEEN on weekday mornings. It’s basically a continuation of the long-running PBS series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In fact, the furry four-year-old is the son of Daniel Striped Tiger, a puppet on the first show. (Use your imagination.)

Movie-goers are encouraged to drop in on the Thanksgiving Recess Family Workshops, which will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all three days. With coloring and a 3-D paper trolley provided by WNET, they’ll be able to create animations and participate in activities inspired by Mister Rogers, Daniel Tiger, and their respective necks of the woods.

The program’s final segment involves the 2018 documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” which will show every afternoon at 1 p.m. Produced by Morgan Neville, who has won an Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy, the 93-minute film explores the life and times of Fred Rogers, the creator and host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” It provides an inside look at a religious, compassionate, cardigan-clad man who revolutionized children’s television, but also struggled with doubts and faults.

Admission to both movies is $15 for adults and $9 for youngsters (ages 3–17), but children (age 3 and under) can attend for free. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, a few blocks from the R/M subway station at Steinway Street and the N/W stop at 36th Avenue.

Fred Rogers was a fixture on various children’s television programs from 1953 until 2001. He was also an ordained Presbyterian minister, a multi-published author, chairman of the White House Conference on Youth’s Forum on Mass Media and Child Development, and chairman of the nonprofit that is currently called “The Fred Rogers Company.” Over the years, the Western Pennsylvania native garnered Emmy, Peabody, and Lifetime Achievement awards, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and about 40 honorary degrees from major universities.

Top photo: Fred Rogers Productions; gallery photos: Museum of the Moving Image


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