Tom Hanks is Just Trolling Us Now

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  1. Creepy, creepy…Usually accomplished actors are very good at pretending… better known as lying (and so are many “professional” politicians.)
    Perhaps Mr. Rogers is a bridge too far..

    Galaxy Quest – We pretended, we lied

  2. What’s ‘creepy’? Fred Rogers, Fred Rogers’ enterprises, the film, the trailer for the film, or Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Fred Rogers?

  3. I never watched a single episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood….and we’re both from Pittsburgh.

  4. Watched the first video. Got through a minute on the second video and had to stop. So what? Never had a liking for Mr. Rogers’ TV show – boring. Don’t care one iota either way for Tom Hanks portrayal. As for Tom Hanks playing a black man – ludicrous. I wonder if only politicians and college professors are more ludicrous than actors and actresses. As for actors and actresses being professional liars, that’s their job.

  5. Before I had kids I thought Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was dull. I changed my mind when my youngest son 3 or 4. After lunch we’d watch Mr. Rogers. Learn how spoons or Crayola crayons were made. About half way though the show he’d not off for his afternoon nap. The Neighborhood was calmer and gentler than Sesame Street. Haven’t seen Sesame St. in ages, I imagine Big Bird has outed himself and some of the other characters are trannies or confused.
    Looking forward to reading the reviews of the movie as Mr. Rogers and The Neighborhood is easy to parody.

  6. Never had a liking for Mr. Rogers’ TV show – boring.

    I think the show was pitched to a fairly narrow age range (4 +/- 1 year). There were also purveyors of children’s television in that era who were more engaging and not so cloying. There was Bob Keeshan &c. on CBS (“Captain Kangaroo”), Bob Homme on PBS and in syndication (“The Friendly Giant”), and Fran Allison and Burr Tillstrom on CBS (“Children’s Television Film Festival”). None of these others seem to induce any sort of posthumous interest, perhaps because they were less didactic or perhaps because the hosts didn’t have the sort of oddities that made them of interest as people or perhaps because they did not incorporate an understanding of human relations which dovetailed so well with the zeitgeist. I found Rogers disconcerting. He was so unlike my own father and rather dissimilar to the men in my parents’ social circle as well. And, truth be told, I think what he was selling was r facile and rather a dead end.

    A brutal parody of Rogers was assembled into a radio comedy routine about a dozen years after he’d returned from his sojourn working in Toronto. We laughed and laughed. Perhaps it was adolescent cruelty on our part, but I tend to think it was because the comedian (was it Martin Mull? George Carlin? I forget) had captured something about the man that was just….off.

  7. As for Tom Hanks playing a black man – ludicrous.

    He wasn’t playing a black man LQC. He was playing a white red neck supporter of Trump who the blacks were surprised to learn had some opinions similar to their own. That was the humor of the video.

  8. His show was aimed at at most 6 year olds. OF COURSE it was freaking dull as dirt.

    Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the Next Generation version, is likewise near insane making…for adults.

    That doesn’t have any effect on how freaking creepy a copy-paste of someone elses’ face on his body is for someone who was of the appropriate age when it was on TV.

  9. IIRC Mr. Rogers and Barney the Purple Dinosaur were broadcast daytime programming. Much of the broadcast programming available in that time slot was not exactly child friendly. A lot of it was adults behaving badly.

  10. “There was Bob Keeshan &c. on CBS (“Captain Kangaroo”),”

    I remember that. Came on just before the bus came to pick me up in 3rd grade. I seem to remember some quirky humor in that show. Humor, I imagine, adults got more than the kids.

  11. That doesn’t have any effect on how freaking creepy a copy-paste of someone elses’ face on his body is for someone who was of the appropriate age when it was on TV.

    If you say so. I’m not seeing it.

  12. A lot of it was adults behaving badly.

    Not sure about that slot specifically. In my home town, it was on a UHF channel which (in that era) had poor reception. For UHF, you tuned the dial like it was a radio and the reception was impaired if someone in the house turned on the wrong appliance (In our house, my father’s infrequently used electric razor). I seem to recall the other programs on that time of day were reruns of The Flintstones; soap operas, e.g. The Edge of Night (an odd one of that genre since its subject was crime rather than adultery); and talk shows (e.g Mike Douglas).

  13. I too grew up on Captain Kangaroo. Never watched Mr. R but I did find him odd if not creepy. Later I read portrayals of him that made him out as a good man. (Canadian in origin.)

  14. Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was at a level and produced for young children not adults. What may seem creepy is seeing a grown man not just speaking as a child but in entertaining in a child like manner for his audience:children. He was extremely successful if the reactions from my then 5 children are any indication. He was just a gentle man whose mission was to teach children in his unique successful way.

  15. Later I read portrayals of him that made him out as a good man. (Canadian in origin.)

    Do you mean the portrayals or Rogers himself? Rogers was Pittsburgh born and bred, and made his home there for 60+ years. He lived and worked in Toronto from 1961-67.

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