Thursday, November 10, 2011

'Mister Rogers and Me' and Creating Content That Is Deep and Simple

The lovely and talented Amy Kraft over at Media Macaroni alerted me to this film in a guest post: Beyond the Red Sweater, Mister Rogers and Me.

I eagerly anticipate its DVD release. (March 2012)

I think very seriously about the content I create for children. I always question the best way to release words and music and art into the world. I always think: these stories, these characters, are what inspire new stories, new characters. So I see it as a very important endeavor.

Fred Rogers dedicated his life to educating and inspiring young people (though he managed to inspire people of all ages.) And this quote from him, which inspired Benjamin Wagner, a real life neighbor of Mr. Rogers, to make the film, nearly took my breath away:

I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.

I'm going to think about this. I want to figure out how to always create content with that in mind.


  1. You are so right! Deep and simple. That's why I miss stuff like Sesame Street. The movie looks awesome!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  2. I love that- deep and simple. I grew up in Canada so I didn't see a lot of Mr. Rogers, but I knew who he was. We has our own version of him in Mr. Dress-up.

  3. not going to lie, I totally teared up watching that. I'm definitely going to seek it out...

  4. That was lovely! I didn't watch Mr. Rogers. I must have been just past the age group he catered to when I moved to the US.

  5. From what I've heard Mr. Rodgers was exactly like that in real life :) How refreshing!

  6. Ooh...I'm intrigued by this movie too. Your post makes me consider when we transition to complicated in the world of children. When will they be ready? Its gradual, but I see a desire for more complex (though not shallow) on the horizon.

  7. And you will, because it is a part of your persona. A great quote.