Even though Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood has been off the air since 2001, as the show celebrates its 50th birthday this year, it’s impact on children still seems relevant as ever. Now, to honor a half-century of profound influence, Google has given Mr. Rogers his very own Google Doodle. The homepage now plays a stop motion video of Fred Rogers walking around his Land of Make Believe singing the show’s theme song.
The doodle was made by Google in collaboration with the Fred Rogers Center, Fred Rogers Productions, and BixPix Entertainment. On top of the short animation, Google will also release a behind the scenes video about how the Doodle was made. Not to mention, there will be a Mr. Rogers exhibit on Google Arts & Culture.
If there was really only one person who could be honored with Google Doodle for the rest of time, Fred Rogers would easily be in the running. Everything about the man was relatively revolutionary and forward thinking. He didn’t treat kids like a blank slate for him to indoctrinate, he just treated them like small human beings capable of all the feelings that adults have every day. But that’s not to say he wasn’t guiding them to think the right things, but rather he used their autonomy and imagination to make simple points about humanity.
Google has come through with some pretty amazing Doodles in the past too, and each time they end up being a super palatable way to learn about something new. The Doodles can be about everything from the origins of Hip-hop to the 100th birthday of the Trans-Siberian Railway. In fact, if you are so inclined, you can check out Google Doodles dating back to 2011 on their YouTube page.