I kind of hate auto-tune. Let's just get this out of the way now. There isn't much that could get me to change my mind about this. Not much, that is, except the magic of Mister Rogers.
Thanks to PBS, we now know what the late Fred Rogers would sound like in the world of auto-tuned Internet memes. The result is actually kind of incredible.
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The new Mister Rogers video was created by John D. Boswell (melodysheep
if you're looking for him on YouTube), the man responsible for the Symphony of Science and Remixes for the Soul series. We may never know why PBS sought out the man to remix Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
for the Internet age. But I, for one, am very, very happy that the network did so.
Check it out below. And remember, it's OK to have feelings about this.
So many things are wonderful about this video -- not just the fact that even auto-tune is sweet and beautiful when it meets Mister Rogers.
- The cardigan! The shoes! (Hey, I grew up on this guy. These are pleasant flashbacks.)
- My mother had a cassette player like that in the mid-'80s.
- The Land of Make-Believe!
- When I was a kid, I had a threadbare hand puppet just like Daniel Striped Tiger. It always made me happy to see it on TV.
- I always liked those tacky curtains in Mister Rogers' house. Not that I'd want them in real life, of course.
- Before this video, I had totally forgotten about the existence of Mr. McFeely.
- Slide whistles are fun!
- Have paper chains ever been fun for anyone or is that just something that parents give to kids so they'll stop whining about being bored?
Want some more nostalgia? Here's the (not auto-tuned) Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
theme song just for fun!
Did you enjoy this auto-tuned version of Mister Rogers? Should other childhood memories receive the same treatment (I'm thinking Sesame Street
myself)? Leave your comments below!(Image and videos courtesy of PBS)