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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Pets (#1499 Sometimes It's Very Hard to Wait)

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Often children wish for a pet for their birthday, just as Ana Platypus does in this episode. It's nighttime in Make-Believe, and tomorrow is Ana's birthday. She's wishing for a kitten, even if Lady Elaine has something much different in mind - a parade with a whale, apes, and Purple Panda. And Daniel Tiger is finding it hard to wait for his friend Ana's big day and to give her his special home-made gift. Mister Rogers is thinking a lot about pets too, as he takes a neighbor's dog on a walk through the neighborhood. Includes the songs "I Think It's Very Hard to Wait", "I'm Taking Care of You" and "Toy Truck". Regular Neighbors include Chuck Aber (Neighbor Aber), Betty Aberlin (Lady Aberlin), Don Brockett (Chef Brockett), Joe Negri (Handyman Negri), David Newell (Mr. McFeely), Audrey Roth (Miss Paulificatte), Elizabeth Seamans (Mrs. McFeely), Maggie Stewart (Mayor Maggie), Bob Trow (Bob Dog/ Robert Troll), Bill Barker (Dr. Bill and Elsie Jean Playtypus), Lenny Meledandri (Prince Tuesday) and Carole Muller Switala (Ana Platypus). The musicians were John Costa, Michael Moricz, Carl McVicker and Robert Rawsthorne.

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“The video and audio contained in this program were taken from the best analog source available from master tapes produced more than 40 years ago. Therefore, portions of this program may contain minor technical variations.”


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: The Fred Rogers Company
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 28 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DTS0DI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Please note that the other reviewers of this item entered reviews for a different epoisode of Mr. Rogers, and not episode #1481, which called is called "Competition". There is nothing about going to school on this DVD, and it does not come with a toy.

My three-year old son and I are both enormous fans of Mr. Rogers and own the first week of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood on DVD, as well as the Friendship/Love DVD and Circus Time DVD. All those DVDs are wonderful in that the single episodes hold together and don't leave a lot of unanswered questions (to be answered in a follow on episode).

I was hesitant to buy this DVD not only because it was a single 1/2 hour episode for ten dollars, but more because I was concerned it would not hold together conceptually because Mr. Rogers shows ran for half an hour a day for a full week to bring an idea or event to full fruition at the conclusion of a five-episode week. My fears were justified. About six (very interesting minutes) of this DVD is an overview of a crayon factory. The rest of the DVD is equal parts Mr. Rogers drawing with crayons at an easel, and time spent in the Neighborhood of Make Believe preparing for King Friday's art competition. Lady Elaine is certain she will win The Competition because she wants to. She goes so far as to say angrily "I HATE to lose, I hate it!" and "people like you when you win!" Miss Cow is uncertain how an art contest can even be judged, since art is subjective. Clearly the episode was setting the stage for teaching children about competition, losing, winning, and what art really is. And then just like that, the 30 minutes is over and none of those issues are explained or resolved.
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Mr. Rogers brings the purity and sincerity to a new generation. As in the newer children's programs of today where there is content that is objectionable for little eyes to see and little ears to hear, Mr. Rogers is an anchor for today's innocent children.I bought this for my three year old grandson and he loves the programs. This video is no exception and proves to be one that sends the message that each child is indeed very special and is accepted just as he/she is. It has all the elements of honesty and and is appealing with the sounds of the trolly, the puppets, and the gentle, loving voice and face of Mr. Rogers. The school bus toy is a great added bonus and a joy for my grandson to play with.
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This dvd is wonderful!!!!! It explains a school bus and what going to school is like. My girls love Mr Rogers and my oldest daughter is in 1st grade and now is asking to ride the school bus like Mr Rogers.
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I did not actually purchase this but watched it free on Amazon Prime.

But ... what an amazing program. What an amazing man. Fred Rogers wrote all of the music featured in the program. Fred wrote most of the scripts. Fred voiced and handled most of the puppets in the Land of Make Believe. Fred was primarily responsible for securing funding in the '60s for a new concept called PBS.

I don't know if Volume 2 is any more special than any of the other seasons or volumes, but it what pure joy it was to watch as an adult some of the same shows that I watched as a kid, and to learn just how enriching the content is from an adult perspective.
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Wonderful show. Great entertainment even 1/2 a century later. I grew up on Mr. Rogers and so did all my friends and I'm just so pleased that I can now share these episodes with my own children. All the 'children's' television programming today is complete trash and apart from completely banning my child from all TV related things....I can at least search out episodes like this that he can watch from time to time that he can enjoy without my needing to fear their content. They are educational and Mr. Rogers has such a calm and peaceful nature. Even now as an adult when I find myself upset with my child, I can summon (so to speak) the spirit of Mr. Rogers and respond to my child with a zen-like answer instead of loosing my cool. Each episode not only educates my child on a functional aspect of his surrounding world but also on an emotional/social concept. These cover a range of social/emotional topics such as divorce and friendship. They also display how crayons, stamps, etc are produced. I can't wait to purchase the remainder of the series.
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I loved Mr Rogers as a kid ( I'm 51) and now my 15 month old granddaughter LOVES him. She sits through most of the show which makes me so happy. They took him off Netflix and now he is on Amazon Prime, thank you, thank you Amazin Prime❤️👍
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Fred Rogers is just as relevant to the current generation of children as he was to previous generations. His lessons on life are timeless. I'm so grateful to Amazon for making Mister Rogers' Neighborhood available on DVD and through Amazon Instant Video. I agree with other reviewers that the DVD is a little pricy for what you get, but much more worthwhile if you purchase an entire volume through Amazon Instant Video. However, the best deal through Amazon Prime membership, which allows you to watch all of the volumes available, which equals over a hundred episodes. From my standpoint, that makes the membership worth the expense.

My children love Mister Rogers' Neighborhood more than any other children's show out there, and I just want to say, "Thanks, Amazon, for making Mister Rogers available to the next generation of children!"
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