Mr. Rogers remix video goes viral, gets great reviews

Mr. Rogers remix video goes viral, gets great reviews

San Francisco : CA : USA | Jun 09, 2012 at 6:01 AM PDT
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Late Mr. Rogers is back with an exciting rerun for all those who used to watch his videos in their childhood days and also the ones who might not have heard him. This week, PBS Digital Studios released a "designed-to-go-viral" video that presents entertaining remixes of old clips of Mr. Rogers into a new, auto-tuned song called "Garden in Your Mind" and soon, this song became one of the most viral videos online.

Mr. Rogers created and starred in "Neighborhood", a famous American children's television series that ran from Feb. 1968 to Aug. 2001. The series was aimed primarily at preschool kids aged 2 to 5, but had been stated by PBS as "appropriate for all ages". The song "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" was written by Fred Rogers in 1967 and used as the opening theme for each episode of the show.

The viral remix video is created by John D. Boswell and went live on Thursday at 9 a.m. EDT. It had gotten more than 700,000 views on YouTube as of Friday morning. It was on the top of YouTube's trending video list and was also on the front page of Reddit. It was also recognized by Kevin Dando, who handles social media for PBS. He said, "The past 24 hours have been completely amazing and gratifying. And the video has just been completely embraced by social media."

A few celebrities have also liked and shared it online. Neil Patrick Harris, Alyssa Milano and Twitter celebrity Guy Kawasaki have also talked about Mr. Rogers' video. The hype reached another level altogether when the video was also featured on "Good Morning America" and "The Today Show."

"Garden In Your Mind" is the first video on the PBS Digital Studios channel on YouTube, but it won't be the last and owing to the success of the first one, the creator will definitely be encouraged to post similar content in future. According to LA Times, Dando confirmed for the fans, "There will be more, and there will be other kinds of videos.” However, he didn’t reveal much about what can be expected in future. On popular demand, PBS is working on making "Garden in Your Mind" available on MP3.

If you still haven’t seen the video, you shouldn't wait any longer.

harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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