A week after the release of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Jumpman256 had a few questions for me, so I thought you’d like to hear some of the scoop! BIG thanks to Lawrence Martin for sharing his Neighborhood photos with us on this post.
1. Is the musical lesson always going to be the same for both stories?
YES. The curriculum for both 11 minutes is the same which will promote mastery of our strategy & content across the half hour.
2. We got to hear 2 older residents of the Neighborhood of Make Believe..so far (Daniel Striped Tiger, I am sure, will be VERY prominent in the series—BTW, I LOVE what his job is. ) but will we hear any others? Lady Elaine, X, Henrietta? I mean, we SAW them, but will we HEAR them?
YES! Keep watching & you will get to know our adult neighbors very well. Lady Elaine runs the Neighborhood Factory (first exhibit is “How Crayons are Made”), lives in the Museum Go Round with her daughter & husband, Music Man Stan, who runs the Neighborhood Music Store. They have playdates at their house with the other kids & attend the Neighborhood gatherings so you will see, hear & get to know them. Uncle X the Owl lives next door to Henrietta in the Treehouse & you will see & hear them interact with their kids.
3. Will we see (besides [SPOILER!!!!!] Mr. McFeely) any human residents of the Neighborhood from the past? (If the answer’s yes on that one, you are triple awesome)
YES! Mr McFeely makes many “speedy deliveries” in the Neighborhood & even shows Daniel how the mail works in the Neighborhood & takes him to deliver some letters. We get to know him as one of our beloved friends & Neighbors. We’ve also added other human residents: Dr. Anna, Teacher Harriet & Baker Aker.
4. Why is Mr. McFeely not voiced by David Newell, the original guy?
David Newell is happy & well..if you listen carefully, you will hear that he voices the beginning/end of our show, talking about the great sponsors & “Viewers like you” message. He is not from Canada, unfortunately, & couldn’t voice the series. But he gave his blessing!
5. Finally…. Why the Sam Hill is King Friday still ruling? I mean, this takes place SEVERAL YEARS after the original show, right? King Friday was old back THEN—Tuesday should be king by now! I guess Friday still hasn’t learned to let go of anything, huh?
Actually, King Friday wasn’t that old in the original series. He & Queen Sarah gave birth to a “later in life” baby, Prince Wednesday who joins big brother, Prince Tuesday in the Royal Family. We felt that King Friday was such an iconic character that we couldn’t bear to let him go. In similar vein to Queen Elizabeth, we feel he can be around a VERY long time!
We love that he models a different kind of parent & that he brings the Neighborhood together for some special days like the upcoming “Neighborhood Votes” episode, “Neighbor Day” and a “Neighborhood Clean Up”.
Hope this helps! Thanks for your interest!
Hey, thanks again!
For most of the questions–I gotcha, and thanks!
However, I’m afraid you missed the vien of Question 3.
Thanks to watching ads, I knew Mr. McFeely was in the show already. My question is, what about people like Lady Aberlin, Handyman Negri, those guys? (Hey, if the answer’s no, don’t feel bad–ya can’t have everything in life. 😉
For everything else, though, thanks again!
PS: How old WAS Friday supposed to be, anyway, then? When I was a kid, I thought 60, at least! Now, I’m embarassed. 😉
I just want to say how much I enjoy watching both Daniel tigers neighborhood AND super why! With my 2 year old. You do a fabulous job teaching young children critical skills, with great music. I am a teacher, dyslexia therapist, and reading specialist. My daughter has learned her alphabet, counting, etc. and not from me! Your shows are to thank! Keep up the good work!!
I’m sure your 2 yr old learned soooo much more than your letting on here! Nonetheless, I appreciate your kind thoughts on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood & Super Why. We love hearing reviews such as yours..however modest they may be 🙂
Keep doing what you do Ashley. I’m sure you’re putting a lot of smiles on a lot of little faces too.
You brought me to tears Ashley. Thank you so very much for your kind words. Keep doing what YOU do!!!
I absolutely love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! He’s my 4 yr old daughters favorite! We sing “if u have to go potty stop and go right away”! It has really helped her a lot! Lol! I ask her all the time hat Daniel Tiger says about tasting new foods, or being afraid of the dark. As a single mother, it makes my job much easier! So thank u very much for that!
but I must say it really bothers me that Daniel says ugga mugga but there is no Lady Aberlin. I grew up in a violent household and Mr. Rogers and Lady Aberlin being so kind and stressing how special each person is made a huge impact on my life. I thought for sure her character, who was Daniels best friend would be a part of the new shows. Her kindness a concern for others feelings is really missed.
Stay tuned..you never know who might turn up. Thanks for your thoughtful & personal mssg Malissa. It truly means a lot to me.
Mr Rogers was a HUGE help to me as well.
Ugh typos.. sorry 🙂
Why do X and O wear Shoes?
I mean there Birds after all.
Ugga Mugga Angela Santomero
The coup didn’t fare too well with the most recent focus group 😉