Vancouver Sun

Mister Rogers puppets revived


A new PBS kids show is bringing back characters from Mister Rogers' Neighborho­od. Donkey Hodie, a collaborat­ion between Fred Rogers Production­s and Spiffy Pictures, follows the original puppet's namesake granddaugh­ter in the land of Someplace Else. Each half-hour episode features two 11-minute stories. “We started to discover these really obscure characters that not a lot of people knew about: Purple Panda, Bob Dog and Harriet Elizabeth Cow, and a lot of other characters that weren't in the main tier of Mister Rogers' Neighborho­od,” Spiffy Pictures head David Rudman told Variety. “They weren't King Friday or Daniel Tiger. They were ones that appeared every once in a while. And something about these characters spoke to us.”

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