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Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers by RustedRabbit Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers by RustedRabbit
That's right, March 20th is Mr. Roger's birthday. So I wanted to draw something this year to commemorate a wonderful, genuinely caring person. Why is he a pony? Cause I didn't have enough time to design a human caricature and the more you read about this guy the more it seems like he was born in super-happy ponyland.

Plus, drawing ponies is fun :) I assume Scootaloo is telling them a super-awesome story about Rainbow Dash and how epically amazing she is, while Sweetie Belle proves once again that she can't NOT be adorable.

Anyway, here on March 20th - first day of spring (not that you can tell in Canada) and the birthday of one Fred Rogers (and many, many more people - remember this; whoever you are, someone, somewhere, likes you just the way you are. Here's a good pick me up if you're ever feeling down;

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dayle14 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 11, 2015

here's my tribute 

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...


It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...


I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we're together we might as well say:

Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?
Won't you please,
Won't you please?
Please won't you be my neighbor?




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QueenDanny Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
He Was & will still remain one of my Idols. he was really good with words & knew how to speak. & a very awsome man. not very many people would turn down fame & fortune for Love & friendship.  Mr Rogers Passed away on the year my childhood ended & i became a teen. 2003.

He is one of the people I want to see when i go to heaven. hm & Anne Frank.
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MountainMan246 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Since this is something very beautiful to me, I give you this dose of nostalgia. Thank you for such a wonderful picture, neighbor. :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaF…
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pytko3 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
One the most wonderful human beings that ever lived.Waaaah! 
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SeventhSkull Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
I already thought this was amazing. Then I saw his cutie mark...

...Oh my childhood... Trolley.

Great. Now I can't stop smiling...

Well done. And thank you.
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:iconmountainman246:
MountainMan246 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
I know right? My freaking heart almost broke! He was such a loving man. :)
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fang980 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I'm not gonna cry in not gonna cry *voice breaks* I'm not gonna :cry: WHY WHYYYYYY WHYYYYYY !??!//!
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LooneyFace911 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
A very dedicating picture you made for him.
Good Picture
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AussieGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Him, Bob Ross, Carl Sagan, Julia Child... I'm only learning about these even-tempered and wholesome Americans now. *Sigh.*
A.G.
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EizentheAnimeniac Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
If there was any one person who would get ponyfied and not only not have a problem with that, but also encourage it to continue to spread his knowledge and love to others, I can't think of it being anyone other than Mr. Fred Rogers.  R.I.P Mr. Rogers, no matter how good or bad a day we had, you'd always be there to be our neighbor.
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TaionaFan369 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Cry 
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BohepansTheZeroth Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
If Fluttershy and Mr. Rogers teamed up on Discord, I think he would be 100% more reformed than he is now. (He's not nearly as bad as he used to be, though I still think he has his moments. So if Mr Rogers had gotten ahold of him too, Discord would have finished his 180, I'd say. heh.) Anyway, this is just...wonderful. I like this and shall take it to heart. I wish Mr. Rogers was still with us so that he could continue to be our neighbor...you are missed, sir.
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animegx43 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Mr Rogers as a pony. All arguments are invalid.
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zp92 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
He's probably rolling around in his grave right now after some brony horribly turning him into one of these...hideous creatures from a terrible fanbase show.

Talk about disrespect for your elders. You are a very bad neighbor
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bonnybanshey Featured By Owner May 28, 2014   Artist
Whoa not cool dude if you don't like MLP fine but don't be a dick
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SugarHoneyIceTea123 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
It's okay if you hate without reason.
Mr. Rogers still loves you.
Have a good day neighbor.
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RustedRabbit Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool story bro.
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RadicalEdward2 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Just went on a feel trip...
youtu.be/NQqKBqj5xhY
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MountainMan246 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
These feels...what am I supposed to do with them?
T_T
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DotLover1000 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Also, March 20th is the birthday of Sesame Street's :iconbigbirdplz:.
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KDN91 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
If anyone could give the Cutie Mark Crusaders advice and encouragement on getting their cutie marks, it's Mr. Rogers. :)
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dinoboygreen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*sigh* Nostalgia thy name is Rogers. I'm not saying he's been the big deciding factor in my childhood, but he certainly was a big role. And the best part? The main reason I liked him then and still like him now is because, well... There was no bullcrap with him. He was never condescending or had a character to portray for him. He was always direct and to the point and of course always with that gentle motif to him that he carries across the years. I'm not necessarily surprised he died as he was born in the early 1900s, but what no one can deny is his influence has showed a more optimistic look into the world even if it was a kids show. And while some may not want to admit that, nobody, f***ing nobody can fault him for that. I'm not gonna act like the show itself was a masterpiece but to get it out simply, there's a good reason he stayed on the air for nearly 50 years.
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Pi-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay
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blacklantern2814 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Sweetie Belle looks especially cute here. Oh, Mr. Rogers...the world is a darker place without you.
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RadicalEdward2 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
A dark world indeed...
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
...no.

No, it's not.

Mr. Rogers is gone in body, but in soul.

His spirit watches over us, and his legacy lives on.

His legacy lives on purplemagechan. On Lauren Faust. On Kosuke Fukujima. On every one who ever extended a hand in kindness, compassion, and friendship.
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FaethS Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013

When I first looked at this picture I though "Oh, this is cute. Looks like the Cutie Mark Crusaders made a new friend!  Who is it?"

 

Then I realized who it was...

 

... um, excuse me...

 

*lays down in corner*

*tries not to cry*

*cries a lot*

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:iconmountainman246:
MountainMan246 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
*hands over tissues* need a hand neighbor?
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FaethS Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
*sniffle* thank you ;_;
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HighRollerHydra Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
When I was little, I always found it fascinating that he wore a different color sweater every episode.
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moonsaber56 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
there were all knit by his wife.
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fredfrank Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Actually they were all knit by his mother.
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moonsaber56 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh..thank you.
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Grallus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Never watched the show when I was a kid and I can't help but tear up a bit when I see this. The world could use more people like Fred Rogers. God bless sir I'm only sorry the world is still plagued by hate.
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POLE7645 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I'd have to say that Fred Rogers is probably the only human candidate for the Element of Kindness.

Sadly, I didn't grew up with that show. I had PBS, but I didn't understood English at the time (I'm French-Canadian). I only discovered Mister Rogers a few years after his death and I can tell how much heart he put in his show. I now wish I knew about it as a kid.

I only managed to find a few clips on Youtube. Is there another way to watch this show? I don't think it has been released on DVD (just imagine how many DVDs it would take. That series is almost as old as Doctor Who).
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Khthonia Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'd pay good money for that.
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bonnybanshey Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   Artist
Man its a shame he died a few years before FiM he have been awesome as a guest on the show
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WILIZIN Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me, I think My childhood is creeping back and hitting me in the feels.
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:iconpilotsolaris:
PilotSolaris Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I miss you, Mister Rogers...
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Ghalaghor Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
i love this quote.
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crashman101 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He was one hell of a man, I wish him luck where ever he is now. 
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Foxtrack Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I cried when He died. it was such a sad day for me.
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MadnessAbe Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Mr. Rogers is pure Harmony.
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ZephyrFiction Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
If there was anyone in the world who could understand the MLP fanbase, it would have been Mr. Rogers.
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WildDogChild Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
This has to be one of the best MLP works I've ever seen.
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swandog Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely perfect. <3
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LordBrowning Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Very well done, except don't use white text on a grey background. Makes it difficult to read
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ChrisSawyerArt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
<3
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Camecam10 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
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ata64 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Mr. Rogers was my childhood. Loved that show and the kindness he gave.
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