Robot-voiced Mister Rogers Goes Viral

Viral video remixes Mister Rogers for the auto-tune generation.


Going on a trip with Mister Rogers just took on a whole new meaning. An auto-tuned mashup of the children's television icon has gone viral, driven no doubt by the nostalgia of an auto-tune generation that grew up as the late Fred Rogers' neighbor.

The remix, called "Garden of Your Mind," is a combined effort of PBS Digital Studios and mash-up artist John Boswell, aka melodysheep. Boswell is a huge Mister Rogers Neighborhood fan, and an obvious choice for the first installment of a series of PBS icons remixed, according to PBS Digital Studios.

"When we discovered video mash-up artist John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, on YouTube, we immediately wanted to work together," the YouTube description reads. "(Boswell) was thrilled at the chance to pay tribute to one of our heroes."

The song begins with a clip of Rogers pushing play on old tape recorder, which kicks off a trippy, auto-tuned journey, synced perfectly with clips from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, that asks questions such as "Do you ever imagine things?" and "Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?"

One can only hope a Sesame Street dubstep remix is the next in the series.

At publication time the video had been viewed nearly 700,000 times since its posting Thursday.

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