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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is an animated children's series that began airing on September 3, 2012, on the PBS Kids block of most PBS stations in the United States. The program is an animated Spin-Off of the beloved Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and features the little 5 year old son of the Daniel Tiger character first seen on that series, as well as some other familiar characters like Prince Tuesday. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood was created by several of the creators of Blues Clues and is a production of their production company, Out of the Blue Enterprises. The series is animated in CGI, but uses Adobe Flash for its song segments and also features interstitials and songs with real kids.Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is targeted at young audiences around the age of 2-4, rather than the wider target audience of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and carries a focus on social development and emotions. Each installment features Daniel either at home, at one of his friend's houses, or at school with his friends. The show was made with the direct involvement of the Fred Rogers Company and had been in development for six years after the company realized it could not survive without making a new show. Fred Rogers had considered grooming a replacement before his death, but could never find someone suitable, and the creators decided not to include any character intended to represent a form of Rogers in the series for this reason. Despite this, the program contains many nods to the original show. In 2013, the program won the Parents Choice Award.The program airs weekdays and is presented in widescreen HD where available.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood features examples of the following:
An Aesop: Often delivered in song. Curiously, all of the adults seem to know these songs. It's almost as if they're teaching them to one another. This is directly Lampshaded in "Something Special for Dad" when Mr. McFeeley sings one of the songs that Daniel's mom sung and then flashes a wink at her.
Art Shift: From CGI to Flash animation for the song numbers.
Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Averted, likely because it would feel dumb to have the Funny Animals barefoot, but the humans in shoes. inverted with the owl as he is wearing nothing but shoes. And, of course, if Daniel didn't wear shoes, then they wouldn't be able to reference Mister Rogers putting on his shoes by having Daniel do it in the show opening. Or having him take them off in the "It's You I Like" song.
Decided By One Vote: The outcomes of two episodes about voting. Since the kids vote, the result is 3-2.
Diurnal Nocturnal Animal: O the Owl and his family, Katerina the cat and her family (though there is apparently some debate about whether cats are nocturnal or crepuscular), Daniel Tiger and his family (tigers in areas without humans have been observed to hunt by day)
Edutainment Show: Focused on social issues and emotional understanding, with general learning thrown in as well.
Everything Talks: Daniel often slips into fantasy song numbers in which everything talks, even all of the objects in the bathroom, but this doesn't happen in his actual world.
Fake Interactivity: The opening on each episode has Daniel asking the viewers if they'd join him at the end of the teaser. Daniel will also sometimes ask questions of the viewers and wait for an answer.
Full-Name Basis: Daniel is often referred to fully as Daniel Tiger, rather than just Daniel.
Furry Reminder: The animal characters seem to fall somewhere between being Civilized Animals and Funny Animals, but sometimes display animal-like tendencies like making the noises that an animal of their species would normally make ("meow meow"), or displaying other animal behaviors.
Generation Xerox: Katerina Kittycat turned out a lot like her mother. Also, apart from being more outgoing, Daniel Jr. is his father in miniature.
Last Name Basis: Everyone with Miss Elaina, who is a human child in Daniel's class
Actually Elaina is her first name. Miss is her title. (her mother is a lady, after all)
Limited Wardrobe: Most of the characters always wear the same set of clothes; Daniel has three sets of pajamas, though it feels a bit odd if the show opens with them wearing pajamas, given that he was just shown putting his shirt and shoes in the show intro.
We even have an actual tiger in Daniel. The whole thing is pretty much Lamp Shaded in the story "Same and Different." Daniel feels he's different from his friends because he has a tail, at least until he realizes Katerina has one too. The human characters all end up together in a photo, with the animal characters characters lined up together also. And Miss Elaina points out quite candidly that her skin color is different from Prince Wednesday's, though Teacher Harriet notes it's the same as hers.
Market-Based Title: The Canadian CBC broadcast as well as the ABC broadcast in Australia are titled "Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood"
Mythology Gag: Ubiquitous. For starters, Daniel sleeps in a trolley bed, and has models of his classmates' homes.
Miss Elaina calls people "toots," which is very out-of-date-slang, but her mother was known to do this.
Nephewism: O the Owl's only visible family is his uncle X.
Nobody Poops: Averted. Since the target audience is very young children who might still need to learn the finer points of potty training, the show makes sure to tackle the issue directly. They even have a song about the matter:
If you have to go potty, stop! And go right away. / Flush and wash and be on your way!
One Steve Limit: With two Daniel Striped Tigers, things can get very confusing very quickly.
Which is probably why Daniel Sr. is usually referred to as 'Dad' by Daniel Jr. or 'Mr. Tiger'.
Series Continuity Error: A recent episode has Daniel Sr. getting a letter from his own father, Granpiere...but in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood it was established Granpere is NOT his father, there was an entire arc dedicated to the fact that Daniel was an orphan, he did not have a father growing up and was jealous of his friends for having one! Granpere isn't even his Grandfather cause there was another arc depicting how Daniel did not have a Grandfather either and wished for one. It was even the basis for an opera!
It was established in that original show that Daniel would marry Granpere's daughter (who is possibly meant to be Daniel Jr.'s mother), making him his father-in-law. He could just be referring to him as his father out of politeness.
Collette Was Granpere's grandaughter, not daughter.
Seems Mrs. Tiger has lost her French accent, if that's the case. Maybe it just faded out over the years.
Actually in an episode about Daniel Jr. sending his father a letter, he states that Grandpiere IS his Dad's father...which was proven to not be true in the original show.
Also, on this show, Prince Tuesday is a teenager while Daniel Sr. is a full-grown adult. But in the 1979-2001 run of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Daniel Striped Tiger and Prince Tuesday were the same age and went to school together. In the earlier 70's episodes, Daniel was older than Tuesday, but not by *that* much.
This trouper thinks Prince Tuesday IS an adult.
Well this is the Land of Make Believe. Maybe Daniel Sr. reached maturity earlier than his human friend? Also, Prince Tuesday could be around 20, still young enough to like to play, but old enough to look out for the younger kids.
Lady Elaine seems to be... much younger-looking, prettier and with a more feminine, far less gravely voice than she was before, along with a much lighter attitude.
Getting married and having a daughter may explain her lightened attitude, no idea on her appearance shy of retconning. Although a previous Mister Roger's episode did establish that she was destined to live to be 250 years old, so perhaps she manages that by finding ways to become young again every so often?
For that matter, what happened to her magic boomerang? She's never seen with it anymore!
And also King Friday XIII. On the original show he was pompus, self-centered, loved to give speeches so he could hear himself talk, and had that 'I am the king, what I say goes' attitude. In this version he's much more cheerful, the speeches are much shorter,he sounds more jolly, and in one episode he even danced out of a room while singing and doing 'jazz hands'! In the original show that would be beneath him!
Maybe being a father has mellowed him out; he does have a younger son now.
Not likely, seeing as how he was pompous, self-centered, and arrogant when Prince Tuesday was Prince Wednesday's age, remember?
Shout-Out: When cooking soup for Mom Tiger in "Mom Tiger is Sick," Mr. Daniel Tiger adds "Just a little Mrs. Salt and some Mr. Pepper." While it was Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper on Blue's Clues, it still seems very close, especially when consider that Angela C. Santomero has a story credit on the episode.
Slice of Life - Imagination sequences? Check. Mundane daily conflicts? Check. Characters going about their daily life? Check. Yep, one of them shows.
Three-Month-Old Newborn: Daniel's baby sister Margaret is introduced in the second season; she is essentially this, if not exaggerated. She is soon shown crawling, even doing a bit of walking, and wanting to play with her big brother.
Though to be fair we don't know how much time went by between episodes. It could be a few months in between each one, enough time for her to learn how to crawl.
Title Theme Tune: Set partially to the tune of the original Mister Rogers' Neighborhood theme song. "Would you be mine? Could you be mine?"
Verbal Tic: Most of the kids inherited them from their parents.
You Mean Xmas: Thank You Day is essentially Thanksgiving. Everyone gathers in the Enchanted Garden to thank each other for being helpful, and the neighborhood has a potluck dinner. Thank You cards are hung on a tree. Even Grandpere joins in.