Yes, we realize this is the first time you've seen the phrase "PBS' hot new autotuned video." But it won't be the last.
PBS has enlisted mash-up artist John D. Boswell to create "Garden of Your Mind," an autotuned — and surprisingly moving — video featuring the late Fred Rogers talking about the power of imagination. It's the first of many planned videos that will feature PBS icons, remixed.
"Do you ever imagine things?" speak-sings Rogers, who died in 2003, in the video released Thursday. "Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?"
Story continues after the (beautiful) video:
Images from more than three decades of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" accompany the music: a scary panda, a cat's eyes, the trolley. You may find yourself tearing up.
PBS Digital Studios reached out to Boswell, aka melodysheep, after discovering him on YouTube. He turned out to be a big fan of Rogers. (You can watch more of his videos — autotuned songs about science — here.)
The video is part of an effort to broaden PBS' appeal and celebrate the people who have appeared on it. It was released on PBS' Facebook page Thursday, and PBS has already been flooded with positive responses — and requests to release the song as an MP3.
"It's part of an effort to have people just in general learn more about what PBS is and can do," Kevin Dando, PBS' director of digital marketing an communications, told TheWrap.
Dando wouldn't say, just yet, which PBS icons will appear in future videos.
PBS is doing more and more online-only videos, including on YouTube.com/PBSIdeaChannel. One of the latest explores the phenomenon of Bronies, adult male fans of "My Little Pony."