Daniel Striped Tiger

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Daniel Striped Tiger is a shy and meek resident of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. He lives in the clock located near the Platypus Mound on the west side[1] of the Neighborhood opposite the castle.

In his earliest days on the Children's Corner, Daniel was the president of the Tame Tiger Torganization, loved hamburger, and often hosted parties at his clock for seventeen of his closest tiger friends.

Daniel is very soft-spoken, is easily frightened, and tends to be quite a worrywart. He often finds comfort in playing with his truck -- his favorite toy -- and talking with his friend Lady Aberlin. She and Daniel show their affection for one another by rubbing their noses together and saying "ugga mugga." Once worried that he was a mistake, Daniel was reassured of his worth by Lady Aberlin.[2] Daniel is colorblind[3] and also somewhat naive. Bob Dog once convinced him that a plant could grow cans of soup.[4]

Although Daniel does not have a grandfather[5], he does have many friends throughout the Neighborhood of Make-Believe including his imaginary friend, Malcolm Apricot Dinko, and his schoolmates at Someplace Else -- Prince Tuesday and Ana Platypus.

Daniel shares his birthday with Purple Panda[6] who did not have a birthday of his own. He served as the ring bearer in the wedding of Betty Okonak Templeton and James Michael Jones[7], is a founding member of the Neighborhood's Reindeer-Tiger sports team[8], and is known to attend the occasional clock-lover's meeting.[9] Daniel was even able to communicate with Yo-Yo LaBelle -- the visitor from the stars -- when no one else was able to.[10]

Looking into Margaret Witch's crystal ball, it was revealed that Daniel Striped Tiger would one day marry Grandpere's granddaughter, Collette.[11]


Daniel's Name and Background

Daniel Striped Tiger is named after the first general manager of WQED in Pittsburgh -- Dorothy Daniel. In his interview for the Archive of American Television, Fred Rogers describes how Daniel Striped Tiger first came to be:

Before [The Children's Corner] went on the air on April 5 [1954]...Mrs. Daniel gave us a party -- all the people who were going to be on the air -- and she gave favors at the party. My favor was a little tiger puppet and I said to Josie [Carey], "Why don't we just make a slit in the set and I can poke this puppet through. Let's call it Daniel. We'll just use it once." The art department had painted this fanciful set and there happened to be a clock on it. So I just put the little slit in the clock and poked Daniel [through] and said, "Hello, Josie, it's 5:03 and Columbus discovered America in 1492." The people liked him so much...and that's how the puppetry began. We never expected to use puppets on the program.

Furthermore, the story behind Daniel's wristwatch is documented in the first issue of Around the Neighborhood from 1973:

The Daniel puppet seems to have a great fan following among the children who watch the program. When Daniel offered membership in his Tame Tiger Torganization (T.T.T.) on The Children's Corner, he was soon receiving 750 letters a day. Not long ago a very thoughtful present came for Daniel from a child who watched him often. The child explained in a letter that he had noticed Daniel's clock had no hands, so he was sending Daniel the most useful present he could think of -- a wristwatch.


Operas and Plays

Daniel Striped Tiger's experience with the Neighborhood operas and plays includes the following parts:

In the credits at the end of Episode 1608 and Episode 1609, Daniel S. Tiger is credited as a cast member of Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe.


Puppet Demonstration

Mister Rogers demonstrates the Daniel Striped Tiger puppet in Episode 1384, Episode 1530, and the Musical Stories VHS release.


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The original Daniel Striped Tiger on The Children's Corner
Early MRN Daniel Striped Tiger
[Episode 0004]
Mister Rogers demonstrating the puppet [Episode 1384]
At the clock
[Episode 1462]
With Lady Aberlin
[Episode 1532]
Playing with his favorite toy
[Episode 1751]
Future Daniel with his wife Collette [Episode 1460]
Playing himself in A Granddad for Daniel [Episode 1535]
Playing Tiny Star in A Star For Kitty [Episode 1565]
Playing a Sunflower in Josephine [Episode 1608]
Illustrated in Planet Purple
Illustrated in the Trolley Shape Book
Illustrated on the jacket of the King Friday XIII Celebrates LP
Illustrated in Tomorrow on the Children's Corner (Songbook)

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Puppet / Costume Variations

The original Children's Corner version of Daniel Striped Tiger puppet had dark horizontal stripes while the version used for the duration of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood had much lighter, less noticeable stripes.

0035 Wears archaeologist's hat
0055 Dresses as Baby Bear
0118 Wears Native American headdress
0120 Wears rain gear
1032, 1035 Wears wild tiger mask
1054, 1055 Dresses as a teddy bear
1169 Dresses as Daniel Duck
1272 Wears a night shirt
1460 Seen as an adult
1515 Wears winter clothes
1528 Wears a hard hat
1529 Dresses up as George Washington
1530 Wears swim goggles
1535 In costume for A Grandad For Daniel
1545 Wears a suit and tie
1555 Wears bathrobe and shower cap
1563 Wears pajamas
1565 Dresses as Tiny Star
1601 Tries on a hat
1604, 1605 Wears Reindeer-Tiger team uniform
1608, 1609 Dresses up as Sunflower
1623, 1624, 1625 Dresses up as a wolf
1636 Wears a raccoon mask
1640 Dresses up as a baby raccoon
1672 Wears a three-cornered hat
1701, 1715, 1742 Wears pajamas
1706, 1707, 1709 Wears raincoat and hat
1736, 1738, 1740 Dresses up in outerspace costume
1742 Wears a raincoat

Notes

  • Daniel shares his first ugga-mugga with Lady Aberlin in Episode 0036.
  • It is often considered that Daniel's birthday is in April -- coinciding with the premiere of the Children's Corner. According to Our Small World, Daniel's birthday is actually July 9.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

In Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Daniel Striped Tiger has grown up and married Mom Tiger. Together they live on Jungle Beach and have a son named Daniel Tiger.


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References

  1. Episode 1044. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  2. Episode 1576. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  3. Episode 0101. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  4. Episode 1539. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  5. Episode 1532. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  6. Episode 1293. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  7. Episode 1545. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  8. Episode 1601. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  9. Episode 1089. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  10. Episode 1590. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  11. Episode 1460. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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