Paddington is someone I first came across when watching his television shows voiced by the late, great Michael Hordern in the late 70s and early 80s, and based on the books by Michael Bond.
The film follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist…
Directed and written by the screen by Paul King (Little Crackers, Come Fly With Me), it stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth as the voice of the bear.
Paddington is released in the UK on November 28th and the new trailer is below, and looks very well put together, but it’s still not one I’ll be rushing to see at the cinema:
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