A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kind 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.Written by
The underground station called "Westbourne Oak" was actually Maida Vale station on the Bakerloo line. There is no station with the name "Westbourne Oak". The name was made up using the names of two other stations, Westbourne Park and Royal Oak. Those two stations are the ones that come immediately after Paddington station on the Hammersmith and City line. See more »
when Jonathan pulls the switch and turns off the power, Millicent picks up the phone to call security....she would have needed the power on to use the phone. See more »
[Henry Brown is brushing his teeth with the toothbrush Paddington got his earwax on the day before]
Um, you're not using those ear brushes to clean your mouth are you, Mr Brown?
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The credits feature the assurance "No bears were harmed in the making of this film." See more »
I Got You (I Feel Good)
Performed by James Brown
Written by James Brown
Used by Kind Permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Courtesy of Polydor Records (United States)
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Entertaining for all audiences
Based on the works of author Michael Bond, "Paddington" tells the story of a talking bear (Ben Whishaw) from "darkest" Peru who stows away on a cargo ship to start a new life for himself in London. Once there, he becomes involved with a family named Brown (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin), who take him into their home on a temporary basis, and a villainous taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) intent on literally "stuffing" the bear for an exhibit in a natural history museum.
Written by Paul King and Hamish McColl and directed by King, "Paddington" is a seamless blend of live action and animation, cheery in tone and beautiful to look at, thanks to the highly stylized art direction and production design that adorn the film. The humor ranges from the brittle to the overly broad (Bonneville dressed as an old scrubwoman sounds a discordant note in an otherwise fairly sophisticated screenplay). The movie also includes some subtle little homages to "My Fair Lady," "Home Alone," "Mission Impossible" and, most notably, Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins."
Fast-paced, well acted, and with warmth and charm to spare, "Paddington" is a whimsical treat that should appeal almost as much to oldsters as it does to youngsters.
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