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(2017)

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Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, passed away six months before the release of this film, at the age of 91. His last book about the titular character was released in April 2017. Books on Paddington have sold more than 35 million copies throughout his career.
After months of speculations, on October 2015 it was confirmed that Paul King would return to helm this second installment. By the time the sequel was announced, Paddington (2014) had become the highest grossing independent family film of all time, the highest grossing film in the UK among all 2014 releases, and the first family film in 10 years to be nominated for "Best British Film" at the Baftas.
Creator of the Paddington books, Michael Bond, was told of the official announcement of the second film on his 90th birthday.
The best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. As of April 11, 2018, the movie has 193 Fresh reviews and no naysayers, overtaking 163 Fresh and 0 negative critiques from previous record-holder Toy Story 2 (1999).
During one scene Paddington gets run through the cogs of a large clock. Once he gets out he turns to camera revealing a smudge similar to a toothbrush moustache. This is a clear nod to Charles Chaplin and his film Modern Times (1936).
One day after completing her demanding underwater scenes for The Shape of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins flew from Toronto, Canada to London, England in order to begin production on this film, only to find out she would have to shoot underwater scenes for this film as well.
Production began on the 60th anniversary of Paddington's origin, with a 2016 start date. Author Michael Bond began working on the character in 1956 and published his first book in 1958.
The animation in the book sequence when Paddington and Aunt Lucy travel around London is very similar to that of Paddington Bear (1976), in which all characters and backgrounds other than Paddington were paper cut-outs.
Plans for a third film in the series were announced in June 2016, several months before this film started filming.
During the big chase on top of the train, Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant) says, "Exit bear, pursued by an actor." This is an amusing reversal of one of Shakespeare's most famous stage directions: "Exit: Pursued by a Bear" from A Winter's Tale, which was the subject of Judy's literature lesson in a scene from the first Paddington (2014).
Paul King dropped out of directing Wonder (2017) in favor of making this film instead.
Director Paul King wrote the screen story of Paddington 2 (2017) with Simon Farnaby, who had a small role in the first Paddington (2014) as Geographers' Guild security guard Barry. In this film, Barry is now a security guard at St Paul's Cathedral.
The "pop-up-book" of London used in the film was created in reality for a limited edition collector's item containing six illustrated pop-up scenes that have been taken directly from the film.
Nicole Kidman had at one point expressed interest in being part of the sequel but does not reprise the role of Millicent Clyde.
Hugh Grant's favorite film of his own.
'Barkridges', the name of the department store on the hamper in which Mrs Brown hides to be delivered to Phoenix Buchanan's house, was originally mentioned in the very first Paddington book by Michael Bond (and a clear homage to Selfridges, where Michael Bond first got his idea for Paddington).
Sally Hawkins first got the news of plans for a sequel to Paddington (2014) through her brother Finbar, who forwarded her the internet link to producer David Heyman talking about it.
Paddington author Michael Bond died on the last day of filming Paddington 2 (2017). He actually died the day before but his death was announced on the final day of filming. There was one further day of pickups filmed in August.
Hugh Grant's favorite costume in the film was the nun outfit.
Dario Marianelli replaced Nick Urata as composer and decided to create his own score instead of reusing any of Urata's work. Marianelli's favorite scene to compose was the "London pop-up-book" scene.
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Javier Marzan, comedy performer, provided as stand-in and created the movements for Paddington Bear while filming.
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According to Ben Whishaw, production began in 2016.
Ian Hunt of UK Gallopers supplied the fairground horses + other props & some of the vintage fairground artwork for the movie. Ian Hunt also made the fairground horse seen in the first Paddington Bear movie.
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This will mark the first sequel for both Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville. It's also the first sequel for Julie Walters outside the 'Harry Potter' franchise, Ben Whishaw's first outside of the 'James Bond' series and Hugh Grant's first since Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).
Julie Walters based her eccentric performance on her make-up artist from the film, Graham Johnston.
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Paddington's first attempt and window-washing is highly reminiscent of Gerard Hoffnung's comedy monologue, 'The Bricklayer's Lament' (1958).
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Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters Jessica Hynes and Imelda Staunton all starred in the Harry Potter franchise.
Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant previously all three appeared in Cloud Atlas (2012).
The train that the Brown family uses to chase the other train with Paddington on it, is pulled by newly-built A1 Peppercorn steam locomotive 60163 'Tornado'.
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Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson had previously worked together during In the Heart of the Sea (2015).
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Both Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins were directed by Richard Ayoade in Submarine (2010).
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This film was released on Hugh Bonneville's 54th birthday
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Hugh Bonneville and Hugh Grant previously worked together on the film Notting Hill (1999).
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When faced with a sword wielding Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, who plays a Scot, tells him where she comes from they say you shouldn't bring a knife to a gunfight. This is a tongue in cheek reference to a scene in The Untouchables (1987) where Sean Connery (who plays an Irish-American Chicago cop but delivers all his lines in his natural Scottish accent) utters a similar line.
The scene where Paddington cuts the judge's hair very badly is an obvious reference to Mr. Bean: Hair by Mr. Bean of London (1995).
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