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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.
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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.
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The best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. As of the 3th of August 2018, the movie has 199 Fresh reviews and no naysayers, overtaking 163 Fresh and 0 negative critiques from previous record-holder Toy Story 2 (1999).
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Creator of the Paddington books, Michael Bond, was told of the official announcement of the second film on his 90th birthday.
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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.
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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 mustache. This is a nod to Modern Times (1936).
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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.
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Hugh Grant's favorite film of his own.
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Plans for a third film in the series were announced in June 2016, several months before this film started filming.
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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.
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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.
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Nicole Kidman had at one point expressed interest in being part of the sequel but does not reprise the role of Millicent Clyde.
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Paul King dropped out of directing Wonder (2017) in favor of making this film instead.
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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.
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Hugh Grant's favorite costume in the film was the nun outfit.
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'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).
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While Knuckles is reading the paper, one of the headlines reads "Dry cleaner accused of money laundering. A deal is being ironed out."
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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.
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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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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.
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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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The sequence in the barber shop is based on the original Paddington story "Too Much Off the Top."
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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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Paddington's first attempt at window-washing is highly reminiscent of Gerard Hoffnung's comedy monologue, 'The Bricklayer's Lament' (1958).
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When Sir Henry Willcott says "I couldn't possibly comment" when the Paddington's prisoner friends are looking at Mrs Brown's sketches of suspects it is a direct tribute to Francis Urquhart's trademark phrase in the original television series House of Cards (1990).
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Julie Walters based her eccentric performance on her make-up artist from the film, Graham Johnston.
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According to Ben Whishaw, production began in 2016.
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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).
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A rare occurrence in that this movie has more stars than the previous iteration. Paddington 2 (2018) 7.9 stars. Paddington (2014) 7.2 stars.
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Hugh Bonneville and Hugh Grant previously worked together on the film Notting Hill (1999).
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In the scene where Paddington is making marmalade, the inside of Nuckles newspaper has a funny story about "Spider Murphy." The entire article contains references to the Elvis Presley song "Jailhouse Rock" as if the song occurred in a real prison.
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This film was released on Hugh Bonneville's 54th birthday
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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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Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters Jessica Hynes and Imelda Staunton all starred in the Harry Potter franchise.
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Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant previously all three appeared in Cloud Atlas (2012).
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Both Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins were directed by Richard Ayoade in Submarine (2010).
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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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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

During the big chase on top of the train, Phoenix Buchanan 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).
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When faced with a sword wielding Phoenix, 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.
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You might this think that the only crime Pheonix Buchanan did was stealing, but no. He actually committed 4 more crimes. First, he broke into the shop, then he lied in a court case about how he didn't see a man with long white hair which got Paddington in trouble when he was really innocent. Next, he snuck into a restricted area at a London landmark and broke a special monument. Lastly, near the end of the movie, he threatened to kill Mr. Brown, Mrs. Bird, and Judy with a sword.
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Final scene is a tribute to the end of Mel Brooks' The Producers (either version), which also features a theater production in prison.
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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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