Paddington, the 2014 family comedy film based on the popular children’s book series of the same name by Michael Bond, is currently streaming on Netflix. The movie, directed by Paul King, combines live-action and computer-generated imagery to bring the beloved bear to life. The film was a critical and commercial success, leading to the release of a sequel.
Paddington, part of Nicolas Cage’s favorite franchise, is now available to stream on Netflix.
The story follows a young bear from Peru who travels to London upon the request of his Aunt Lucy after an earthquake destroys their home. He is discovered at Paddington Station by the Brown family, who name him after the station. The Browns take him in temporarily, but they soon realize Paddington is searching for a permanent home.
As the Browns help the polite young bear search for the explorer who visited Peru years ago and might be able to provide him with a new home, they also encounter a villainous taxidermist, Millicent Clyde, who is determined to capture Paddington and add him to her collection. The film culminates in a thrilling sequence where the Browns work together to thwart Millicent’s plans and ensure his safety.
The film was a commercial success earning over $268 million at the global box office. Upon its release, Paddington also received positive critic reviews, with praise for its humor, heartwarming story, and impressive blend of live-action and CGI. Additionally, the movie’s themes of acceptance, kindness, and the importance of family resonated with children and adults.
The voice acting by Ben Whishaw as Paddington and the performances of the live-action cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Nicole Kidman as Millicent Clyde, was also hailed as exceptional. A sequel, Paddington 2, was released in 2017. In this installment, Paddington sets out to buy a rare pop-up book for his Aunt Lucy’s birthday,
When the book is stolen, Paddington is wrongfully accused of the theft and sent to prison. Along with the Brown family, the loveable bear seeks to clear his name and unravel the mystery of the missing book. Paddington 2 received even higher praise than the first film, becoming one of the best-reviewed films on Rotten Tomatoes, and currently holds a 99 percent approval rating.
It also performed well at the box office, grossing over $227 million worldwide. A third film, Paddington in Peru, is currently in the works from director Dougal Wilson, working from a script by Mark Burton, Jon Foster, and James Lamout. Principal photography began in July 2023 despite reports of a delay caused by the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
Paddington is a nearly perfect movie with a 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a box office haul of $268 million.
Ben Whishaw will reprise his role as the voice of Paddington, with Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Imelda Staunton returning to their live-action roles. Olivia Colman, Antonio Banderas, Rachel Zegler, and Emily Mortimer also joined the cast, with Mortimer replacing Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown.
Paddington Bear has charmed his way into the hearts of viewers and readers for over six decades. Created by Michael Bond in 1958, Paddington’s story began with the book A Bear Called Paddington. Little did the author know that this endearing bear from Peru, with a penchant for marmalade and a fondness for the city of London, would capture the imagination of the entire world.
The original novel series, consisting of over 20 books, continues to be cherished by children and adults alike. Several animated series and spinoffs have brought the beloved bear to life on television. Shows like The Adventures of Paddington Bear and Paddington have introduced his gentle humor and life lessons to new audiences.
A third film, Paddington in Peru, is currently in development but no release date has been announced.
Merchandising has also played a significant role in Paddington’s legacy. His image has adorned many consumer products, from plush toys and board games to clothing and accessories. His unmistakable blue coat and red hat symbolize comfort and nostalgia for fans of all ages, turning him into a cultural icon beyond the written word.
Paddington’s cultural impact even extends to the British monarchy. In 2018, a special book titled Paddington at St. Paul’s was published, commemorating the lovable bear’s presence at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. The book features his adventures leading up to a royal event at St. Paul’s Cathedral, highlighting his fictional interaction with Queen Elizabeth II.
The humor and relatability of Paddington’s escapades also have contributed to his enduring popularity, making him a cherished character for those who grew up with his stories and those discovering him for the first time. Fans of the beloved bear can catch up on his adventures in Paddington on Netflix.