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Paddington (Ben Whishaw) is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's (Imelda Staunton's) 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.Written by
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. In a fun bit of retro-fitting, that (FilmFair London) series could now be viewed as how Aunt Lucy imagined Paddington's adventures in London, with narrator Michael Horden re-counting the tales. See more »
It takes heat to activate a fire sprinkler not smoke like shown in the haircut scene in this movie. See more »
In the first part of the end credits, there is a scrapbook, featuring aunt Lucy and the other main characters' achievements shortly after the events in the film. See more »
The US release, by Warner Bros. Pictures, made slight changes at the beginning and ending: . The opening animated WBP logo is shown before the StudioCanal & Heyday Films logos. . "StudioCanal presents" has been retyped as "Warner Bros. Pictures and StudioCanal Presents" . The credit for Anton Capital Entertainment, S.A. Is added in-between the presenters & producer credits, making the opening title cue a little more approach. . At the ending of the closing credits, the MPAA logo (with approved #) is added next to the Dolby Atmos logo. . The closing still WBP logo is added after the StudioCanal still, inverted logo. See more »
To think I had second thoughts about even going to see this !
A perfect film in all ways suitable for all the family for children 8 months to 80 years and beyond .
A total delight . Cinema-photography was excellent, giving an interesting nostalgic feel set in modern times , at times you felt you were being transported back to your childhood in the 1950s - 1970s with many aspects such as steam trains and Victorian architecture and prisons - the Hugh Grant Phoenix Buchanan character was almost as if Terry Thomas had been reincarnated to play the role! Shots of Windsor gardens and the Shard juxtapositioned the tourist view of London old and new .
The theme of good versus evil reigned supreme throughout . Together with love conquers all and community spirit . Michael Bond the author sadly died in Paddington on the last day of filming never reaching the age of Aunt Sally but at 91 he lived a long life and left us with a masterpiece .
The cast was absolutely superb - the animation top notch - you'd forget that Paddington is a bear as did the characters at times - watch the credits right to the end for Hugh camping it up to the max .
Superb - you'll love it
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