The story follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British who 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 kindly 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...
StudioCanal has brought back original Paddington director Paul King to take the helm on the upcoming sequel, Paddington 2. Deadline reports that the studio and producer David Heyman had been courting the filmmaker to return for Paddington 2 after the original became a financial success. The director has also come aboard to help craft the story with writer Simon Farnaby, an actor-writer who actually played Barry in Paddington.
The report reveals that StudioCanal is hoping to turn this property into a long-running franchise, although no story details have been revealed at this time. The original Paddington was considered a big gamble for StudioCanal, since they fully financed the movie, budgeted at $55 million. The risk paid off, with the movie taking in $76.2 million domestically and $259.5 million worldwide, along with healthy ancillary revenues and merchandise tie-ins.Read More
Everyone's favorite marmalade-loving little bear is making a splash onto home screens as Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension release the critically acclaimed, heart-warming family film Paddington on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand this week. Paddington Bear was first introduced to children in Michael Bond's 1958 book, A Bear Called Paddington and the subsequent Paddington Bear series has sold over 35 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. For the first time, author Michael Bond has given his blessing for his beloved characters to be brought to the big screen, charming both critics and audience members alike. We have an exclusive look at the Blu-ray release with a new featurette that explores the effective use of silent comedy in this sure-to-be family classic.
From writer-director Paul King and producer David Heyman, the film features a stellar cast with Emmy nominee Hugh Bonneville, Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, Oscar nominee Julie Walters, Oscar winner Jim Broadbent , Peter Capaldi with Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined until he meets the kindly Brown family who take him home after reading the label around his neck. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of Millicent, a museum taxidermist.Read More
Paddington was budgeted at $55 million, making it Studiocanal's largest movie to date. The family movie has yet to open in two of the biggest international markets yet, with a release in China set for next month, and Japan's debut slated for 2016. It is also one of the best-reviewed movies of the year thus far, with a 98% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Paddington is expected to cross $250 million worldwide by the end of its run, a milestone Courson said is, "the level of a significant success for a family movie." Studiocanal's next family film, Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep opened this past weekend in the U.K., although a domestic release date has yet to be announced.
Although Studiocanal is best known for movies such as The Imitation Game, A Most Violent Year and the upcoming thriller The Gunman, the success of Paddington has lead to the studio planning at least "one or two" family movies per year in the future. As far as the Paddington sequel is concerned, it isn't known if cast members such as Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon or Ben Whishaw, who voices the title character, will be back for the follow-up.Read More
Paddington is an instant family classic, and will likely defy the expectations of those expecting another live-action CGI hybrid such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs or Yogi Bear. Director Paul King is able to take the story of a young Peruvian bear known worldwide, and turn it into a unique and charming experience unlike anything seen before. It truly is a special little film, and it will surely continue to find an audience well after it leaves theaters. Its the type of movie that is impossible to hate on any level.
The movie follows Paddington as he 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 kindly 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 played ethusiactially by Nicole Kidman.Read More