I am unsure why there’s such a bloody kerfuffle over this newly released trailer for the upcoming movie featuring the beloved children’s book character, Paddington Bear. I mean, unofficial commentators literally have themselves in a tizzy, for example, comparing the footage above to a “travesty”. Maybe it’s because I never read a Paddington Bear book or obtained a Paddington Bear toy as a kid, or maybe it’s because I’m not from Britain, but all the hullabaloo is still quite borderline insane to me. While I do hope the filmmakers behind this project incorporate a certain sensibility in Paddington, what I saw presented in the trailer is properly adorable 🙂 . P.S. Colin Firth is no longer lending his voice to Paddington Bear in this movie. Said the film’s director, Paul King, about his exit: “I cannot thank [Firth] enough for his contribution to Paddington. We love the voice and we love the bear, but as our young bear came into being, we agreed that the two didn’t seem to fit. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways.” Of course, King reported a replacement will be announced in the coming weeks and promised whoever it is will ensure Paddington’s “big screen debut is magnificent”.
Release date: December 12, 2014
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (no longer voiced by Firth) who travels to the city 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 read the label around his neck that says “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.