It has been almost sixty years since Michael Bond gave us the first story of Paddington Bear. The talking bear from Darkest Peru, who is sent to London by his great aunt to find a new home. Sitting at a train station with a label that reads, ‘Please take care of this bear. Thank you’. He is taken in by the Brown family who name him Paddington, after the station he’s found in. As part of the Brown family Paddington’s innocence and clumsiness send him on multiple adventures that make him part of the family, his community and placed him in the hearts of children for generations.
With multiple books and animation’s, it was not long before a feature length film would be made. Although met with initial cynicism about its CGI bear in a live-action setting, 2014’s Paddington was a success in every way. Transforming the heart and soul of the original stories to the big screen. Now, on November 10th, the adventures continue in Paddington 2 and we have a brand-new trailer to marvel at.
This time round Paddington, now happily living with the Brown family, tries to enter the work force. Seeing an antique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s shop that he wants for his Aunt Lucy, he picks up odd jobs around London to pay for it. While out on a family trip Paddington and the Browns meet former star Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), who takes an interest in this antique book. When the book is stolen, the young bear is framed for the crime and it’s up to Paddington, his family and friends to prove his innocence and catch the real thief.
The trailer sees the young bear back to wreaking havoc wherever he goes, but all in good fun. With a window cleaning accident, hanging onto a flying swan and even being thrown in jail, the trailer has it all. With the same spirt of adventure, play and mischief that made the original so loved, Paddington 2 is looking to be a brilliant follow up.
Once again starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. Joining the sequel are fresh faces Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson. The film also has the same behind the scene team as before with Paul King writing and directing. It looks as if King has again injected his own brand of humour and warmth into the film but excited viewers will have to wait until November to find out.
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Paddington 2 is out in November.
Read our review of the first look footage!