Every December brings it share of blockbusters and Oscar-contenders intended for adult moviegoers, in addition to a couple of films that the whole family can rally behind. This year, one such all-ages-approved release is Paddington, a movie featuring the eponymous character – the tiny, but polite and well-mannered anthropomorphized bear – imagined by Michael Bond in the late 1950s and subsequently featured in more than twenty different books by the English author.
A Paddington TV series debuted on the BBC in the 1970s, using a combination of stop-motion and 2D animation to bring Bond’s written world to life on the small screen; additional TV specials released over the following years, generally produced using solely traditional-animation techniques. However, the upcoming film is (no surprise) a live-action/CGI hybrid, while the first teaser provides a glimpse at the simple, yet pleasant setting – not to mention, a very brief look at the headlining bear (voiced by Oscar-winner Colin Firth).
Paddington isn’t so well known in the U.S. as he is across the pond, which helps explain why both the first trailer and poster (see below) emphasize that Harry Potter franchise producer David Heyman worked on the film, as a major selling point. Then again, for anyone who’s up to speed on their respected English character actors, the cast – which includes Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!), and Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas) – should be an easy selling point as well, regardless of how familiar (or not familiar) you are with the Paddington character.
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Plot-wise, Paddington is based on an original screen story by Paul King (Bunny and the Bull) – who also directed – that follows the movie’s furry protagonist as he travels from Peru to London, in search of a place to call home – which he believe he may’ve found in the gentle Brown family – but landing in lots of trouble along the way, which includes crossing paths with a museum taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) whose interest in Paddington proves most unwanted.
Truth be told, Paddington will probably have trouble standing out at the U.S. box office, especially with the Will Smith-backed Annie musical movie and Night at the Museum 3 scheduled to arrive shortly thereafter – potentially filling the niche for December family entertainment, at the same time. Still, King’s adaptation sounds like it should make for a perfectly nice and pleasant trip to the cinema, so hopefully moviegoers here in the States will, indeed, be willing to look after this bear.
… If they’re not, well, there’s still the rest of the world.
Paddington opens in U.S. theaters on December 12th, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies