‘Paddington’ Trailer: Colin Firth is a Polite But Clumsy Bear

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“Please look after this bear. Thank you,” reads the card attached to the neck of the tiny bear Paddington, who makes quite the far journey from Peru all the way to London. The character – created more than 50 years ago by Michael Bond – is getting his own live-action/CGI movie in 2014, with Oscar-winner Colin Firth providing his voice – and, if we’re going off the newly-released trailer (see above), Firth will spend most of the film making grunts and other sounds of discomfort.

Paddington’s misadventures are just beginning, though, and will soon involve things that are even more dangerous than overflowing toilets and escalators – such as a taxidermist (played by Nicole Kidman), who believes that the small bear would make an excellent addition to her museum… after a few ghastly alterations, that is.

Fear not, though, as the theatrical previews released for Paddington thus far suggest the film will be more invested in putting the eponymous bear in a variety of comically-awkward situations, as opposed to constantly running about to avoid a premature death by taxidermy. Writer/director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh, Bunny and the Bull) and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter) are presumably aiming to attract a family audience with this particular children’s literature adaptation, after all.

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There’s going to be some heavy competition for the attention of families during the upcoming winter holiday season, what with the Annie remake and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opening within days of Paddington‘s theatrical debut. The Paddington character isn’t as well known here in the States as he is elsewhere, so it’s possible that King’s film will perform a lot better overseas than at the U.S. box office. We’ll see if Paddington’s whimsical antics go over better than expected, though.

Rounding out the cast of Paddington are such names as Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas), and Julie Walters (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2).


Paddington opens in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2014.

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  1. I loved my Paddington Bear!

  2. It looks kinda….

    I don’t know how to put this…..

    …. horrendous?

    • That’s not Paddington, that’s Slapstick Bear no. 53

      I don’t know, maybe it’s just an awful choice of scenes for the trailer. The one with the dog was what I’d expect to see throughout the movie. The rest? This isn’t supposed to be an Adam Sandler flick…

  3. Next flick up: Smikey The Bear and Yogi versus the Pyromaniacs!

    • Oops….”Smokey”!

  4. Where’s his blue raincoat?

    • Maybe they decided that it would not be realistic for a bear to be wearing a blue raincoat.

    • Duffel coat, sir!

  5. The beauty of the original Paddington stories (and the classic ’70s animated series) lay in their understated absurdity and the fact that Paddington himself was the quintessential “innocent abroad” trying constantly to do the right thing despite his unworldliness. More English than the English, if you will. I sincerely hope the cheap slapstick crap on display here is not representative of the film as a whole. Both the character himself and the decent supporting cast that’s been assembled (Peter Capaldi in particular) deserve WAY better.

    And why in the name of all that’s sacred is he NAKED, eh? That’s just fundamentally wrong and bloody weird.

    • One can only hope the Browns end up dressing him properly. Boots are optional, the duffel coat is not up for debate,

  6. G’old paddington, I imagine we’ll see a lot more of the, silent/absurd/dry humour accompanied by the heartwarming story that I expect this to be. albeit the trailer seemed a tad bit slapstick, that’s what works for the kids, and for the rest of us who grew up with him, well I’m sure we’ll get ours.

    Blue coat and rainboots, both are needed, will probably get them in the movie, in the middle or the end of it

  7. The cuteness is strong with this one.

  8. You haters can suck it, I laughed my ass off at that! The part that really got me was the MUST CARRY DOG sign and Paddington thinking he has to find a dog to carry in order to go down the escalator, that’s friggin’ classic! This is coming from someone who hates cutesy BS. A little slapstick never hurt anybody though.

  9. Needs the boot and coat, otherwise, how’d you tell this is Paddington Bear? There’ve been a lot of fictional anthropomorphic bears.

  10. So they got Colin Firth to make some grunting noises?

  11. This trailer was so revolting that my ten year old daughter lost her appetite for the movie snack she was enjoying when it appeared on the screen. The second time we went to the theater and this preview came on she asked to leave the room until it was over. This has never happened before and she has seen and enjoyed intense animations like the How to Train Your Dragon series.

    The humor in this movie is so repulsive you might as well let your child watch Dumb and Dumber or something by Ben Stiller or Johnny Knoxville. Who needs ratings anyway? Why not just leave your kids in a frat house with a bucket of popcorn for 90 minutes instead? They would probably be exposed to more class and decency. Great job bastardizing Paddington Bear.

    • As an English child of the early 60’s who grew up on Paddington, the trailers indicate that they have caught the spirit of Paddington beautifully.

      Unlike the total destruction job that Disney did on Pooh. An utter travesty.